How exciting that in these uncertain times, we have found a way (as many groups have) to keep in touch with our community.
The online Zoom classes happen each Thursday night at our normal start time of 7.30pm. There is a 45min lesson followed by social time. There are our favorite teachers from New York and New Jersey as well as from further afield.
At the moment our classes only cater for those who have done a little dancing. We are not quite ready for those who are new to our dancing.
However, if you are a dancer who does not wish to dance in their own space, please join us to keep in touch with news and friends.
We are planning to have a 10-15min directed social time before breaking into groups for general chatting as though it was the tea break.
Please also join us for that, you may learn something new!
Times surely are tough! But RSCDS NY Branch is tougher. In fact, we can do virtually anything! Please join us for a virtual Jeannie Carmichael non-dancing, “ball” on Saturday, October 24th at 3pm. There will be a Scottish music concert followed by a presentation of memorabilia from the life and times of Jeannie Carmichael, with time for chatting at the end!
I gave a presentation on origami that focused on the broad similarities between paper folding and Scottish dancing. In particular, I described how both are art forms with influential women who helped establish their practice in the U.S., both have written systems of notation, both have a rich history of growth, both have an enthusiastic community of participants, and both have elements of romance.
In particular, I described how I used an origami model of a rat to woo Sara on our second date.
For many years I only knew of St Andrews as the home of golf, a town of wide and beautiful beaches and stone built houses.It was where my son completed his masters. Where my mother-in-law had an apartment. Where Prince William met Kate!
It was only once I had left the country that I started to learn about the rich history of Scottish Country Dancing and the summer school held every year in St Andrews. Although I have yet to attend the summer school, I am excited to have a plan that will take me there in 2022.
I will, of course, visit all the old haunts. A long walk along the beach, home to Chariots of Fire, breakfast at one of the many wonderful clubhouses, a few balls around the trainer Balgove golf course (I can’t actually play golf that well), an ice-cream from Jannettas, a cocktail in Rusacks hotel. In addition to all these activities, I will also be able to try out the famous wooden floor in Younger Hall which used for the Summer School.
Applications for the 2020-2021 membership season are now open. Memberships expire on June 30, 2020, so now is the time to renew (or become a member for the first time!). This year, members can pay their fee via PayPal on the membership page if they prefer.
We are also now accepting donations via PayPal. Please consider making a donation to keep the Branch active and to help us return to dancing as quickly as possible once it’s safe to do so. After you click the link above (or the Donate button at the top of every page on the RSCDS New York website), you will have the chance to specify whether your donation should go to the Auslander Music Fund (used to bring musicians to play for major Branch events), the Joan Treble Scholarship Fund, or the teachers’ fees during the pandemic (we are not charging for virtual classes, so we currently have no income except donations). If you do not specify where the donation should go, it will go toward general operating funds.
Visit the BBC Radio Scotland website to hear interviews with some of our members and their favorite tunes (segment starts at 1:25)! Interviewees include former presidents Tom Marshall and Ellen Sears, teachers Xiaowen Yu and Deborah Leary, and dancers Mary Gray and Emily Russell.