I'm sitting next to a nice warm radiator with a nice warm cat on my knee and another at my back, lovely but not conducive to sharp wits; I spent the first few minutes after opening this blog looking for the missing one... before realizing that nothing was missing, and that last week was only the first Tuesday class after Christmas, and last night just the second... for Pete and myself however, it was actually the fifth class of one sort or another, and with practising our Winter School dances almost every day too it's almost impossible to realize it's only just over a week since we restarted the dancing. The class was down to just under 20 for the first time for months and it felt a little odd having so much room to dance but to balance the missing many we were happy to welcome back a regular visitor. The dance programme seemed to be enjoyed by everyone so there are very few changes for next week, though coincidentally, the two dances swapped in are both ones where we have contributed our own videos - for those who don't know - the ladies from Bournemouth, who visited last year, found us because they used our video of 'The Ring of Brodgar' to help them learn the dance. They noticed that the video was filmed in Paphos, searched, found this website and because they were coming here on holiday, e-mailed to ask if they could come and dance with us - the lovely letter they sent afterwards is on display at class. On another subject, Burns Night is definitely fully booked and a waiting list is operational, see 'future events' if you need any information on that - the Society AGM is also coming up, the AGM is always well attended, very friendly with a great meal to follow, worth coming to even if you aren't usually an enthusiastic meeting attendee. In the meantime I hope I'll see you next week
We were certainly lucky with the weather for our first Spring Season Tuesday dance night because it's been pretty wild since. We managed 'pretty wild' ourselves during the class and that was enough! I knew that people were very keen to get back dancing but even so it was a good turn out and we welcomed some more new faces to the beginners contingent - which is a great way to start the year. It's rejoining time for the Society so we had a break half way through to make sure the money takers had their minds on the job - but we got going again quickly enough to keep ourselves warm. The dancing was amazing fun - the fact that everyone leaves at the end of the night with huge smiles on their faces is all we need to know that we are doing it right! The Monday beginners class starts again next week - I'm running it at as a Mairi's Wedding 'masterclass' which is great fun to do - as anyone can join in whatever level they are at - and by the end we'll all be dancing it, I've then got Mairi's Wedding on next week's programme so hopefully we'll have more confident dancers to join - a great bonus to the Tuesday class.
Finally a big thanks to Annette for the gift to the society of a very appropriate box!
Best wishes to everyone who reads this blog, lets all hope for a healthy, wealthy and happy 2016 ... and good news for anyone out there who thought they'd missed out on Burn's Night tickets, we've had a few cancellations - get in fast if you're interested though, they are likely to get snapped up again quickly.
The last class of 2015 feels like months ago not just over a week ago – thank-you everyone who turned up for a little bit of final fun, especially Pat, yet again travelling all the way from the ‘Dark Side’ in Kyrenia, and Ann and David making another of their weekly journeys to join us from the far side of Limassol - though I know it was partly to get another bit of that fantastic cake, it’s great that our dance nights are good enough to make their journeys worth while.
I hope that we all had a great Christmas and we are all looking forward to an enjoyable Hogmanay, whatever that may involve. We have less than a week until our first class of 2016 – now that does seem incredible, but I know we will all be more than ready to work off a few calories and get back onto the dance floor. Tickets are now sold out for the Burns Supper at the Elea, which is amazing, and the committee is well into the organization for the AGM – yet again to be held at the UKCA to take advantage of Debbie’s marvellous cooking! Nomination sheets etc are soon to be sent out by the society secretary (nominations have to be back in by Feb 6th), it’s always a great afternoon so why not come along to support the society.
I'm just in the process of uploading the pictures I took last night - I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did - it's great to let our hair down occasionally. We have to thank lots of people, the providers of wonderful food, the washers up, everyone who contributed to the Secret Santa, and everyone who danced some crazy stuff with appropriate abandon. We'll be back to an approximation of normal next week - whatever that is! The next event is Burns Night and tickets are practically flying off the shelves - we've been told that Members have priority only until next week so if you are a member and want to join us let Irene or Annelise know before the 22nd or you may miss out because the Elea can only fit 70 - and that's if you're breathing in!
