It was lovely to welcome 56 dancers from our region to our second dance of the season to the Lutterell Hall in West Bridgford. This season is our 60th anniversary year since the Branch was formed in 1959, and will culminate in a 60th Anniversary dance in May (details on the Events page!)
The wonderful music played by Ian Robertson and his Scottish Dance Band was an absolute joy to dance to, and inspired us to keep our feet reeling and setting until the very end of the night! An excellent Bring and Share supper was enjoyed by everyone at the interval.
Thank you to David Page for the collage of photos taken during the dance. There is also a link for a video taken during the evening by Mary Aitken of the dance Pirongia, which was on the programme.
Our next dance will be a Hogmanay dance on 31st December 2018, 8.00pm to just after midnight at Lowdham Village Hall (tickets £7 and £4 spectators, inc a wee tipple and cake for a toast). Details on the Events page.
November 2018 – National Events in 2019
It might see a long way off but it is time to start thinking about the big RSCDS events that are being held in 2019.
The RSCDS events website is the best place to find out about all their forthcoming events: RSCDS Events
There are three events that we thought you might be particularly interested in:
Winter School 2019:
This is held from the 17th to the 22nd February in Pitlochery. Full details can be found here: Winter School 2019
Summer School 2019:
Over a month in the summer the RSCDS organise four weeks of music and dancing. In 2019 Summer School will begin on the 14th July and runs until the 11th August. Lots of different classes, courses and events will be held and full details can be found here: Summer School 2019
Lots of our members have attended Summer School in the past so please get in touch if you would like any more information.
Spring Fling & Spring Fringe 2019:
Spring Fling is an annual event for 12-35 year olds who have a basic grasp of Scottish Country Dancing. This year the event is being hosted by the Paris Branch of the RSCDS on behalf of the RSCDS Youth Services Committee. It is being held on the 19th-21nd April. Like Summer School a range of classes and social events are arranged over the weekend, but ultimately it is a designed to be a weekend that is fun and full of dancing!
More information about Spring Fling can be found here: Spring Fling 2019
Alongside this there is a parallel event called the Spring Fringe for everyone else who would like to be involved in a fun weekend of dancing. Some of the social dancing is shared with attendees at the Spring Fling but there are also dedicated Spring Fringe classes.
More information about Spring Fringe can be found here: Spring Fringe 2019
October 2018 – New Season Update
Classes have now been underway for a few weeks and it’s been lovely to catch up with everyone after the long summer break.
We’ve welcomed some new starters and been re-joined by others whose careers have taken them away for a period of time.
The class for new starters and the class for those who are more experienced are both progressing well, helping us all to learn new techniques or to brush up on those skills that might have become rusty! Additionally, those of us who didn’t get in much dancing over the summer are well on the way to regaining our previous fitness levels.
June 2018 – East Bridgford Village Show – Demonstration
Our demonstration team danced at the East Bridgford Village Show on Saturday 30th June. They danced several dances in the sunshine and below are some photographs from the Show. There is a video of one of dances, called Nottingham Lace, available here.
May 2018 – Annual Dance 2018
On the evening of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, while their guests partied at Windsor Castle, 45 dancers from our region met at Lowdham Village Hall and enjoyed dancing to the music of Neil Barron and his Scottish Dance Band.
An excellent Bring and Share Supper fortified the dancers after the challenges of Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich and The Dancing Master in the first half and kept everyone going until Auld Lang Syne at the end of the evening! It was a great dance at the end of our season and the lovely photos were taken by Lucy Tyler, Elizabeth’s granddaughter who came to help with the refreshments.
May 2018 – ASCDS Festival 2018
On Saturday 12th May, after a pub lunch, fourteen dancers represented the Branch in the massed dances at the Association of Scottish Country Dance Societies’ 58th Annual Festival held at the Retford Oaks Academy hosted by the Chesterfield group. Altogether there were 200+ dancers from the East Midlands and South Yorkshire all enjoying dancing to the music of Chris Dewhurst and his Band. It was lovely to meet up with friends from other groups that we meet each year, all great fun.
Some of the groups performed demonstration dances during the afternoon, and Nottingham’s team danced a 3 couple Strathspey Twenty-three Two Ninety which was very well received. Check out the video!
A fish and chip supper was on offer before a hundred or so dancers stayed on for yet more dancing at an evening social dance to Chris’s music hosted by Retford RSCDS. Altogether it was a most enjoyable day…here’s to next year!
May 2018 – Celebration Social Dance
The Nottingham Branch had a lot to celebrate recently. At the end of a very successful year which saw us launch a new website, had 11 beginners join our group this season, ran five very well-attended and enjoyable Saturday dances during the year and to top it all, classes no longer running at a loss. This enabled us to reduce our weekly class fees much to everyone’s delight!
But there was another reason for our celebration night, which had been a closely guarded secret up until then and in fact was the original idea for the evening. We were recognising milestones for three of our RSCDS teachers for their contribution to Scottish Country dancing at the branch and elsewhere. It was exactly 50 years since Tony Payne passed his full certificate, 45 years for Margaret Livingston and an amazing 55 years for Eleanor Balfour, a total of 150 years between them! That is an incredible achievement.
After extended social dancing, our chairman Elizabeth Gull made a short speech and presented each of them with a specially prepared certificate in gratitude for their work and then they were invited to cut a celebration cake, complete with the Branch logo. Everyone then enjoyed chatting over tea, coffee and a piece of cake in an extended break. It was a really lovely evening enjoyed by everyone and David Page took these lovely photos.
February 2018 – Burns Night Demonstration
Eight members of the branch demonstration team were invited to give a display of Scottish dances to entertain over 60 guests at a Charity Burns Supper held by the Thoresby Masonic Lodge at Chilwell on Friday 2nd Feb.
It was a splendid evening and we were piped into the hall by piper Colin McAlpine. All the guests were seated to watch the dancing of a mix of jigs, reels and strathspeys before their traditional Burns Supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. The kilts and sashes swung to the lively tunes and it was a pleasure to dance for such an appreciative audience!
Thanks to the team for a great performance.
This demonstration is featured in the West Bridgford Wire: http://westbridgfordwire.com/scottish-country-dancing-west-bridgford/