November 11, 2017

Toronto Workshop
& Afternoon Dance

Saturday, November 11, 2017 ~ 8:30am to 5:00pm
Toronto Workshop and Afternoon Dance

Join us as our RSCDS Toronto Association celebrates its 60th Anniversary year

2017 Workshop Convenor, Christy Barber, writes:

Last year’s Toronto Workshop Convenor, Mike Morris, reported that over 115 dancers had a most enjoyable experience together at the RSCDS Toronto Workshop and Afternoon Dance. If you didn’t attend, what did you miss?  Find out this year!  Join us as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary year, and another wonderful Toronto Workshop and Afternoon Dance.

Each of our three teachers — Jim Stott, Marion Hamilton, and Maureen Richardson — will contribute their special skills and teaching experience to the dancers’ development. Jim Stott is a highly experienced workshop teacher, and current director of RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews. He recently had a highly successful gig tutoring teacher candidates in Russia (everyone passed).

The Basic Class last year had 19 students. They met in the bright new Dance Studio. One of the students wrote on the evaluation form, “Just a wonderful way to gain experience. We love it. The people are lovely and helpful.”  Are you a basic level dancer? Join us at our 2017 workshop. You too will love it!

All classes dance to live music by Laird Brown and Donny Wood, Don Bartlett, and/or Fred Moyes.
These are well loved musicians, skilled in playing for Scottish country dance.

We look forward to convening once more in the beautiful Branksome Hall facility. Last year, dancers were mightily impressed with Branksome’s new Athletics & Wellness Centre, commenting that
“The venue is wonderful, uplifting.” and “an amazing facility”. 

Those who love to shop for bargains were thrilled with the gently used clothing sale. One dancer wrote, “Lovely time... like the chance to get second-hand apparel too! Thank you!”  Dancers purchased $1485 worth of items generously donated by members.  I received an email from an out-of-town dancer who wrote, “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your workshop this past weekend.  Everything was top notch!  I’m going to encourage more folks from Kingston to make the trip to Toronto next year.” 

Mark Saturday November 11th 2017 in your calendar for some wonderful dancing experiences among people who, like you, appreciate the benefits of Scottish Country Dancing.

H.I.S.C.D. “Happiness is Scottish Country Dancing”    We are now taking applications online.

. . . Christy Barber, Convenor 2017 RSCDS Toronto Workshop

Downloads:  2017-Toronto-Workshop-brochure.pdf    (download brochure to apply on paper)
•  Afternoon dance briefs:  2017-Nov-Workshop-afternoon-dance-briefs+video.pdf


Your 2017 Toronto Workshop teachers. . .

I started dancing in 1965.  When I became a Primary Teacher in 1974 I started to teach dancing in schools.   I entered many teams into the Aberdeen Festival and danced for RSCDS Aberdeen in their Demonstration Team.  I sat my Preliminary Certificate in 1992 and Full Certificate in 1994.

I taught classes at all levels in Aberdeen and did a term of office as Chairman of the Branch.  I became Youth Co-ordinator, arranging many events for young people.  I have been lucky enough to teach at many Day and Weekend Schools in Britain, Europe, Japan and North America.   I taught at the Australian Winter School in Perth and at our own Winter School in Pitlochry, Scotland.

I became one of the first Medal Assessors in 2005 and then an adjudicator in 2007.  In 2011 and 2012 I was Depute Director of Summer School and in 2013 I tutored Unit 5 at St Andrews.  I have served on Youth Services, Education & Training, and served two years on the Management Board.   I became Schools Director in 2015.

I enjoy teaching dancing and get great pleasure seeing Scottish Country Dancing continue to thrive all over the world.

. . . Jim

Jim Stott, Aberdeen

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)

4:50 – 5:00        Dance continues

Lest we forget: All classes will pause at 11:00am

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.

   Workshop Navigation:  Workshop •  Workshop Sign-Up  • Musicians  •   Directions to Branksome Hall  •  Evaluation Form  •  Workshop Committee

Marion Hamilton, Kanata

Maureen Richardson, King

Marion was introduced to the magic of Scottish Country Dancing by Georgina Findlay in her Saturday morning class in Weston as a young teenager. She lost dancing for a time, as life moved along, but found it again in 2007. She loved the beautiful Celtic music, the wonderful teamwork required to accomplish formations in a dance and the energetic interesting people she met.  Her husband, Michael, soon joined the dance and they began dancing even when traveling in Portugal, England, Mexico, and the United States.

Her love of teaching drew her to the journey of accreditation in 2010. She earned her certification in 2013 in Toronto. Many thanks to Pat Coyle, Jean Noble, Fred Moyes, Don Bartlett and many "stooges" and friends who helped enable this goal to come to fruition!

Marion taught in the Niagara Region until 2015 at which time she moved to Ottawa to be closer to family and her cottage life. She now teaches in the Ottawa branch and loves sharing the joy of Scottish Country Dancing.

Maureen began Scottish Country Dancing at the age of 4 at Calvin Presbyterian. Having been taught and inspired by some of Toronto’s best teachers and adjudicators, including Ann MacLeod and Isabelle Macpherson, she acquired her full certificate in 1972, while a student of Grace Harris at Rosedale Presbyterian. 

Maureen taught children’s classes both as a dance teacher and during her career as an elementary school teacher. She taught Level 1 at Eastminster United, and introduced Level 1 in Aurora. Currently, she teaches the South Simcoe Social Group in Alliston, the St. Andrew’s Social Group in Aurora, and fills in, when needed, at the Petronella social group in Thornhill.

She has been a teacher for both the West End Workshop and the Stoney Lake Weekend Workshop. She served two years on the Board of the RSCDSToronto Association as Director of Education & Training, is Secretary on the Teachers’ Panel, a member of the Youth Committee, and performs with the Toronto Demo Pool. Scottish Country Dancing continues to be one of her life’s passions, second only to her family.