December 2015 A NEWSLETTER No. 143
Picture this. A wild night in November. It’s cold, the wind is blowing and rain falls
from time to time. Inside, the lights are on, it’s warm and cheerful. This was the
40th Anniversary Ball a few weeks ago at the Riley-
The music from Luke Brady and his band was excellent, with assured first-
There were a good number of dancers from all around at Tadcaster, not just from our own Branch, and it gives credence to our claim that all sorts of people can be united by Scottish Country Dancing. Several of our dancers enthused over dancing with a young man from Russia, who I think must have travelled farthest to the dance. We also had with us as guests the current chairman, Jim Healey, and his wife Marilyn, editor of The Scottish Country Dancer, and the Chairman Elect, our very own Helen Russell.
Another highlight was the display of Malcolm’s dance “Forty and Counting”, the winner of the branch dance competition, demonstrated by Jennifer Robinson, Chris Hare, Di Edwards, Carol Hazell, Malcolm, Alasdair and Duncan Brown and Ken Wallace. The flow from one figure to the next was delightful and it wasn’t nearly as hard as it had looked on paper! The only complaint was that it was only demonstrated twice through and not four times! Many congratulations to Malcolm and to the team.
Last year’s slippery floor was not a problem this year, and just a little slip-
Now picture this. A wild night in November. It’s cold, the wind is gusting strong
and driving the rain before it. Inside, the lights are on, it’s warm and comfortable
and there’s some good stuff on the telly. It’s a bit of a walk in this inclement
weather from the car park to the hall, but nevertheless inside twenty-
But those people inside that hall had come for the same reasons as the 105-
It’s a lesson to teachers – for some people this is one of their few social activities, or what they enjoy doing most. It is really valuable to them as participants, and teachers must recognize how important it is to them. Of course teachers want to teach new dances, to ensure that the formations are danced correctly, that handing and phrasing are good. For many dancers, it is important that they’ve practised the dances on the next programme to gain enough confidence to take part in most or all of the dances. Other dancers, however, go to few if any dances, just their local class; some are less experienced; some can readily identify half a dozen dances with a particular figure (say, the tourbillon). Ideally, they will all enjoy themselves and go home happy. In the end, is this the most important thing a teacher does?
Here’s to more happy dances, wherever they may be! Enjoy your dancing!
Brings it home to you, dunnit, this 40 years on business, celebrate as we may. Makes you realise there won’t be another 40 years on for anyone my age or even a bit younger (see Joyce’s last editorial). Ten years on is a bit unlikely too. But go for it, I say, persevere, and take comfort from a list of things that might prevent just anyone from dancing:
A person from Porlock
Collapse of civilisation
Drowning in the Sound of Harris
Fractures to bones (those below the waist)
Having died (but who knows?)
Jumping absentmindedly into a recycling lorry
Knee injury (sadly, seriously true)
Laziness (not again!)
Mummy wouldn’t let me
Old age (never!!)
Porridge, too much of it
Querns (but why?)
Really, reely, very little at all
Sueno’s stone blocking the Snake Pass
The end of the world
Unexpected visits from uninterested people (and what a bind they are!)
Very big bunions (perhaps)
X number of reasons
You name it...
Zeno’s Paradox (you just can’t move)
Veronica Wallace, York
Dancing at the Day School Dance 2015 Photo: Allan Highet
BRANCH 40th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET
Dancers who present at the Tadcaster 40th Anniversary Ball have already received their copy of the commemorative booklet; current and recent members should receive theirs soon. Many thanks to Malcolm for producing such an impressive and professional booklet.
FORTY AND COUNTING
The book of dances produced by Branch members to celebrate the 40th anniversary is now on sale for £6.
BRANCH BURNS AFTERNOON DANCE, 23rd JANUARY 2016
As for the last few years, we are holding a Burns Dance followed by a Burns Supper in the Reading Rooms at Dunnington, on the afternoon of Saturday, 23rd January, beginning at 2 pm. There will be a short interval. The dance will be followed by the supper and there will be the usual Address to the Haggis; the whole afternoon should end about 5 pm. The dance, including supper, will cost £5. The programme, to recorded music, has been devised by Nigel Bell.
Y & NH BRANCH DANCE, WILLERBY, 27th FEBRUARY
Our Branch Dance on 27th February will be held in St. Luke’s Church hall in Willerby,
beginning at 7.30 p.m. As usual for an evening dance which is to recorded music,
you are asked to bring contributions to a Faith Supper, preferably on disposable
plates. The price is the usual for normal branch dances to recorded music, i.e. £4
for RSCDS members and £5 for non-
NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE, DUNNINGTON, 31ST DECEMBER
Time: 8.00 pm (31 December 2015) to midnight plus (1 January 2016).
Place: Dunnington Reading Rooms.
Catering: Faith Supper.
Admission: By ticket-
The New Year will be welcomed in our customary manner. If, weather permitting,
you wish to dance the Old Year away, ticket-
Michael & Susan East, 11 Cedar Glade, Dunnington, York, YO19 5QZ (Tel: 01904 489 799)