Next Workshop: November 10, 2018

Toronto Workshop
& Afternoon Dance

Update, 21 March 2018

Workshop Convenor, Christy Barber, writes:  As the Convenor of the Toronto Workshop and Afternoon Dance, I was pleased that so many people registered for the Workshop last November. Thanks to those of you who supported our annual opportunity to bring together a variety of teachers and musicians to “feed our addiction” to Scottish Country Dancing. 134 dancers, 25 of whom travelled from out of town, attended. We received a lot of positive comments, including “well organized, amazing teachers, friendly dancers, and good food! ”

    Our guest teachers, Jim Stott from Aberdeen, Marion Hamilton from Kanata, and Maureen Richardson from King, brought enthusiasm for the dancing, and dances to challenge our skills. Both newer and experienced dancers found something to “take away” from the variety of approaches offered and the “community” sharing any dance level that day.

    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.

    We were happy to have four musicians, so skilled at playing for Scottish country dancing: Laird Brown and Don Wood, Don Bartlett, and Fred Moyes. Scotch Mist filled the spacious bright gym with great tunes for the Afternoon Dance. Almost all of the Basic level dancers felt encouraged to stay for the dance. Many thanks to all who welcomed and supported them in their sets.

    The generosity of Toronto members who provided overnight hospitality was greatly appreciated: Keith and Deirdre Bark; Andy and Susan Lipchak,, Ian and Janet Markham; Halyna Sydorenko; Tony Szeto and Lorraine Ng, and Moira Korus. Also, the commitment made by the volunteers for both sales of gently used and RSCDSToronto embroidered new items enhanced the Workshop experience for many of us.

    It takes a team to coordinate the details of this major event.  I would like to thank Workshop Committee members Kevin Moloney – communications, promotion and set up; Jane Robinson, Registrar; Susan Lipchak, catering and post workshop hosting along with; Andy Lipchak- technical support and evaluations; Anne Moloney – teacher facilitator and set up; Mary McLaughlin – teacher gifts and vendor liaison; Bill Barber – hospitality, parking coordinator, and Convenor’s assistant. They were a wonderful group to work with. Rob Lockhart was indispensable with brochure design, website updates, and signage additions. On the day of the Workshop, Wayne Fraser, who had made up the name tags, assisted Jane with Registration, and Pat Brown and Irene Bailey also acted as highly valued teacher facilitators.

    This Spring, we will set the wheels in motion for the Toronto Workshop and Afternoon Dance 2018,  planned for November 10th. Stay tuned to this page for details, as they become available.

    H.I.S.C.D. “Happiness is Scottish Country Dancing” 

. . . Christy Barber, Convenor 2018 RSCDS Toronto Workshop


Your 2018 Toronto Workshop teachers. . .

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(and sale starts)

10:45 – 12:00    Classes*

12:00 – 12:50    Lunch

12:50 – 2:05     Classes

2:05 – 2:30       Break

2:30 – 3:30       Afternoon Dance

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

                         (and sale closes)

4:00 – 5:00        Dance continues

Wondering which Level to apply for?

* Download: Class-Levels-Descriptions.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 teaching 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.