The St Andrew Society has many individuals to thank for it's continuing success but perhaps none more than the modest lady who's birthday is was last Tuesday - and not a word would she have said about it. Newer members are naturally unaware that Alison, who still supports us virtually every week but now only occasionally ventures on the dance floor is a past Society Chairman who kept faith with it's possibilities despite membership falling away and Paphos changing around her. She was the main teacher of the class for 17 years of both success and struggle with standards high enough at one time to consider competitions and an established demonstration team!
I am personally very grateful for her continuing support, my style of teaching is very different but it's always reassuring to know that Alison is there in the background with her years of experience available if ever we need it. I hope the fun and enthusiasm of the class this week with it's great atmosphere and amazing achievements (3 sets dancing Culla Bay - 50% of the dancers never having danced it before - wow! not to mention 'Swiss Lassie') shows it was all worth it.
The second class of the season is now under our belts and we are already welcoming people back who have been away for the summer. We are also delighted to welcome a lovely new member of the Society, in fact she is doubly welcome as she is already a very competent dancer. Despite several sidelining injuries and the inevitable need for exchanging news we managed 3 sets up for several dances. We still have to optimise the arrangement of sets but it's now proved that the venue can accommodate 3 fairly easily - and over the last season 3 sets up was usually the maximum we had on the floor at one time, so for me that was the main criteria for the venue after achieving a safe floor to dance on.
We had announcement of our October event, an Edinburgh Tattoo video night at the UKCA on Saturday 28th October as well as a reminder for the Charity Coffee Morning at the Royal Artemis Hospital on Saturday 30th September (not a Society event as such but being organised by our brilliant Social Sec and worthy of support) and of course our signature event of the St Andrew's Ball at the Kamares Club in November. Details as they 'come in ' will always be found on the 'Future Events' page - link at the top of the page. Don't forget you can also look back at our past events too.
So the first class is over and although we only had 18 people attending it was enough for 2 sets to try out and approve our brand new venue. This was our first experience of being able to dance in a nice cool room at this time of year. The very humid evenings we are having at the moment would have made it very uncomfortable without air-conditioning. The sound system was excellent and there were no slippery moments even though we danced Mairi's Wedding, and Postie's Jig with plenty of gusto, I can now breath again! Here are a few pictures to show how much we enjoyed ourselves. Hopefully those of you aren't back with us yet will join us soon we are all looking forward to seeing you.
I've just been checking through the 'Tuesday Box' to make sure that everything is still in there and hasn't disappeared after being washed or checked. The laptop has been charging and I've gone through all the music needed for Tuesday. The notice boards are being made up, membership form details changed to reflect the change of dance class location, cribs sorted, attendance register, disclaimer forms and membership badges located (well you never know) and shoes aired. Roll on the day - see you all then I hope, or if you aren't back on the island for a few weeks, hopefully I'll see you once you'r back.
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.
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