CURRENTLY ON SUMMER BREAK - RESTARTING 12TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Between September and June, Tuesday is the night we all get together on a regular basis at the Latin Parish Hall —the best description is a social night with dance instruction, you don’t have to dance to attend however and some people come with their partners or by themselves just to chat and enjoy the atmosphere. (Please note this is an Adult class, younger visitors are welcome but unfortunately we can’t cater for children on a regular basis)
Introduction Session 5:30 pm until 6:00 pm
If you want to try the dancing but haven’t danced before (or it was a long time ago) there is an informal ‘Class’ before the evening starts to go through the basic steps and formations. This is free of charge but it is expected that you will stay for at least part of the general social evening afterwards for which there is a charge (the dance program caters to all levels). Make sure you are wearing suitable footwear, trainers are fine to start with or any other flat flexible shoes—but make sure they will stay on your feet properly so they don’t trip you up
Since the introduction / beginners session is only for 1/2 an hour time is the enemy so try and be prompt!
General Dancing and Social Evening — 6 pm to 8 pm
The emphasis throughout is on having fun and enjoying yourself. The evening is a sociable one, there is no bar ‘service’ but you can make yourself a cup of tea or coffee free of charge and other drinks are available at very reasonable prices. There is no pressure to dance if you don’t want to or can’t for some reason, but if you do want to dance you’ll find it easy to join in, in fact almost impossible not to, and you don’t need to come equipped with a partner—although sets are made up of ‘couples’ everyone dances with everyone else in Scottish dancing — all our ‘singles’ get plenty of chances to dance.
We are trying a previous format i.e. the dance program is split into an earlier ‘easy’ section and a later ‘advanced’ section because we have so many people of mixed abilities attending the class; if people want to come and dance all night, that's brilliant, but if they don't want to attempt too much - or prefer just the more 'complex' dances they can attend for just that section of the evening. A program for the evening is displayed on this website (with links to instructions and You Tube examples if available) and on the night - with a brief description of each of the dances to allow dancers to judge if they will enjoy them or find them too challenging or not challenging enough! All dances are walked through and ‘called’ if required.
- If you are attending for the first time please note that the floor of the Latin Parish Hall is not ideal for any type of dancing, it is hard and sometimes slippery; Scottish dancers wear ‘ballet flats’ or ‘ghillies’ but trainers, pumps or similar footwear are fine or possibly better for this venue. Flip flops (thongs if you are Australian!) or footwear with heels are not suitable for Scottish Country Dancing and the Latin Parish Hall would prefer that dancers did not wear them.
- Many Scottish Dances are energetic, but if you don’t consider yourself fit don't let this stop you, there are always some slower dances on the programme too and dancing is an ideal way to get fitter, mentally and physically, however if you do have health problems please let the session leader know as some dances may not be suitable for you. Efforts are made to keep people safe but ultimately you are in charge of your own health.
- This is not Ceilidh dancing although is it related to it — once in a set you are part of a team and you may not be able to stop until the dance is ended!