I have lost something - I'm sure that I updated this site last week but there must have been a glitch in time and that update has disappeared into another dimension. It's just as well that I couldn't remember the program order and had to check it again. I hope that lots of people will be able to come to the Ceilidh - I have been working hard on a bit of seasonal music and I know that the committee will have done their usual wonderful job, it's going to be an even better night than our normal fun packed evenings! Don't forget a Santa gift if you want one yourself - but it's not obligatory so don't fret if you haven't time to sort one out.
See you tomorrow
It is always very strange when a long anticipated event is finally over. The Ball was excellent - fun from the start of putting up our decorations (almost superfluous because the Kamares Club was already beautifully decorated for Christmas) to the last drawing pin and table name being recovered and put back in the box for another year. Thanks, yet again, have to go to Blevins Franks for their incredible generosity; their sponsorship meant we not only had wonderful food and a great night dancing, with the pleasure of live music for a change; but enjoyed chocolates, wine and great raffle prizes as well - the only disappointment was that quite a few of our members couldn't join us due to family commitments, health or other issues. The photographs are now on the site - look under the PAST EVENTS link above or click HERE if you want to see them. The portraits will be sent separately if you are wondering what has happened to them! We have already had one dance class since and that was great fun - especially for me since I could finally use some different dances for a change but I did think that once the Ball was over I would be a little less rushed, if anything I feel even busier because all the things I put off to do Ball stuff are now queueing up to be done. But never mind. We've got enough dancers for the Sunday Class yet again and the Monday Classes are gradually building up numbers so it's still all systems go! It's better than being bored!
This time next week the Ball will be over - it seems impossible that it has arrived so quickly. I have still got a huge amount to do but with the deadline almost upon us at least that means that prioritizing is easy... so these are very short blethers! I hope to see on Friday, if not then on Monday and if not then on Tuesday when finally we will be ringing the changes ( a little bit) with the programme - see you soon Jx
We were back to 40 attendees last night, but some were non-dancing visitors who happily enjoyed the evening from the sidelines. We had more UK visitors who were dancing friends of dancing friends and again it was great to see how welcoming the class is and how much fun our visitors find us. It was also great to welcome back more old friends popping over for pre-ball refreshers. It is still amazingly warm and it was no problem for the man with a mop to sort out the floor and have it dry before the hordes arrived which was a good thing because it was a wild night of dancing with lots of fast and furious stuff. There were no real dance breakdowns despite the number of newby dancers willing to get up and try truly scary stuff, well done to everyone who is promoting such a great atmosphere - our newer dancers are getting masses of practice which is the only way to learn but can be the hardest thing to do - and this atmosphere in turn is keeping the society active and vibrant. Next week it's the Ball, which is just as much fun with posh clothes added, we will have a brilliant time.
It's like a yo-yo our attendance numbers, last week over 40, this week just 26 - but it was a brilliant night and if I'm honest far easier to teach and dance. We had to contend with a slightly icy floor again - the man with the mop worked over time and still we had problems - though we think we know why, so hopefully next week it will be better. The dance program was a little frantic so it was just as well we are getting slightly cooler nights, though we still had a window open at one point. Two more classes before the ball so the program was packed with 'problem' dances - it gives a slightly skewed impression since it looks like all the ball dances are difficult, but in fact we have most of them 'under our belt', in fact even the tough ones we danced with very little problem - the moments when they broke down proving that we have truly learnt them, because the sets kept going and reformed correctly - formations we spent 15 minutes learning at the beginning of the season, newcomers were picking up in the space of a walk-through because everyone else has grasped the concept - and it's quite possible my teaching has improved with the practice too! If people feel a little tired this morning it could be because in reality we danced 12 dances last night - the super 'Scott Meikle' twice, and 'Johnnie Walker' was included in the programme - being a Medley it is effectively 2 dances - and it was great to see everyone laughing as they left the dance floor.
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the Emirates: Lives in Cyprus, Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life. Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, Sudoku, God, my husband & my cats (not necessarily in that order). Hates - cooking, housework, TV, politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind