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Today we again highlight the branch demonstration team in 2012 at Tartan day on the Parliament Hill dancing one of many peoples favourite dances - Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder Also today we have David Queen from his home in Southport England on the weekly...

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All the dance warm-ups etc in one place

There have been several requests to have all the videos you can participate in shown in one post so here it is! As you probable already know, what I have made available from the RSCDS Online classes is the material I thought was appropriate for all levels of dancers. ...

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Don’t forget your mask if you go out

Today's dance is Shiftin' Bobbins from a beginners class for about 10 years ago. This is followed by a rehearsal of a ceilidh item (sans tutus) based on the Nutcracker ballet. For any of you who happened to stockpile toilet rolls (I hope none of you did!) here is a...

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Why don’t we go to Dundee

Today we highlight the branch demonstration team in 2012 at St. Stephens Presbyterian church dancing a medley of Deil Amang the Tailors / Joie de Vivre Also today we have Fiona Mackie from from her home in Dundee in Perthshire, Scotland. Fiona is the next in line of ...

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Round the world on Friday

Again today we travel the world. We start in Osgoode for a July 1st event, then to Japan where the RSCDS online class came from this week.  There are excerpts from warm-up and cool downs from the video. The rest of the video covers some simple highland steps if you...

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Friday fun

It's Friday again...I think. Today, the first video highlights the demonstration team dancing at the NAC.  See how many people you recognize.  The dance is a choreographed dance named 'Royal Deeside' but it starts with a dance you should be familiar with.  What is...

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Dancing to the Carillon

Four years ago tomorrow many members of the Branch participated in a 50th Anniversary event on Parliament Hill.  We had the privilege of dancing to the music of the carillon.  This event repeated an event held for the branch's 40th Anniversary. Today's the video shows...

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We’re back again

Today we have another memory from the 50th anniversary ceilidh so we can see ourselves without social distancing in 4BC (Before Corona). This time its the Dashing White Sargeant. Another well known and talented SCD teacher is featured in the RSCDS online class this...

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Ooooh, did I miss Mother’s Day

A day late but I hope you won't mind. Firstly we have a bouquet of flowers for all the mothers out there - three dances with flowers in the name. That is followed by a set dance I devised for my mother, Caroline Inglis,  a strathspey named 'Caroline's Fancy' danced by...

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Remembering Brenda

As you have probably already heard through the class convenors, Brenda Mackintosh passed away yesterday. Many of the long time members of the branch remember Brenda fondly for her kindly manner and Jordie sense of humour. In fact she may have been the first teacher...

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AGM and some great warm ups

Today would have been our Annual General Meeting but thanks to Todd's great management its all done and dusted by email. Our new Chair, Wayne Greer, has a video message for you. If you use your imagination you can picture Todd at Parkdale United  congratulating Wayne...

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Lets all go to the park now we can

Well, today would have been the last dance class of the 2019/20 season and the honour would have gone to the Level 2 class under the expert tutelage to Phyllis MacCulloch. It was announced yesterday the we have more freedom in the parks but not quite the freedom that...

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Old-time Wednesday

Today would have been the last class of the season for the Afternoon Social class.  I wasn't able to find a group picture of the class but I did find a video of them dancing courtesy of Chris Thorp.  I know Eileen has had a ball teaching the class this year. Today's...

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A slow Tuesday

Today would have been the last class of the season for the Level 1 class.  I don't know if we've had such an involved level 1 class for a long time. One member, Phil, has joined the branch executive as secretary and another, Denise, will be your Bulletin editor next...

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May the fourth be with you!

Well this would have been the last week of classes for the 2019/2020 season and the AGM. The virtual AGM is over and this year's  Branch Award was awarded to Brian Mackintosh for all his work over many years for the branch. Congratulations to Brian. The branch flash...

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Fun things for Sunday

We start today with a demonstration team presentaion from a few years ago at the Tulip Festival.  See if you can identify the three dances that are represented but not danced in their original format. Next is the fourth in the 'Dancing at Home' series that  Marion and...

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Anybody speak Italian?

The first video today is highlights of the second half performance when the branch members appeared at the Highland Dance Gala last November. We seem to have all sorts of virtual performances these days and John Bottriell contributed this one.  It's a virtual Italian...

