This morning we went to the UKCA Computer & Camera Group meeting as usual. Because many of the members are away on a Camera Club trip to Poland there was no real plan for the subject of the meeting and I ended up giving an impromptu lecture on building a website like this one - a sneaky way of getting a new audience for our site perhaps! Dancing-wise, last night was another great night with another surprisingly large turn out for this time of the year. Last year, at this time, we had 18 dancers - last night we hosted 25. Amazing. Well done everyone
Last Tuesday night already seems such a long time ago. The numbers attending continue to amaze me although sadly we are now saying goodbye to many of our 'Swallows' who are heading home to the UK and inevitably numbers will drop. Never mind- this time last year we had 19 dancers at class - this year 24, not an amazing difference until I realized that 8 of our regulars are currently on holiday or, unfortunately convalescing, but will be back with us soon to swell the ranks and we even have promising newcomers joining in at this late stage. I am getting very excited about the June Jamboree... although many people will be away it will still be a wonderful night. I am starting to put the program together and working on the music - it's going to be hard work - the first time for anything always is, but after all the great events this year so far this is going to be the best.. I feel it in my bones. :-)
Last night was the 'Barn Dance' organized by Irene with the (to me at least) highly embarrassing but very gratifying intention of raising funds to cover some of my ongoing training expenses. As usual I was a nervous wreck until the moment it started - going through dances and music over and again, 'till 3 O-clock the night before (which of course doesn't really do any good at all because at that time of the morning my brain cells are completely dead!) and panicking about the daftest things. In the end there was very little that people didn't seem to enjoy. Irene as usual showed her unerring instinct for a great venue. The staff were lovely, food excellent, the wine served with the BBQ surprising good and people actually got up and danced, laughed and had fun. Irene's brilliant house guests were pressed into service - and were superb - it is impossible to say thank-you in a way that really conveys my appreciation of all the effort time and money involved - from restringing my guitar & doing a brilliant 15 minutes sing-song to the donation of raffle prizes and selling of tickets. One thing I can do of course, is keep going and pass - be assured that is my intention!
I have just checked my 'class diary', this time last year we had 16 dancers at class - this year we had exactly double the number, amazing. I hope everyone enjoyed the night. For the first time this year I missed most of the evening because I'd been asked to do some pictures for the Flower Festival at Ayia Kyriaki (well worth a look if you've got time). Thank you to all the 'volunteers' who led the dances on the program and Peter, who as usual sorted out the music and technical side of things - I've been told it got a bit chaotic at times but everyone had smiles on their faces when I arrived and I even had the chance to dance myself for a change so I'm sure it was a good night. It is a sad result of summer getting closer that many people are heading for home and we had to say goodbye to a few more regular dancers last week - the good thing is that they will all be back and in the meantime having fewer sets actually makes it easier to teach, always a silver lining!
