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See also the South-East Schools Calendar 2017-18.


Scottish Country Dancing for Children

Children's Classes

Fun for boys and girls on Saturday mornings, see Notice. St John’s Children’s and Young Dancers’ Scottish Country Dancing Class is run by St John’s Scottish Country Dancing Club. Run by a certified teacher, contact Deborah Draffin on 01344 776 831.

Held at 9.30am - 11.30am on Saturdays during term time at
Crowthorne Parish Hall, 50 Heath Hill Road South, Crowthorne, Berkshire  RG45 7BN


Beginner’s Class

See Starting Scottish Country Dancing.

We don’t have a class for beginners currently. People new to Scottish country dancing are encouraged to come along early at 7.30pm to the General Class (see below), where they will be shown the basic steps and formations before being integrated into the main class. Please contact Mervyn Short, 01903 782413 beforehand. Any of the many clubs in the area are also pleased to offer instruction most times but please contact them a few days in advance.


WEDNESDAY CLASS

Held at 8.00pm-10.00pm on Wednesdays at
St Mary’s Church Hall, Park Road, Camberley  GU15 2SR

This is a general class, it caters for all abilities from intermediate level and follows the RSCDS criteria.

The class starts with a warm up followed by step and formation practise and dances to illustrate points of technique. After a tea break there is less emphasis on technique and typically dances from forthcoming dances are taught finishing with an old favourite and a cool down. This is a friendly class and newcomers are always made very welcome.

RSCDS members £3.00, non-members £4.00

Teacher/Contact: Mervyn Short, 01903 782413.

Autumn term is on Wednesdays from 5th September to 12th December. 12th December is a party night.

After Christmas classes are on the Wednesdays from 9th January until 13th May. There is a break for Easter on the 24th April . May 22nd is the AGM and End of Season Dance

Summer Social Dancing

Summer Social dancing in 2018 is every Wednesday from 6th June to 22nd August and is £2.50 for RSCDS members and £3.50 for non-members.


MONDAY CLASS

Held at 8.15pm approximately every two weeks at
St Sebastian’s Memorial Hall, Honey Hill, Nile Mile Ride, Wokingham  RG40 3BA
excluding the first Monday of each month

These are topic led classes, not for beginners. Great teachers to help get rid of any bad habits and dance with style. The topics give teachers and you the chance to explore dancing and dances from different viewpoints.

Most classes have live music by Judith Muir.

The classes start promptly at 8.15pm and finish at 10.15pm.

RSCDS members £4.00, non-members £5.00

Contact: Alex Duncan, 01932 241615.

2018
Sept 10th Book 52 Dances 
Sep 24th Book 52 Dances 
Oct 8thTidying up the feet
Oct 22ndDo I really know this formation? A reminder of basic formations.
Oct 29thGreat dance devisers. An evening of dances by Drewry & Goldring
Nov 12thThe importance of good covering & phrasing.
Nov 26thAm I a Good Partner?
Dec 10thWhat makes a good dance? Dances from around the world
2019
Jan 21stI’ve forgotten that formation! Looking at less well-known formations.
Jan 28thWhen did you last do this dance? Focussing on dances that used to be popular but are rarely seen on programmes nowadays.
Feb 11thIt’s time to tidy-up those feet again.
Feb 25thAnother look at covering & phrasing
Mar 11thOther aspects that make dancing more enjoyable. An evening focussing on eyes, hands and sociability.
Mar 25thMore less well-known formations
Apr 8thSorting out the feet. A look at transitions between steps
Apr 15thGreat dance devisers. An evening of dances by Dix & Haynes

Courses and Awards

Most classes run by the Branch do not lead to any award, they are simply so people can try to improve their dancing style.

The RSCDS run a programme of examinations and tests. These include Medal Tests for young dancers, Dancing Achievement Awards (DAA) for adults, and Teacher Certificates. Please see Courses. If you are interested in any of these please tell our Branch Secretary so we know when there is some demand.

The RSCDS runs Summer and Winter Schools, see Event Information, which are well worth going to. It is possible to book for a Dancing Achievent Award test at these. Note that different grades are done in different weeks.