RSCDS OTTAWA BRANCH AWARD 2019/2020 DANCING YEAR
Excerpts from the commendation
Brian Mackintosh, Scottish by birth? No! He was born in Oxford, England. Then his father, bearing that strong Scottish name was born in Scotland. No! He was born in Southern Rhodesia. Thankfully Brian’s Scottish heritage comes from his grandfather and his mother, Jessie Davidson, who was born in Rothes, Scotland.
The 1970’s saw Brian moving into SCD teacher training and he was fortunate to study under Margaret Macwaters. In 1973 he obtained his Teacher Certificate and began with a beginner class at Gloucester High School in the east end of the city.
Brian has continued to be involved in demonstration and entertainment dancing for events such as Canada Day up to the present day.
Brian’s teaching career to date has included all levels of dance. At one time he taught a Social Programme class which featured dances for up-coming socials.
Sometime in the 1980’s Brian became involved in providing recorded music for classes. The variety and selection of available SCD music was limited and commercially produced tapes had 6 to 10 tracks per side, with Branch favourites often not available. The length of time it took to find or change to specific tracks made tapes unsuitable for a teaching class. Brian, Eric Clyde and Phil Campbell undertook a lengthy project that facilitated the transition from LP records to sets of Master cassette tapes.
At some time in the 1990’s, Brian’s interest in and vast knowledge of SCD music led to him taking charge of setting up and running the sound system for monthly Social dances. He selected most of the music which often included all-time favourites, if not already selected by the teacher who had devised the programme
Brian continues to be an active, dedicated member of RSCDS Ottawa. The Branch is richer for his love of SCD and music. His long-time service and commitment to the Branch, has been taken to HQ Scotland and recognized with the Branch Award for the 2019/2020 dancing year.
Congratulations, Brian. Well done! Thank-you, from the RSCDS Ottawa Branch.