I know I'm not the only one to feel this way - where on earth does the time go? It is a week since I last updated this bloggy thing (where did the name blog come from anyway?) and it feels like only a couple of days ago. Last week's dance class saw a farewell to our chairman for the Summer as he heads like a swallow in reverse to the colder climes of Orkney; we are now in the flux time when we start getting visitors swelling our ranks but lose some of our regulars as they host or holiday themselves. It was a slightly difficult class last week because the speakers in the hall were faulty, luckily we had our little back up speaker and using my loudest voice we managed but I was a tad hoarse by the end of it so I hope everything is fixed for our DIY night next week. I kept on forgetting to ask for volunteers to lead this weeks dances but as usual people have come up trumps and it's going to be a really good programme. I know I'll still want to teach a dance or two though so I couldn't resist allocating myself the last couple of dances - by then I know I'll be back
Christ is Risen... Christos Anésti
It truly feels like Easter, after a wet and miserable day yesterday. Today's glorious clear weather is inspiring - church was packed for the early service and the music, hymns and even the sermon amazing. We made sure all the cats were in last night as the crackers went off, thankfully and miraculously, with no obvious casualties, the candles have been lit and our village is now in party mode. Most years we join them and sit out in the square watching the dancing and children's games and chuckle at the excitement as the bingo reaches it's climax - we are lucky to live in a village that still gathers to celebrate in a traditional manner and to be able to join in with the dancing that circles round the square as the dusk falls and suffer with everyone as Kostagis's dad gets drunk and takes over the microphone to sing with his elderly friends! It is definitely fitting to be thinking about dancing. I have been working on posters and tickets for two new events - the first one a Barn Dance that is being kindly organized for me to help cover some of the costs involved in getting my qualifications, the other is the June Jamboree we are holding at the Elea
Yet again time seems to have distorted - Friday night's 20th birthday party seems so vivid, as if it was just hours ago and yet P & I have filmed a concert (which was excellent), attended Palm Sunday service, visited friends and been on two walks since. The Birthday party was very much an experiment as far as venue and format went but it certainly seemed a resounding success - there are pictures elsewhere on the site to prove it. The dancing was fantastic, everyone had big grins on their faces and there was laughter throughout the night, I was amazed that we actually got 3 sets on the floor even after the break for the birthday cake but it was an extra special night for two more reasons - first because having Harry, Bridgette & Alison together to cut the cake and then to hear a little bit about the start of the society from Harry was great and second because when we finally sang Auld Lang Syne everyone continued to enjoy a great impromptu sing-a-long as we removed all the decorations together - we all left on a high that had nothing to do with the drink and was totally appropriate for a very special evening!
It should have rained, instead I am having to water the garden already - since I use water I have been collecting in large olive barrels over the winter, I have to use a watering can but it's good exercise. The freesia are almost over but the fabulous Renuncula's are still abundant. I picked a deep purple tulip and Aqualegia, aka Granny's Bonnet's or Columbine, are already flouncing their blooms in the breeze, it makes up for the rather gloomy weather and chilly breeze. While I was watering I was considering dance programmes - this week's Tuesday session was so good that I'm not going to change a thing for next week, but I am now on the quest for the perfect programme for tomorrow, I'm glad that by now I've had a few chances to see what works but it's still a challenge especially if people will be having a drink first!
I felt ill all yesterday but the dance class invariably makes me feel better. Short of breaking a leg I wouldn't miss dancing even if I wasn't obliged to be there, and since a good portion of the class appeared to be suffering one way or another too they obviously feel the same way. In a way it was lucky that not many turned up for the beginners bit though because I was really too tired for doing step practice, plus the LPH music system had been changed and it took Pete 1/2 hour to find the button to make the new one work (it had been switched off and taped over... duuh?) I thought I was going to have to shout all night because the little emergency speaker I bring works for the music but not the mic.
Irene made an announcement about Friday night's party, there had been a 'sub-committee' visit to 5th floor earlier on to discuss putting up decorations etc on Friday morning, and things are looking good, but hearing her description of my 'Fabulous dance programme' makes it seem much more finalized than it really is - and it can only be fabulous as long as everyone joins in, and the music works, and the mic works and the tables aren't in the way and everybody remembers to bring their shoes and the decorating doesn't take too long and stays up - am I a worrier or what ! :-)
Learn with laughter
Fresh back from the Friday beginners class in Tsada Youth Hall, there were 6 'students' this week. I was really tired because we hosted a dinner party last night and it was 1:30 in the morning before we finished, then we were out all morning so I didn't have much time to prepare however rather to my surprise it was another really good class, in fact we laughed so much that Pete coined the phrase "learn with laughter". Because half the class were absolute beginners I based the class around leading down & up, casting, crossing, turning & hands across, all simple stuff and mainly using the travelling steps but we managed 3 dances (Bruntsfield Links, The Royal Deeside Railway and then The Wind on Loch Fyne ). It'll probably be two weeks before the next class because of the 'Birthday Party' and then Easter and it was quite gratifying to see how disappointed everyone was.
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