Please note – Classes resume next week, with Forres on Monday 8th January at 8pm and Nairn at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th January. Look forward to seeing you then.
Can I also let Forres dancers know that the following week, Monday 15th January we are going to meet, for that week only, in St Leonard’s Church Hall. This is to avoid the annual clash with the dress rehearsal of the pantomime. Let’s hope this is a better solution than trying to dance in the Masonic Room. St Leonard’s is next door to the Town Hall.
On Monday 22nd January the Forres Class will be preceded by a Family Ceilidh from 6.30-7.45pm, led by Kate McArdle. The class that evening will be a celebration of Burns. Members can attend both the Ceilidh and the class at 8pm for the usual £4.00 charge. For non-members the Ceilidh will be £2.00 per head or £5.00 for a family ticket. Please let any friends who might be interested know of the event.
Burns will be celebrated at the Nairn Class on Thursday 25th January.
The Annual General Meeting of the Branch will be on Monday 12th March in Forres. Further details will be available in due course.
From Anne Taylor of the Buckie Branch:
I am intending to run a Candidate Class for Units 2, 3 and 5 beginning about the end of March 2018.
This would probably take place in Keith again.
I would be obliged if you could either inform anyone interested or display on your Forres web page.
For more details and updates email
Anne Taylor <email@example.com>
Monday 22nd January will be a Family Ceilidh Dance & Burns inspired Class. Ceilidh dancing starts at 6.30 for families to 7.45, cost £2 pp & family ticket including 2 children £5, followed by a Burns inspired dance class from 8pm. Music by Peem Stevenson.
Please Note – Beginners’ Class is cancelled for the rest of the season. Regular class starts at 8pm.
Workshops – You will have read in the recent Newsletter about our plans to hold workshops this season to help dancers improve their technique and dance style.
The Workshop to help prepare for the December Dance will be held on Sunday 17th December from 2pm to 4pm in the Lesser Town Hall, Forres. It will be led by Christine Grant and Kate McArdle. They will teach a dozen or so dances from the programme for 29th December to help the less experienced or the permanently terrified! It would be useful to have an idea of numbers for this event, so if you are going to come please let me know. Refreshments will be served; the usual class fee of £4.00 will be charged.
Chairperson – Kate McArdle has decided to resign the post of Chair. The Chair of the Branch until the AGM in 2018 is Christine Grant.
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Forres Branch
Newsletter Summer 2017
As September days begin to shorten, it is time to think about the start of the new dancing season. But let’s also reflect on a very successful summer with enjoyable Summer Socials helping to keep us all on our toes. It has been a delight having Frank Thompson play each month; his winning personality and excellent playing, with good tunes, has done much to contribute to the enjoyment of these events. There was a very pleasing increase in numbers attending the Socials, surely evidence of the good sense in asking Frank to play. Yet again the generosity of members and guests contributing to the supper and raffle has been a feature of the evenings. Thanks must also go to the teachers who have compiled the programmes and called the dances. And of course to be able to support local charities has kept us mindful of those in need in our community. Planning for 2018 is already under-way.
The first Forres Class of the new season is on Monday 18th September at 8pm Everyone should have had the information that the previous published date, 11th September was incorrect and that classes recommence a week later on the 18th of the month; apologies for this error. Kate McArdle will be teaching the main class in Forres for three weeks, and then Dorothy Scott will take over on 9th October for four weeks. Christine Grant will take all the Mondays in November and December. To help meet the needs of all dancers, beginners and less experienced dancers will be asked to leave by 9.30 leaving the last half hour for more challenging formations and dances.
A class for new dancers will start at 7.15 on 18th September in the Lesser Town Hall, Forres. That will run until shortly before the main class at 8pm. Those attending that class are asked to remain in the vestibule until the class for new dancers has ended. The new dancers’ class will be led by Margaret Ross in September and October, followed by Neil Grant in November and December. The Nairn Class starts on Thursday 21st September at 7.30 and will again be taught by Kate McArdle. Any Branch member can attend either or both classes each week.
Neil Ellison continues to maintain the Branch web site, www.rscdsforres.org.uk There is also a Facebook page so follow the Branch page at ‘rscds forres branch.’ Remember that dance programmes and cribs are available on the Inverness Branch diary, invernessrscds.co.uk/diary and our own web site www.rscdsforres.org.uk
The Committee has spent some time discussing how to best meet the needs of all dancers. To help towards this, two special events are going to be included in the calendar. A session for experienced dancers that will address technical issues and some challenging dances will be held on Sunday 19th November from 2.00 – 4.00pm. A session to help prepare new dancers for the Branch December dance will be held on Sunday 17th December from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Further details of both events will be announced as the term progresses and needs are further considered.
The Branch September Dance is on Friday 29th September in Forres Town Hall, 8pm to midnight. Dancing will be to James Coutts. Jane Johnston will again be co-ordinating the refreshments.
The Nairn Class will celebrate St Andrew’s Night on Thursday 30th November at 7.30 in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre. Everyone is invited to support this evening. Burns Night will be combined with a family ceilidh in Forres on Monday 22nd January, 2018. The Nairn class will celebrate Burns on Thursday 25th January.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held in Perth on Saturday 4th November. The Chair and Secretary of the Branch are automatically delegates to this Meeting. Unfortunately the Chair, Kate, is unable to attend so a proxy will be appointed. Of course all Members of the Society may attend this exciting and enjoyable weekend without attending the AGM! Go to the Society’s web site, rscds.org for details of the dance, ball and classes available over the weekend.
Our Treasurer for many years, Helen Davidson, has decided to retire from the position at the Branch AGM in 2018. Helen has been a tireless worker as Treasurer and we are very grateful for all her effort and support. It is important that a new Treasurer is identified as soon as possible so that a smooth transition can take place. Should you be interested in carrying on this very important work, then please contact Kate.
Dates for next season
Monday 18th September Beginners’ Class 7.15 to 9.30
Monday 18th September Main Class 8pm
Thursday 21st September Nairn Class 7.30pm
Friday 29th September Dance at Forres 8pm music James Coutts
Sunday 19th November Advanced class 2-4pm Forres Town Hall
Thursday 30th November St Andrew’s Night Nairn, 7.30
Sunday 17th December Dance preparation 2-4pm, Forres Town Hall
Monday 18th December Last Forres Class
Thursday 21st December Last Nairn Class
Friday 29th December Dance at Forres, music Frank Thompson
Monday 8th January ‘18 Forres starts 8pm
Thursday 11th January Nairn starts 7.30pm
Monday 22nd January Burns Night & Family Ceilidh Forres 8pm
Thursday 25th January Burns Night Nairn 7.30pm
Monday 26th March Forres ends
Thursday 29th March Nairn ends
Friday 30th March Dance at Nairn 8pm music Marian Anderson
Charity SCO 25715
Contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07906306160
Branch web site rscdsforres.org.uk
Some photos from the Family Ceilidh held on the 23rd Jan 2017 in the lesser Town Hall. Music by Peem, who played for the evening class as well. The evening was a success being enjoyed by young and old and dancers and novice dancers.
The Junior Classes – have been stopped meantime. Please keep an eye on the web site or the RSCDS Forres branch Facebook page for updates. We hope to restart in January 2017.
RSCDS Summer School
what Katie did, see dance clip