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.
Glasgow Music Festival
Glasgow Music Festival aims to provide 'a platform for performance' by enabling teams from schools and adult groups from in and around Glasgow to compete and receive adjudication on their Scottish Country Dancing performances, This is an annual event.
Any school or dance group or even a group of friends who would like to enter, at any level, (either at a competitive or NON -competitive level) then please contact 0141 638 0571 or www.glasgowmusicfestival.org for further details or an Entry Form.
Closing Date for Entry Forms will be November 2020 for March 2021.
Report for: Glasgow Music Festival 2020 which was the last Glasgow Branch dance event before the coronavirus shutdown.
The Festival, now in its 108th year, was held in Renfield Church Centre in Bath Street Glasgow. There was “fun, fitness and friendship” in abundance throughout the day with children`s teams supporting each other, by lending a dancer to another team, where parents had withdrawn a dancer at short notice, due to the current crisis.
The lively atmosphere in the morning started well with young dancers from Pollokshields Primary School showing their new skills, followed by Competitive teams from Alba Scottish Dance Group and St Andrew`s Primary from Falkirk . Dancing “The Brudenell Jig”, St Andrew`s Primary were awarded the Marion B Hamilton Certificate with a superb mark of 90.
The next Class for pupils aged 12 and under, displayed a high level of skill and concentration, with teams from Comely Park Primary, St. Ninian`s Primary, Drymen Primary, Alba Dancers and Dalriada Dancers all competing well.
The morning finished with a very competent display from Alba Dancers, aged 15 and under, of The White Cockade.
The afternoon had displays from adult dancers who performed with great enthusiasm, skill and high levels of fitness!! Glasgow Dancers and New Scotland (Edinburgh) recorded very high scores as they performed in the Ladies, then Mixed, then Open Classes. The highlights being “Delvine Side” by New Scotland and “The Tey Medley” by Glasgow Dancers. The final scores were only separated by 1 point, with the RSCDS Quaich being awarded to Glasgow Dancers.
Friendly and constructive feedback was given to all participants through out the day by the adjudicator Jimmie Hill. All the dancers appreciated the fine tunes and commitment from the accordionist Martainn Skene. Maureen Daniels worked tirelessly to scribe the Adjudicators remarks.
The event was brought to an end with an impromptu dance of “Mhari`s Wedding” with all teams dancing together. It was a splendid way to end a very busy but enjoyable day. (Thanks to New Scotland for this suggestion which we aim to incorporate next year!)
My thanks go to all teachers, pupils, adjudicator, scribe , musician , GMF Committee and of course the wonderful volunteers from Glasgow Branch who acted as Stewards and supported my first time as Dance Administrator. (Report by Susan Ewington)
For some photos see News story.
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,
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 March.
This is organised jointly by staff from the Glasgow Education PE Department together with a team from RSCDS Glasgow Branch. Unfortunately the event in March 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus. An outline of the 2019 event is given for interest.
Background 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 13th March 2019 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. What a super day to watch the children from the various schools.
Thank you to all Branch members and Glasgow Education staff who helped make this event happen.
Let’s hope that amongst these children are some of our future dancers.
Bearsden & Milngavie Primary Schools Festival
The Bearsden & Milngavie Festival held on 4th October 2019 reached its sixth birthday with around 400 children from Bearsden and Milngavie Primary Schools, dancing the day away. After the opening ceremony on Friday morning, involving Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the council, local piper Iain Smith led representatives from each school into the hall, displaying their school banner. John Carmichael and the band then struck up to the beat of Jigs and Reels resonating around the hall accompanying a programme of communal dances such as the Virginia Reel, Dashing White Sergeant, Flying Scotsman etc. and with each school giving a performance of two specialist dances.
This 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 RSCDS Glasgow Branch, with the current Chairman mentioning how keen we are on encouraging young dancers and this type of event epitomises their efforts.
The event was the culmination of weeks of training within the schools by Walter and other members of his team, who visit all schools. 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.
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/ www.alba-scd.co.uk/whatis/kids/