RSCDS & RSCDS Australia pages
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) – Edinburgh (Head
RSCDS Australia – Scottish Country Dancing in Australia
RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch
Main Page (page hosted on RSCDS
Coming Events (page hosted on RSCDS Australia) – or see
Hunter Valley Branch membership
Gosford class (page hosted on
Strath Hunter class is not being held at present.
Events in the Hunter Branch area
… including links to Arthur's Strathspey Server dance event listings (shown as <Dance
details> where they have been created). These listings show dance cribs, diagrams, videos, additional information,
etc. where available for each dance.
Note: Events, especially regular classes in 2021, are subject to
approval under COVID-19 restrictions and may or may not occur!
For more information refer to flyers in the current edition of The Rant (July
or contact Allyn Douglass (firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 0422 747 965).
|6:45 pm (Wed)
||Gosford class – Church of Christ Hall, 299 Henry Parry
|7:30 pm (Fri)
||Colleges class – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd, Adamstown
view of the NSW government
restrictions for regional NSW with dance … classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn)
the Colleges class has been cancelled until further notice. Please keep an eye on the NSW Government website for
information, and we will try to keep you updated as well.
|18 September (Sat)
|Hunter Valley Branch Annual General Meeting
Due to Newcastle's lockdown restrictions the AGM will be conducted by e-mail.
Contact Allan Douglas if you need further information at email@example.com
or phone 0422 747 965.
Dora Creek Community Hall, 2 Doree Place, Dora Creek.
Enquiries to Allyn Douglass at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 0422 747 965.
|30 Sept. (Thu) –
3 October (Sun)
|Scottish Country Dance and Music Mini School, Canberra – Cancelled
||Colleges Riverwood Downs Weekend – Cancelled
|27 November (Sat)
||Hunter Valley Branch St Andrews Social <Dance
Featuring Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt
6–7pm Pre-dance walk through, 7pm Drinks and nibbles, 7:30 Dancing
Adamstown Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Brunker & Glebe Roads, Adamstown
Additional Scottish Country Dancing Internet resources
[Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary]
Scottish Country Dance Database
Teacher Training Unit 2 Dances
Some of Arthur & Julia Scottish Country dances…
A Summer (Northern Hemisphere) Celebration [2020!]
RSCDS Headquarters has been very proactive in these times, and has prepared a whole programme of activities
under the title “Dance
Scottish – A Summer Celebration” with music workshops and dance classes which were recorded so they can be viewed
online after the event. Ros McKie, on behalf of the Hunter Valley Branch, prepared one of these classes, and our production can be
viewed on Arthur Kingsland’s RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch video playlist on his YouTube channel:
|Download Size Warning: If you are
intending to watch these videos on your mobile phone and you have issues with your monthly download
allocation you need to know that watching these videos in high resolution (the default) will use up about 1-1.5 GB to view
them once each! If your mobile phone is using a Wi-fi connection then you are probably OK.
The whole production (as packaged) has four parts (but due to time constraints only the first 3 were shown during the online
- Ros McKie details the history of Australian Winter Schools illustrated with slides from various schools
around Australia and then discusses the 43rd School in 2018.
- Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt play some tunes and explain how they approach playing music for dancing and
highlight what makes them different from other Scottish Dance musicians.
- The teaching of a new dance, Let's Get This Sorted – Bars 1 to 32, written by Julia Smith using various
movements that best accommodate our current circumstances avoiding the need to give hands.
- Let's Get This Sorted – Bars 33 to 64. It is useful to see the second time through to understand the sequence when
starting in your partner's place.
There is a fifth video which, with slight editing, combines all 64 bars of Ros' teaching for Julia's dance Let's Get This
Sorted. Dance instructions can be downloaded here: Let's
Get This Sorted by Julia Smith.
In case you were looking for it, here's a link to the Newcastle
Irish Set Dancers website.