This is the night of the final Ball at Blair Atholl Castle. Pete and I have just finished a 'walk through' of the lesser known dances and are looking forward to a special festive meal before the ball. We've had a fabulous time attending the RSCDS Winter School based in the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry (Scotland). It is the second time I have been to the 'School' but although I try to describe it, the warmth, atmosphere, excitement, sheer joy that you can feel doing this type of thing is impossible to really understand until you've experienced it. Not everyone here is a brilliant dancer, not everyone is even a competent dancer, everyone is an enthusiastic dancer however; the classes are taken seriously, the teachers are amazing and the musicians even more so but it's as much about fun as footwork and formations. The hotel is amazing, there is a great spa - free to guests and it's great resting weary limbs in the steam room or jacuzzi - superb food, lovely staff and that special highland flavour of log fires and leather sofa's. The evening dances - again it is difficult to describe the feeling of being one of 100 + on the floor, all flying to the music - we've done brand new dances and very old dances, very easy dances and slightly tricky dances, even several 'round the room' dances which were amazing with so many people. Above the ankles we wish we could do it all over again right now, below the ankles we're glad there's about 6 months before there's even a remote chance of doing it all again!
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.