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RSCDS-BHS Border Branch Day School – 14th March 2020

It is with great regret that the BHS Border Branch considers it prudent to cancel the Dancers and Musicians Day School on Saturday 14th March.

Having considered the number of elderly folk involved, the close proximity and handing involved in Scottish Dancing, together with the enclosed indoor environment for a prolonged period, and the communal drinking and eating, we feel the appropriate action is to cancel the event.

A great deal of effort has been committed to the planning of this event, not only by the Branch Committee, but by the teachers working on their lessons, travel plans, and accommodation. However, we are generally agreed that it is not a critical event that justifies our participants and teachers travelling perhaps in confined trains and aircraft where the risk of infection might be high.

In due course our treasurer will assess the financial impact and the means by which we can refund the fees or cancel the un-cashed cheques.

My sincere apologies for the action we feel it has been necessary to take to safeguard your health and wellbeing, and look forward to better times ahead when we can again dance freely together

Very Best Wishes on behalf of the Branch Committee

     Gordon Anderson
          RSCDS-BHS Branch Chairman

Dancers’ and Musicians’ Day School and Evening Dance

Calthorpe Park School, Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hampshire  GU51 5JA

Saturday 14th March 2020

Day School  10:30am – 5:30pm 
Evening Dance  6:30pm – 10pm 

Dance TeachersRachel Shankland (Edinburgh)
  Jenny Kendrick (London), John Fletcher (BHS Border Branch)
Musicians for dance classesKen Martlew (Hemel Hempstead)
  Barbara Manning (London)
Musicians’ TeacherLuke Brady

Full details are included in the application forms.

Please fill in and return one of the application forms below with fee to attend

Application form for Dancers: PDF, Word

Application form for Musicians: PDF, Word

For the Evening Dance please use the Day School Dancers Application form.

Flyers: Day School for Dancers & Musicians and Dance after the Day School

Evening Dance programme cribs and videos and MiniCrib (Word)

Google map: Calthorpe Park School, Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hampshire  GU51 5JA

Enquiries for dancers: Catherine Smith, 0‌1‌483 502422.

Enquiries for musicians: Chris Brown, 0‌1‌252 674708.

Beginners’ session with John

There will be an afternoon class for beginners from 2.00pm-4.00pm with John Fletcher. This class is for people who are new to dancing or have been dancing for less than a year. Attention will be given to steps, timing, and basic formations. It is followed by cake and refreshments.

Please apply using the Application form for dancers.

Beginners are welcome to the Evening Dance but it is not suitable for absolute novices, Please see Day School Dance Programme which has the dances not suitable for a beginner marked with a "*".

Dancers’ Day School

Dancers should have a reasonable knowledge of most steps and formations and be able to follow instructions with confidence.

There is a General class in the morning from 11.00am–1.00pm with Rachel and Ken.

There are separate classes in the afternoon from 2.00pm–4.00pm; an Advanced class with Rachel and Ken, and an Improvers class with Jenny and Barbara. On the advice of the teacher, dancers may be allocated to the most appropriate class, please see the application form for a guideline.

The day school is followed by Tea and home-made cakes from 4.00pm–6.00pm. Day school or Evening Dance attendees may also take one of two free classes during this time from 4:30pm–5:45pm:
Putting on a Demonstration for advanced dancers, numbers will be limited.
Practice for the Evening Dance this is open to all.

Morning enrolment and coffee 10.30am-11.00am. Bring a packed lunch if attending all day - tea and coffee will be provided, or there are local pubs. It would be appreciated if you could bring your own cup or bottle for water. The classes include a squash break.

Musicians’ Day School

The musician’ day school is suitable for musicians aged 14 and over with a minimum of Grade 4. There is a morning session from 10.30am-1.00pm and an afternoon session from 2.00pm-4.30pm, half-day is morning only.

It is hoped that the musicians will stay to join Luke Brady in playing for the evening dance. Music will be provided for preparation in advance by email, or by hard copy for an additional fee.

Tea and home-made cakes 4.30pm-6.00pm.

Morning enrolment and coffee 10.00am-10.30am. Bring a packed lunch if attending all day - tea and coffee will be provided, or there are local pubs. It would be appreciated if you could bring your own cup or bottle for water.

