Where has the summer gone... well actually summer is still here so it would be better to say - where has the time gone? It feels like only a week ago that I was leaving Cyprus in a rush - 5 fantastic weeks later I'm back, and still in a rush, getting everything together for dancing restarting tonight. It's going to be a hot one so we'll be taking it very easy but it'll be great to see everyone again. Jx
I've just received the message that I have passed my Unit 5, the final part of my teacher's certificate. Not exactly with flying colours, but with enough to get me through... phew. I honestly think it's one of the hardest things I have ever done, but worth it for the experiance and the introduction to the RSCDS's wonderful Summer and Winter Schools if for nothing else.
I am sat in my room listening to the amazing piano playing from the 'common room' where nearly 100 people are enjoying their evening's country dancing. P & I were in that common room enjoying ourselves yesterday but just to make a change we spent this evening in the wonderfully atmospheric 'old dining room' where nearly as many people are dancing the night away doing a selection of ceilidh dances with an equally great band and leader. These are the evenings in Summer School at St Andrew's, and after the dances they party.... but after nearly 2 weeks tuition I am nearing the end of my Unit 5 course and getting my Exam assignment tomorrow - so this year they are going to party without me.... but next year - watch out! P is so enjoying his lessons that he is limiting his evening dancing so as not to overtire himself for the next day.. a tribute indeed to the quality of the teaching and the fun he is having in the lessons. I am just looking forward to getting my Unit 5 over with, but having said that, it has been a great experience with some amazing people.
Last Saturday I did manage to get to that week's end of week dance in the amazing Younger Hall. Here are some of my 'Candidate's Class' with our wonderful teachers. Thank you to Annette for the photo.
It is difficult to believe that it is only 2 weeks since the final Tuesday class of the season – as usual time is passing so quickly I’ve difficulty in keeping track. We had a great night, hot enough to make us happy to stop and not so hot that we couldn’t dance at all – the night was slightly marred by an unexpected and unexplained injury... but thankfully the sufferer seems to be doing well and hopefully by the time we are back at class everyone on the injury list will be fully fit and raring to go.
P & I are now looking forward (if that is the term) to Summer School, and I have to thank the St Andrew Committee for a very generous gift towards my expenses there. I've been sent my first block of homework to complete prior to the 2 weeks of Unit 5, and I've got lots of reading to do. Meanwhile P is practicing 3 dances a day from his Social Dance programme to make sure he can keep up –good exercise for both of us because we are already missing Tuesday nights. In the next few weeks I will be busy with lectures, gardening, printing and various charity jobs but I’m already working on the program for the Fall Ball because we only have a week or two available for work when we get back – I’ve lot of good idea’s though, and it has been such an unusually cool June it’s a good thing that we are planning the Ball in September instead of the June date we had last year - we'd have run the risk of being rained on at this time but September is always beautiful - It's going to be a great night, but in the meantime I hope everyone has a great summer.
I wasn't at my best last week, though I’d felt okay when I arrived, my brain decided to have a ‘go slow’ as soon as we started dancing, however everyone got over the initial confusion and we had a really good night. The programme was heavy with Strathspeys in anticipation of high temperatures, but in fact it was a really nice evening with a good breeze keeping us cool, though later on the humidity rose and we were all very glad of the slower paced dances giving us time to catch our breath. We welcomed a new dancer, who thoroughly enjoyed herself and who will definitely raise our average skill level since she had obviously danced extensively in the UK and we enjoyed some hilarious moments as the class managed to get through most of the dances on the programme with most of the dancers in the class getting up for every one – despite the extreme range of skills and experience – well done to everyone. One more class to go before the summer break and we are definitely leaving on a high.
For the first time since I've been here we've had to cancel an event - it's a shame because as usual a lot of work had gone into the preparation, however so many people, who would normally have come, are off on holiday we just couldn't get the numbers to guarantee the great night that everyone now expects - and it was also a shame that so many people that would have liked to attend weren't able... so rethinking and rescheduling is definitely in order. And we have the FALL BALL to look forward to, if time continues to pass as fast as it has already this year the Ball will be here in a heartbeat!
In the meantime there are 2 more Tuesday classes to go, I hope to see you there.
I haven’t been feeling particularly wonderful the last few weeks but dancing is so great at making you feel better both physically and mentally. I know that this is an opinion shared by many of the class; it’s like turning up for a weekly dose of happiness! P & I went through the floor prep again last week and it has completely solved the slipperiness problem – it was great to dance without worrying about falling but the temperature is rising and even taking a few minutes break between dances isn’t enough to stop people getting too exhausted to dance - so it isn’t too much of a blow that there are only 2 more weeks of dancing left on the calendar. Then we have the Barn Dance of course, which I hope everyone who is still on the island will bring some friends to and enjoy. See you next week
Life is full of ups and downs but to have both to such a degree in the few hours of a dance class is thankfully rare. P & I turned up early armed with brushes and mop determined to do whatever we could to improve the safety of the floor... and rather to our surprise our little plan worked, hard work but we had grip, wonderful; a friend who said she’d like to try the class, came on time, danced brilliantly and hopefully enjoyed herself, amazing, it’s great to have such a promising new dancer join the class – and then half way through the evening one of our stalwart members, currently on the injured list, simply leans forward in his chair and dislocates his hip and has to be practically carried out in great pain, so sad. We all send our sincere best wishes to a great guy (not to mention his long suffering better half) with hopes for a ‘final solution’ to an ongoing and far too protracted problem. Next week we'll hope for just as much fun at class but just a tad less drama... and I'm sure there will be plenty who will be happy with that too.
We had a great night, nice and warm with a cool breeze stopping it from being impossibly hot; our numbers are down but that actually makes very little difference to the numbers dancing and it is actually easier to teach! Our new chairman also cemented her popularity by treating us all to a drink to celebrate her birthday. Thank you very much Doris and congratulations. Despite therefore, having an enforced drinking break, some relatively new dances on the programme and lots of Strathspeys (in consideration of the heat) we managed the full 10 dances. The newer dances were all done well and very much enjoyed, the only problem is that we are again suffering from a very slippery floor – so dangerous for our type of dancing – since the LPH’s cleaning equipment appears to have disappeared we are going to turn up next week with our own brushes and mop to at least ensure there is no dust contributing to the slipperiness!
It was a very good turn out on a potentially stormy night; it was great to welcome back folk we haven’t seen for a while and sad to say goodbye to others; though most are promising to come back as soon as they can. The evening was warmer than any so far this year but we still managed to get 3 sets up for one of the dances and 2 sets for almost all the others which is pretty good going, especially since we still have far too many people on the injured list in fact it's a tribute to the fun had at the evening how many people turn up even though they can't dance. The floor and the electrics were both behaving themselves too which is always a bonus... let’s hope next week’s class turns out as lucky!
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