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May Day

In the middle of March did we think we would be still at this in May? For May Day we offer some traditional Maypole dancing. We then go back to 2016 and the 50th Anniversary Ceilidh where Veronica Verdicchio sang Ye Banks and Braes accompanied by Joanne Griffin...

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Where did Wednesday go?

A few more bits and pieces today. The first offering is the first dance  I devised for the branch demonstration team. Called "Call of the Pipes" it is a medley for two men and four ladies. The second is another virtual choir, this time from Vancouver with a very...

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If you lost track – it’s Tuesday

A few bits and pieces today. For those who enjoy the 'name that dance' quiz I've put together 3 dances from videos curtesy of Chris Thorp. You are asked to name the three dances and the locations the dances were videoed in (this may be tricky) Send answers to...

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Monday Meanderings

We are travelling around today. First off we go to the north pole to see Santa setting off to deliver presents. Then to Vienna where David Hall will put us through our paces with some strathspey - part to the RSCDS online class last Wednesday. Finally to Ireland to...

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Sunday Sundae

The "Bees of Maggieknockater" danced at the Highland Dance Gala on Nov 30, 2019 is first up today. Then we have another short piece from Stanley Baxter showing Presbyterians on Sunday and then the latest Podcast from the Society.  Thanks to Eileen Black for submitting...

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Virtual Ball

It's time for the virtual Spring Ball 2020.  The virtual Ball is an amalgam of the 2016 (50th Anniversary) Ball and the 2019 Ball. We have everyone dressed up for the Ball, the delicious meal, the grand march and the dancing. Thanks to Chris Thorp for some of the...

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Final pre-Ball quiz

The last of the "Name that Dance" quizzes.  As promised this is more challenging as there are only eight bars of each dance and six dances.  Some of the ball dances have been shown in earlier quizzes and some have not. Next we have Danny Bhoy describing a...

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Sunny Thursday

Name that dance #4 is first up today. Additional question for the quiz - there is a similarity between two of the dances. What is it? Ever wonder what you would look like on the electronic scoreboard at TD place? Another quiz - the picture of someone at the RSCDS...

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World Earth Day

Today is World Earth Day. The earth is in strange state right now but I thought we could celebrate with a quick trip round the world in dance. Another Name that Dance - reminder send your answers to the email address danceaday@rscdsottawa.ca don't add them to the...

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Support to our friends in Nova Scotia

We are starting with the tragic situation in Nova Scotia.  I am sure we are all thinking of them and I put together a short video message from us to the Nova Scotia branch.  Next up is the "Name that Dance #2" so you can identify three more dances from the Ball...

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Life’s a Ball

Life's a ball or it should have been this week. Today would have been the ball practice but instead I have the first is a series of  "Name that Dance".  There are three dances from the Ball program - today they are all easy. Also, the last of the series of clips from...

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Cheer up on a dull day

I have a plethora of pieces today on this rainy day. This dance seemed somehow appropriate - "The First Rain of Spring" danced at La Salle Academy as part of a fund raiser for the Highland Dance Association. This is followed by someone I can't quite recognize but says...

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Weekend Soldiers

What happens when wooden toy soldiers can alive - you'll see. Also the second video in the series with Mervyn Short from last Wedneday's online class.  This time on joint loosening. For those who are following the society's weekly podcast, I have included the link to...

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Friday fitness

If you are feeling like exercising today, I have the first of a series of edits from the RSCDS online class that was held live on Wednesday.  This edition features Mervyn Short and the first set of exercises are aerobic warmups.  Be sure to listen the the introduction...

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Three for Thursday

Three items today. First is a reheasal by the Level 3 class of a Christmas Ceilidh item based on a snowflake.  The recorded pipe music is by John DeChastelain. Second is another in the series of Dancing at Home by Marion, this time on reels and the dance. "Catch...

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Mid-week multi-cultural mix

Today we have the demonstration team at "Carnival of Cultures".  Today's quiz is easy, name the three dances in the clip - reply to the email you received - don't put the answer in the comments as everybody will see your answer! I also thought I'd throw in how...