Evening Dance

The Day School will be followed by an evening dance 6.30pm-10.00pm with Luke Brady and the Day School Musicians. Non-Day School attendees are welcome to join the dance (all dances will be walked once). There will be light refreshments at the interval.

Please apply in advance using the Dancers ’ Day School Application form above.

Cribs with diagrams and videos from SCDDB at RSCDS BHS 2020-03-14 Day School Dance

Luke Brady

Luke Brady

Luke Brady has been playing Scottish Music since the age of 6. Nowadays, Luke leads a Scottish Dance Band under his name which has played worldwide. They have produced a successful series of albums of Scottish Dance Music with more planned for the future.

As a solo artist, Luke has specialised in providing music for dance. In addition to playing for Scottish Dance Classes for over a decade, he spent seven years as musician for the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. He recently accepted a position as an associate pianist for the Royal Ballet School.

Luke has enjoyed running music courses in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia and is very much looking forward to working with the musicians this weekend.

Rachel Shankland

Rachel Shankland

Rachel started Scottish Country dancing at the age of 5 in Dumfries, Scotland. Since then she has danced with various groups in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dumfries. A teacher by trade, Rachel teaches the Advanced class for Edinburgh RSCDS. She has also taught at several Day Schools throughout the UK and Europe as well as at Summer School in St Andrews where she also volunteered as Depute Director for two years. She also dances with and teaches East Scotland and Edinburgh Scottish Dancers for Newcastle Festival.

Rachel looks forward to teaching the BHS branch and meeting lots of new faces.

Ken Martlew

Ken Martlew

Ken Martlew has been a semi-professional musician most of his life, mainly with church music and conducting choral societies. He read music at Oxford University for a year before switching to medicine. While a medical student he gained his (ARCO) diploma on the organ, conducted numerous choirs, and composed an opera which was successfully performed at the college.

Around 1980 he discovered Scottish Country Dancing, and became a keen dancer, gaining his RSCDS Teacher’s Certificate in 1993. He then started playing the piano for Scottish Country Dancing, giving up regular church and choral music commitments to concentrate on it. In 2002 he retired from his medical work as a GP in order to give more time to SCD.

Since 1994 Ken has been a frequent pianist at St. Andrews Summer School. He was Branch Pianist at Cambridge for 8 years, moving on to the Berks./Hants./Surrey Borders Branch, and he played for the London Advanced /Technique class for 15 years. He has taught or played for countless SCD events in the UK and in some 14 other countries. He has run SCD Music Workshops in Germany, France and Holland, danced with the London demonstration team, and tutored a successful RSCDS Teachers Certificate course.

Ken regularly teams up with Barbara Manning (or other violinists), to form a duo. The combination is versatile, as he can teach classes in the day accompanied by Barbara, and play as a duo for the evening Dances.

Barbara Manning

Barbara Manning

After many years as a keen Scottish country and highland dancer, Barbara Manning put her classical music training to band use over 35 years ago when she was recruited as fiddler with McBains Band by Bill Farr. She now plays mainly in a duo with Ken Martlew and with the Silver Cross Band, and has accompanied dancing in many parts of the UK and Europe,the USA, Ukraine and Russia, besides visiting Summer School both as a dancer and as class pianist. She has played for numerous day schools and featured on recordings, Radio Scotland's 'Take the Floor' and the Earls Court Radio Show, besides playing on stage at the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet School's annual performance.

John Fletcher

John Fletcher

After watching my sisters dance as a teenager and then much later in the mid-1980s seeing our daughters also enjoying it so much at the St. John’s Children’s Class, my wife and I decided to try it for ourselves. We experienced our first Summer School in 1988 – we learnt such a lot and discovered a vibrant after-hours social scene!

I have been very lucky to be surrounded by some great teachers in my local area from whom I have learnt a great deal – differing techniques and teaching styles plus the all-important sense of fun.

I gained my teaching certificate in 2013 and I am now the permanent teacher for the Purley Scottish Dancing Club who meet in Beenham. I also teach at my own club (St. John’s SCDC) on a rotational basis as well as guest teaching at various local clubs.

I really enjoy passing on my knowledge to newer dancers.

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