November 10, 2018

Toronto Workshop
& Afternoon Dance

The Toronto Workshop

Workshop Convenor, Christy Barber, writes: Thanks to the many dancers who have registered for Toronto’s annual Workshop and Afternoon Dance.

   This opportunity to bring together a variety of fine and fun teachers and musicians feeds our passion for Scottish country dancing. After the 2017 Workshop, we received so many positive comments, including “well organized, amazing teachers, friendly dancers, and good food!” We are working hard to ensure another satisfying day for everyone.

   This year’s guest teachers Andrew Smith from Kansas, Sara Posen from St Catharines, and David Booz from Toronto, will bring enthusiasm for the dancing, and dances to challenge our skills. Both newer and experienced dancers will find something to “take away” from the variety of approaches offered.

   Each class will be enhanced by the musical skills of Laird Brown and Don Wood, Don Bartlett, and Fred Moyes.

   Scotch Mist will fill the spacious bright gym with great tunes for the Afternoon Dance.

   Cooperation and consideration are important for a successful workshop. Our hope is that dancers will carefully consider their class choice. A greater number of years dancing should not translate into a higher level. Intermediate level may be a choice for those wishing a less demanding class, while the advanced level encourages a more energetic level of finesse.   Class-Selector.pdf

   Dancers from each class level will attend the Dance, and welcome and support of those less experienced is appreciated.

   You won’t want to miss the popular sale of gently used donated items, renamed a Dancewear Bazaar. It’s a shoppers’ paradise (open 10:30-2:30) and proceeds support RSCDS Toronto.  The generosity of Toronto members who provide overnight hospitality and transportation support is always appreciated by out-of-towners.

   It takes a team to coordinate the details of this major event.  I am pleased to work with these interested and interesting Workshop Committee members: Jane Robinson, Anne and Kevin Moloney,  Susan and Andy Lipchak, Bill Barber, Pat Brown, Louise and Phil Buddle, and Anne Bishop.

   Looking forward to joining you on the dance floor. Sounds like fun to me!

H.I.S.C.D.*  Christy Barber, Workshop Convenor

*Happiness Is Scottish Country Dancing

Intro Class:  Moira Korus will teach a special, free, 1-hour Intro Class for not-yet-dancing-but-might people. If you are, or know, such a person this is the class — and it’s free!

Download this poster and please share widely:  2018-Toronto-workshop-intro-class.pdf 


Andrew Smith

Andrew started dancing in his native Scotland and has now been dancing longer than he cares to remember. He has taught in Europe, the USA and Canada, and has conducted many workshops, has coached demonstration and competitive teams, and for many years he taught the Leafmore Class in Atlanta.

    He is a great believer in technique, particularly of the upper body; not as an end in itself, but as a pathway to easier dancing and more elegance and fun on the dance floor. He has a passion for the neglected RSCDS dances, particularly those from the early books, and enjoys exploring older “new” dances from the 50s and 60s.

    When not dancing, he participates in many varieties of music making, and is a voracious reader. He currently teaches library science in Kansas.

Typical schedule for the day:

8:30 - 9:05_____Registration, light breakfast,
______________ welcome and introductions

9:15 – 10:30     Classes*

10:30 – 10:45    Break  (Dancewear Bazaar starts)

10:45 – 12:00    Classes*

12:00 – 12:50    Lunch

12:50 – 2:05     Classes

2:05 – 2:30       Break (Bazaar closes 2:30)

2:30 – 3:30       Afternoon Dance

3:30 – 4:00       Interval: Tea/coffee, treats

4:00 – 5:00        Dance continues

* Wondering which Level to apply for?

Download: Class-Selector.pdf  

Questions?  Please ask: Christy Barber

NB: The Workshop is scent-free, please.
If you bring a water bottle, have your name on it.


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Sara Posen

Sara first learned Scottish Country dancing as a child in Grace Harris’ classes at St. Clement’s Church in Toronto.  She re-learned Scottish dancing as an adult in Pat Coyle’s classes in St Catharines, and achieved her full Teacher’s Certificate in 2013.  

    Since then she has taught both adult and children’s classes in St Catharines (the children’s enthusiasm is delightful, but the adults are less wiggly!).  Sara loves the joyful energy of Scottish Country dancing when you’re on the dance floor, you can’t think about anything else.  

    Away from the dance floor, Sara teaches courses about Canadian Popular Culture at Brock University.  She and her husband, Russell, have an 11-year old daughter, Hannah, who also loves to dance.

David Booz

David began Scottish Country Dancing as a child in Toronto with Betty Thompson of Newtonbrook. He returned to dancing in 1985 and performed in countless demonstrations with the Finlay Scottish Country Dancers locally and in Florida and Scotland. He has attended many workshops and weekends, including TAC Summer School and RSCDS Summer School in St Andrews. He earned his Teacher’s Certificate in 1999 with Jean Noble as Tutor. 

    David has taught the Woodglen group and Branch Classes in Toronto, and workshops in Picton, Toronto, Kingston, Lethbridge, Red Deer, London ON, Winnipeg, and Medicine Hat, and has been a guest teacher at TAC Summer School.  He currently teaches the Trinity Scottish Country Dancers in Toronto. 

    He also regularly dons his pants and enjoys ballroom dancing with his favourite partner Suzanne. 

    David likes to emphasize the pleasure of dancing, but he believes that SCD is most enjoyable when it is done well, with particular attention paid to phrasing, covering, handing, and interacting with the other dancers.