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.
It's happened again, a nice long blether & then it disappears but I can only blame myself this time because I updated with nothing there ! Hey ho. A very busy week working non-stop to finish my Unit 4 submission before the deadline - got there in the end, I just hope it's enough to allow me to do Unit 5 in the summer because I'm all booked in and ready to go. It was a great Tuesday class last week lets hope it's as good this week, can't wait.
For some reason my last 'Blether' disappeared .... is that normal, yes probably! No time to write another at the moment so apologies for that .... I have 3 days to get my exam work done & book for Summer School no time for blethering! See you on Sunday or Tuesday I hope
I usually update this site immediately and I apologize that it is so belated but this has been a very busy week. On Friday a small group of Society dancers gave a brief demo at G&T's restaurant in Kallepia; Saturday morning saw us hard at work at the Elea decorating, then Saturday night we all congregated in our best cocktail frocks with Scottish Bits (aka our Guys looking very fetching in their kilts) to celebrate Burns' Night in style..... and it was fantastic! Enormous hard work had gone into sourcing all the guests' gifts (sponsored by Blevins Franks), the printing, music, raffle and general organization - not to mention wonderful food but above all that the speakers and singers of the evening; Ken, Alison, Doug, Keith, Pat, Annelise, David, Don & Stuart - all orchestrated by Keith - were outstanding and it was the best Burns ever - see the pictures HERE
At the moment we are having our locks changed - no, we are not one of the poor people who've been robbed recently, nor are we unlucky enough to have locked ourselves out - we finally decided that having one door that we could only lock from the inside and another that only locked from the outside was becoming a tad inconvenient now we were having to bring all the stuff we take dancing back in the rain! The promise of better weather this week was a little premature - yet again it was a wet, windy wild night but a really good turn out made it a super nights dancing with very little chilliness once we got going - everyone was shedding layers of clothing and getting warm for the first time that day. Well done to everyone for grasping the new dance so well and so quickly - its a great one to have on the repertoire. I am currently investigating alternate venues for the beginners class: Criteria ... not as cold or difficult to reach as Tsada, decent parking, on a bus route, heating or cooling available, an area of decent flooring for dancing and very cheap or free! - seemingly impossible but hopefully I will have news about that soon. Finally we have also had news from the producer of the STV New Year's show who we sent the 'NYE greetings' clip to- it appears that it was used! Anyway I will attach it to a link on the 'Events' page so everyone can see it if they wish. I hope to see you all soon.
Last week was the first class of 2015 - and the first time we really needed the heaters in the hall. It was a seriously cold and stormy night so well done to all the folk who dragged themselves out to dance instead of drowsing in front of a struggling gas heater like more sensible people. It was a good night's dancing with the lower numbers making it easier to teach and the cool temperature giving a good incentive to dance! This week the weather is supposed to be much better and from now on we will get our 'swallows' gradually returning to us, we are also full steam ahead to the Society Burns Night Celebration - to held again at the beautiful Elea Golf Resort Club House, the first of many great events planned for this Anniversary Year. Happy New Year to all of us and lets enjoy dancing into 2015.
At this time of year updating websites becomes a late night activity... after the family has gone to bed, after the cooking, eating and drinking thereof, it is difficult to find the energy to blog! However it is now or never for the last blether of the year! We had a super Christmas party/ceilidh - see the Quiz answers and pictures HERE we missed a lot of friends but hope to see them all next year. There has been a few inquiries from new comers who intend to start with us in January ... of course it is always more daunting to do it than say it, so we will hope rather than expect to see them but you never know! This year we have yet again increased our number of dancers so we are definitely on an upward trend. Burn's Night is coming soon but in the meantime all the best for a wonderful Hogmanay and a great start to 2015
When life is really busy the last thing you want is for the 'blether' you've just typed to disappear ... but the last one seems to have done a runner and now I'm starting again. Never mind. We've had a couple of weeks of excellent dancing the 'Advanced' Class went really well and the Tuesday class was so enthusiastic they didn't want to stop - we now have just one more 'class' before the end of 2014.. one of the most active and fun years for the Society so far (in my experience at least) and next year is looking better yet The Christmas Ceilidh will be a really great night to finish a great year, and then we start again on January 6th 2015.
I am looking forward to a bit of a break but I know that I'll be raring to go when it's time to return. In the meantime I hope to see you next week - with a bit of tinsel and a €5 prezzie all ready for a fun night. Happy Christmas.
Another amazingly mild evening and a lovely temperature for dancing, cool but not completely freezing for those sitting out. Finally the floor is returning to a reasonable non-slip surface (with no-one having any idea why it turned into an ice rink for several weeks) and we had a great night with a smaller group allowing us to start grappling again with the intricacies of 'The Guests' as well as having another remarkably good attempt at the wonderful 6 couple square set dance, Iona Cross. In between these brain benders we enjoyed many less frantic dances with unabated enthusiasm - it was a super atmosphere. Of course we missed quite a few friends and yet again we were saying goodbye to more as they head for Christmas elsewhere but we know they'll be back and we look forward to a great Christmas Ceilidh in a couple of weeks time
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