RSCDS Glasgow Branch is involved with activities to encourage children and young adults to enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. Branch members are happy to provide advice and help. Some of these activites are described below.
Bearsden Primary Schools Scottish Country Dance Festival
The fourth Bearsden Festival was held on 6th October 2017 with around 400 children from Bearsden and Milngavie from Primary Schools, dancing the day away. The event was officially opened byby Education Committee Convenor Mohrag Fischer, who, in addition to congratulating the children on a resplendent turnout and commenting on the exciting atmosphere, related that her 80 year old Aunt in Jamaica was still teaching Scottish Country Dancing.
This is community event is initiated by New Kilpatrick Parish Church and organised by Walter Proven and members of the independent NK SCD Club. The Festival receives financial support from the Glasgow Branch.
The event was the culmination of weeks of training within the schools by Walter and other members of his team. Most of the children learning completely from scratch the social skills of Scottish Country Dancing. It was wonderful to see so many happy faces on the day as the youngsters enjoyed taking part in the event!! The children bounced out of the hall at the end of the day with the music still ringing in their ears.
See photos below.....
Glasgow Primary Schools 'Day of Dance'
The Primary Schools 'Day of Dance' is a one day event for Scottish Country Dancing held each year in mid-March. This is organised jointly by staff from the Glasgow Education PE Department together with a team from RSCDS Glasgow Branch.
Some Primary schools in Glasgow have a Scottish Country Dancing activity as part of the Expressive Arts curriculum. This Day of Dance gives the children an opportunity to display their skills. Schools which decide to take part are given a resource pack which includes a DVD of the dances see video on our Facebook page. The children usually learn about 6 dances. RSCDS teachers may be able to visit and help teachers with the dances, if requested. There are a number of ways schools may take part in this event – please get in touch if you are interested.
On Wednesday 22th March 2017 the Bellahouston Sports Hall was once again filled with almost 500 excited youngsters from over 20 Glasgow Primary Schools. There was a buzz of energy and enthusiasm for the dancing, especially the Flying Scotsman Jig and the Dashing White Sergeant. We had Walter Provan as our experienced MC and excellent music from John Carmichael and his band.
Thank you to all Branch members and Glasgow Education staff who helped make this event happen – for the 12th time!
Let’s hope that amongst these children are some of our future dancers.
See below for some photos .....
Glasgow Music Festival is now in its 105th year and aims to provide 'a platform for performance'. It enables teams from schools and youth groups from in and around Glasgow to compete and receive adjudication on their Scottish Country Dancing performances.. (www.glasgowmusicfestival.org).
The Scottish Country Dancing events are presented in association with the Glasgow Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. This year the adjudicator, Allana Creighton, and audience experienced some excellent performances most notably from St Leonard’s Primary School and from
Alba SCD. St Helen’s Primary and Pollokshields Primary also performed well. Some of the young dancers could outperform most of us in Glasgow Branch! It was encouraging to see dancers with a wide range of experience performing and I hope that the children who have just started to dance have been inspired to continue. The Marion B. Hamilton Certificate was awarded to St Leonard’s
The dances performed by school groups were aligned with these for the Glasgow Primary Schools Festival in a bid encourage participation in both festivals. However schools still seem to be choosing to participate in one festival or the other.
Many thanks to Allana for adjudicating, Màrtainn Skene on accordion for providing some great music, Maureen Daniel, scribe, and all the stewards for their work which resulted in an enjoyable day for everyone involved
Each year a new syllabus is published - highlighting the options for the year. Do get in touch if you are interested.
Resources for teachers
The RSCDS HQ has a complete pack of Jigs and Reels as a CPD resource for teachers, with DVD, available for sale,
see www.rscds.org/article/jigs-reels An example dance on Facebook is available to view, click here.
The ALBA Scottish Country Dancers - an independent Linked group - run a Kids class for 3 and 1/2 to 12 year olds -
see their website www.alba-scd.co.uk/whatis/kids/