It is finally, definitely Spring... in fact it looks like it could actually be Summer; temperatures have gone from distinctly chilly to uncomfortably sticky in just 2 weeks, not a very healthy situation which is probably why my cold is still lingering and I struggled slightly to run the class last night. We are gradually losing our winter flock but gladly hosting the occasional summer visitor so still managed 2 sets for a lot of the dances despite having 2 injured bodies suffering on the sidelines. Unfortunately the LPH is again having electricity supply problems; however we managed quite a good class because our music is powered by battery and with fewer people in the class I didn’t have to shout too much. Luckily as the sun went down our electrical genius appeared and pulled the right switch to put the lights back on – which, although they did eventually trip again, lasted long enough to finish the class and get most people out safely. Another good aspect was that the LPH floor wasn’t quite as treacherous as last week and people also brought shoes with better grip so disaster was averted and a good time was had by all ... yet again, good aint it! J
It seems unbelievable that it’s now a week since the party... time flies, which is a good thing really since I am trying to get over a nasty cold before next week’s class, and if it was dragging too much I wouldn’t be able to keep sensibly in my bed as much as I have - at least most of the time. Last week’s class was both very good and very bad... very good because we were joined by some super visitors who, hopefully, will want to dance with us again, and very bad because the LPH floor was yet again in a super smooth state and very dangerous for dancing; it’s just over 6 months since the floor was in a similar state and it took weeks for it to be right again... I sincerely hope we don’t have the same problem.
I have just got up from my sick bed (very gladly) to put next Tuesday’s dance programme together, it’s always a challenge; with the added disadvantage that I really need to see a lot of dances performed that are new to the class so I’ve got some chance of passing my Summer Exams... and we don’t have to do all of them again!
I am a bit confused – but there’s nothing unusual in that, I seem to have had a blether free week and I don’t know how it happened, but never mind. The day after a party always seems flat and this one is no exception, we had a great get together, cut the cake and enjoyed kiddy level dancing with some real kiddies! (and very good they were too – definitely dancers in the making). The boat trip was won, the sporran was attached, the prizes given out and everyone staggered home clutching their beer and goody bags. It wasn’t without incident but the lessons learnt will be put into use to improve future events and now there is Tuesday to look forward to again. I am introducing a few more dances from my exam list... but they shouldn’t be too arduous, unlike the White Rabbit 2, which after doing White Rabbit 1 at the party seemed to be asking to be reintroduced – see you soon it’s going to be fun!
I’m updating this rather later than usual but it’s been a busy week. Preparations for the 21st Party, of which I’ve done quite a bit already and still have quite a lot to do, (I’m not the only one of course.. there’s lots going on behind the scenes and even on the day volunteers to help decorate can meet us there at 10a.m.) organizing the Sunday class and liaising with the UKCA who are letting me start a class there; Teaching how to update a website run on Weebly (not this one!) attending an AGM and, now the sun is shining just a bit more, all the inevitable garden jobs that can’t wait have all put me behind my normal schedule, but we did get two really good dance sessions last week – the Tuesday class was a hoot, well done to all the visitors who just plunged in and did it, to have 2 weeks with youngsters in the class was great, and a real tribute to the whole class because if it wasn’t such a friendly fun experience members wouldn’t feel comfortable bringing their friends and family. Sunday class was low in numbers but we got through some really great dances – some of which I will hopefully introduce on Tuesdays. See you there.. :-)
I have decided on a new blethering technique, I am going to blether first on a word document, then copy and paste it into the website – that way when most of it disappears I can just update from the saved copy... clever eh! It’s only taken me 6 months to think of it. It is annoying when my immortal prose disappears, but in the end it is a very small issue compared with all the excellent things about this site builder.
As I write this I am very thankful for our central heating and our cats who are doing their best to keep us warm on a very chilly evening, it’s difficult to remember that this week was the first time we walked into the LPH to set up for class and found it was warm enough to finally believe spring is here. It was a great night’s dancing with everyone doing their best to make visitors welcome and some very brave attempts at a very complicated dance – of course the set that got through it successfully should rightfully be pleased with themselves but the set that struggled should be equally pleased because they were aiming high, trying to learn something in 10 minutes that usually is taught over hours and they still had fun... and there’s always next week, I hope everyone will be brave enough to try again!
We are welcoming back old friends while missing others who have headed home. One encouraging thing is the news that people have been having great fun dancing back in the UK - however ironic it may be to start this sort of dancing in Cyprus before discovering it in the UK
Finally we are back to our more usual format - of me telling everyone what to do, and no-body taking much notice - as opposed to everyone taking no notice of volunteer 'order abouter's'. We had a hilarious night of dancing fairly new dances with many fairly new dancers - although it was a dance that was well known that caused the most hilarity... well done to everyone involved, it isn't always going to go right but if you can enjoy the chaos almost as much as the order.. well we've got it made! Many of the dance choices on future class programs will be influenced by the requirements of my Unit 5 exam later this year - but this isn't a bad thing since it will introduce a lot of classic dances to newer dancers and bring back memories to older ones - talking of memories the You-Tube video below is uploaded to prove I really was at Winter School as between 2 & 3 minutes you can see me bouncing my way through 'Miss Allie Anderson' - with no real clue what I was doing - so I can relate to all our newcomers brave attempts to get through new dances more than they probably imagine. On another note I am doing my best to reinvent a 'beginner's / improver's class' - at the UKCA if we can fix on a convenient day - news will be available soon, I hope.
2 classes & 2 dances under my belt and everything is starting to feel more familiar. The snow came down as we arrived making everything look Christmassy but next morning we were trapped in the hotel - emergency sessions were organized so our classes were amalgamated -something of a mish mash but still a great experience. There is serious learning required swatting up the dances and I've just finished the afternoon sessions of walking through some of the more difficult dances on tonight's program - challenging stuff but great to dance all night at that level. On the other hand the lessons - so far - have been relatively easy. It's all together the most amazing experience. The only issue is the slow speed of the internet, I'm not sure if this will actually upload... but nothing ventured nothing gained.
Well for me anyway :-) I'm off to Scotland next week - I'm going to the RSCDS Winter School to see if I can dance. My friend (at least I think she's a friend) goes every year and talked me into joining her in the 'Very Advanced' Class "you'll be fine" she says.... we shall see - I will enjoy it I know, whether the rest of the class will enjoy me being with them is another thing. Last week's class was amazing - not for numbers - we were seriously down on previous weeks, but for the fact that so many turned out on a truly horrendous night. We had to collect my mother and so were a little later than usual but didn't worry too much because the weather was so appalling we didn't expect anyone to be there - no, we had people waiting on the doorstep and 24 eventually staggered in so we had 2 sets up at least for every dance and that nice cosy feeling you get from hearing the rain and wind (not to mention lightening) outside while we danced ourselves warm. This week I hope we don't have quite so bad a night weather wise, but just as good a night dance wise because it is my last for a couple of weeks. Maxine has kindly offered to lead the class on the 24th and on the 3rd March it will be a DIY night so we will be asking for volunteers - have a chance to dance your favourite dance.
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