Half way through the first half of the class I turned around from my contemplation of computer, camera and next dance crib to see bodies flying in all directions, more or less out of control but still with big grins on their faces. I realised, a little belatedly that the music I was playing for Duke of Perth was just a tad faster than our normal speed and although everyone was up for it, and doing amazingly well, I confess to a momentary qualm as to whether all our injury disclaimers were current. Thankfully everyone survived more or less intact - and despite a certain amount of staggering as they left the dance floor the recovery was worthy of a Jane Fonda exercise class and within minutes the floor was packed again for 8 minutes of the lovely Miss Gibson's Strathspey. At an average age probably hovering around the late 60's if not more, I doubt if there's many forms of exercise that can provide that degree of fitness without anyone even considering the good that it's doing them, we are all just there to enjoy ourselves. It was a challenging programme though that wasn't my intention really - the inclusion of Black Mountain Reel was intended to be the only true challenge but the welcome return of several of our 'swallows' over the last few weeks meant that a larger proportion of the class were new to the dances. Well done to all of you who were dragged up and joined in, and didn't you all do well! See you next week and I promise I'll check the speed of the Duke of Perth music next time!
Last Tuesday was a rather exhausting day. Congratulations and thanks are due to David , who was 75 last Tuesday (well that is what we are told but he certainly doesn't look it) and to Janet who organised his stylish lunch time celebration with incredible flair and patience. Further congratulations to both of them and everyone else who managed to enjoy the fantastic feast and convivial company they provided and still turn up to dance, with as much energy and enthusiasm as usual, only a few hours later. Our numbers were very slightly down on the last few classes but not as much as I had expected so we still had enough dancers for 3 sets.
Sad news had been delivered earlier of the death of Sheila Fenwick, the wife of former chairman and stalwart supporter of the Society, Harry; although many years since they could take to the dance floor Harry was still a regular attender of the Society AGM's until only a few years ago, our sympathies go out to him and all his family.
On a brighter note, if people are planning to attend our St Andrew's Ball on November 24th and want to check the Dance programme in advance you can find it HERE or via the Future Events page above. Most of the dances will be already familiar to regular attendees on Tuesday's because the programme always includes mainly dances for the ball (they are marked with an * on the printed evening programmes) - the fact that every Tuesday class is so much fun bodes very well for an excellent night at the Kamares Club in November. In the meantime don't forget the Tattoo Night at the UKCA on October 28th - more details HERE
Our numbers are getting back into the mid 30's as we welcome more and more people back to Cyprus. With so many dancers, including a very intrepid guest/newcomer we've had our first dance with 4 sets up, again it's a work in progress working out the best way to organise ourselves but the dancers in our 4th set were happy with the amount of space they had to dance and we've still got other options to explore if necessary. It was lovely to see Maxine again who is visiting after a few year's absence, she has been a great support and source of knowledge in the past and is a very generous and experienced teacher. We dance a reasonably challenging program and the fact we get through so many dances with a very mixed range of abilities in the class is because all our experienced dancers are so helpful to the rest of their set. We had 3 sets dancing Culla Bay again to help get it firmly into peoples minds, and I'm putting it on the programme again this week, it's a lovely dance which is on the St Andrew's Ball programme and having more people confident dancing it means it's easier for beginners to join a set to learn it too. The other dances on the programme which are also on the Ball dance programme were all danced well and enjoyed. I will be putting the Ball dance programme on the website soon - with a link from the Future Events page but in the meantime we also have the Tattoo night to look forward to. Open to Guests as well as members with a showing of the Edinburgh Tattoo video, and excellent meal and a live band to round off the evening it's only €10 for members and €12 for guests - details again are to be found on the Future Events page.
The St Andrew Society has many individuals to thank for it's continuing success but perhaps none more than the modest lady who's birthday is was last Tuesday - and not a word would she have said about it. Newer members are naturally unaware that Alison, who still supports us virtually every week but now only occasionally ventures on the dance floor is a past Society Chairman who kept faith with it's possibilities despite membership falling away and Paphos changing around her. She was the main teacher of the class for 17 years of both success and struggle with standards high enough at one time to consider competitions and an established demonstration team!