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Ramadan-ce and a trip

We're back in rehearsal mode today with Ramadan-ce written by John Drury and rehearsal lead by Eileen. Knowing we are only allowed to take short trips, here is a short 'Trip to Bavaria". And one other important question that I know has been bugging a lot of you.

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One More Day/Week

Going into our fifth week of self isolation but who's counting. We have Scottish dancing with a difference - ladies step dancing - and a dance that was the favourite of the ladies. This is followed by a video that has gone viral, an English family's take on a Les Miz...

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Happy Easter/ chag same’ach

I've included a dance devised by Bryan Gordon for Marion Hamilton called "Marion's Welcome (to Ottawa)". I thought the soothing sounds of a little harp playing would be nice for Easter so we have Joanne Griffin, who we really miss, playing the "Aran Boat Song" and...

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Saturday Smorgasbord

Hope you are enjoying the sunny but cool weather today. On offer today is a dance performed by the demonstration team on Parliament Hill in 2011. The video was made and contributed by Richard Hatherill. A wee bit of fun from the 50th Anniversary Ceilidh and a graphic...

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Good Friday

It's the Easter/Passover weekend and we'll all have to celebrate it virtually. This blog is supposed to be a distraction from Covid-19 but I am making an exception today. Today I decided to have one video that I think it appropriate on several levels given it is Good...

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Thursday thoughts

A few bits and pieces today. The video of the level 3 class rehearsing for the Christmas dance  2019 ceilidh item, the next in the series of dance at home videos from Marion Hamilton and a wee Scottish granny's message to us all.

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Wednesday wonderings

There are few quadrilles in the Scottish Country Dance repetoir but a couple do appear.  The Queen's Quadrille was published in Book 43 and is performed by the demonstration team. If you found the Scottish voice activated elevator accents strange just listen to...

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Another miscellany

Phyllis MacCulloch is originally from Montreal where her mother Fran was a leading light in the Montreal Branch for many years. Today we feature a strathspey devised to honour her by John Bowie Dickson named "Fran MacCulloch" We then speed up the pace with the Celtic...

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Happy Tartan Day

April 6th is Tartan Day so happy Tartan Day to you all. I don't think there are Hallmark cards to mark the occasion. The branch was invited to participate once again in this year's celebration of Tartan Day. Unfortunately, as with everything else, it has been...

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An unsunny Sunday

Though it's rainy out today, I hope I can bring a ray of sunshine into you life with the following couple of videos. The first shows what can happen when you start with the basic dance Corn Riggs and add variations on the theme and the second shows how you can dance...

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And the dance continues….

Today is the one-week anniversary of the blog.  Thanks for all support I've received so far.  It's been very encouraging. If you want to join in, I have two videos that you can do just that. The first is a video of the Gay Gordons danced at the 50th...

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Cross-cultural excursions

Scottish Country Dancing pops-up in the stangest of places.  Most people would not have expected our dancers to appear dancing with the fairies in the Savoy Society's production of Iolanthe but appear we did. Also, today, we have an inverview with an American...

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Exercise while self-isolating

It is important to get lots of exercise while self-isolating. Today we have a couple of suggestions on video.  The first is how to incorporate SCD into your daily routine and the second is how to keep your arm muscles and core in shape (courtesy of Denise Conway...

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Covid-19 Miscellany

Although this is supposed to be a distraction from Covid-19, I decided that I should include two videos addressing the subject today. The first video is from the Lyon Branch in France, social dancing while physical distancing - The Toilet Roll Reel (thanks the Mary...

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A dance, some history and step practice

Dance-a-day today offers two videos, the first reminds us of the socials we are missing. The video was taken at the February 2018 social and features the dance Frances, Our Treasure.  You either see concentration or enjoyment of the dance on the dancers faces. The...

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The Entertainer

Monday's dance salutes a long time teacher in the branch - Hugh Reekie who headed the Entertainment Group for many years The dance was devised Ross MacDonald to mark the 25th anniversary of the Entertainment Group, and was published in "Gatineau Gathering" a...

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Tulips and Dominoes

Today's Dance-a-day features a before and after of the dance Domino 5 (our original version - spot the differences) danced for Tartan Day 2019 on Parliament Hill and a rendition of a well know song by Kim Sanders at the 50th Anniversary Ceilidh held on October 23, 2015.

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