Next Workshop: November 10, 2018

Toronto Workshop
& Afternoon Dance

A report on the 2017 November Workshop & Afternoon Dance

2017 Workshop Convenor, Christy Barber, writes:

As the new Convenor of the Toronto Workshop and Afternoon Dance, I was pleased that so many people registered for the Workshop this year. Thank you for supporting our annual opportunity to bring 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 what more than one person called a “classy event”.

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.

Thanks to the many evaluation responses, we received a lot of positive comments, some of which were included in December’s Set and Link . Thanks to Elizabeth Baird whose article echoed many of the thoughts dancers shared:”well organized, amazing teachers, friendly dancers, and good food! “

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. I have recommended that  the program for next year’s dance be designed with the range of Workshop attendees in mind. It may make sense for each teacher to teach one of the dances on the program, to build the confidence of the basic level dancers.

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 RSCDS Toronto 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 nametags, assisted Jane with Registration, and Pat Brown and Irene Bailey also acted as highly valued teacher facilitators.

We will convene next April to set the wheels in motion for 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 2017 RSCDS Toronto Workshop


Your 2018 Toronto Workshop teachers. . .

Teacher bios will be posted here.

To be announced. . .  much closer to the date

Schedule for the day (2017):

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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