I am personally very grateful for her continuing support, my style of teaching is very different but it's always reassuring to know that Alison is there in the background with her years of experience available if ever we need it. I hope the fun and enthusiasm of the class this week with it's great atmosphere and amazing achievements (3 sets dancing Culla Bay - 50% of the dancers never having danced it before - wow! not to mention 'Swiss Lassie') shows it was all worth it.
The second class of the season is now under our belts and we are already welcoming people back who have been away for the summer. We are also delighted to welcome a lovely new member of the Society, in fact she is doubly welcome as she is already a very competent dancer. Despite several sidelining injuries and the inevitable need for exchanging news we managed 3 sets up for several dances. We still have to optimise the arrangement of sets but it's now proved that the venue can accommodate 3 fairly easily - and over the last season 3 sets up was usually the maximum we had on the floor at one time, so for me that was the main criteria for the venue after achieving a safe floor to dance on.
We had announcement of our October event, an Edinburgh Tattoo video night at the UKCA on Saturday 28th October as well as a reminder for the Charity Coffee Morning at the Royal Artemis Hospital on Saturday 30th September (not a Society event as such but being organised by our brilliant Social Sec and worthy of support) and of course our signature event of the St Andrew's Ball at the Kamares Club in November. Details as they 'come in ' will always be found on the 'Future Events' page - link at the top of the page. Don't forget you can also look back at our past events too.
So the first class is over and although we only had 18 people attending it was enough for 2 sets to try out and approve our brand new venue. This was our first experience of being able to dance in a nice cool room at this time of year. The very humid evenings we are having at the moment would have made it very uncomfortable without air-conditioning. The sound system was excellent and there were no slippery moments even though we danced Mairi's Wedding, and Postie's Jig with plenty of gusto, I can now breath again! Here are a few pictures to show how much we enjoyed ourselves. Hopefully those of you aren't back with us yet will join us soon we are all looking forward to seeing you.
I've just been checking through the 'Tuesday Box' to make sure that everything is still in there and hasn't disappeared after being washed or checked. The laptop has been charging and I've gone through all the music needed for Tuesday. The notice boards are being made up, membership form details changed to reflect the change of dance class location, cribs sorted, attendance register, disclaimer forms and membership badges located (well you never know) and shoes aired. Roll on the day - see you all then I hope, or if you aren't back on the island for a few weeks, hopefully I'll see you once you'r back.
Well the news is out! Our new location for Tuesday night is going to be the PCFi meeting hall in Kato Paphos - check out the location page for directions if you don't know the place.
We are sincerely sad to be leaving the Latin Parish Hall, they have been excellent hosts for a decade - but we have all suffered many nervous moments with the condition of the floor there, not to mention the electrics, sound system, curtains and toilets! Our mission this year was to try and find an improvement, which given all the acknowledged benefits of the LPH in size, location, parking and price was tough.
I know some people with memories of the Welcome Inn (the previous incarnation of the meeting hall) will be curious as to how it will be an improvement - well it has changed. Check out the pictures below and you'll see why we like it and we are pretty sure you will too. Admittedly it is not bigger than the LPH, and we will still have the dreaded columns but it will allow a similar number of sets and in every other way it is an improvement - including air conditioning. The absolutely main thing however is that the floor is not slippery - we wont be starting the class on an ice rink this year and I wont be having a heart attack every time someone nearly crashes to the floor. Wahay!
This has been an eventful summer for many of us; not all of it enjoyable, but pretty good on the whole.
Our new dancing season is getting closer with only 3 weeks to go until our first Tuesday session. There has been quite a lot of work going on behind the scenes during the summer and there will be some announcements in the next week or two to let everyone know how things are changing. This is by the way of whetting your appetite and to warn everyone to look out for e-mails as well as the changes on this website. See you all soon I hope, if the number of 'hits' on the site are anything to go by we should have an excellent turn out when we get back together. Keep cool, I should be posting more updates later in the week Jx
Additional photos from Irene have just been added to the Picnic in the Park slide show (access via Past Events) or click HERE
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