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Branch AGM and other news

Dear Dancers, 
What a wonderful ball!  My first, and a real treat despite the foggy journey home.  So lovely to dance on a properly sprung floor in such a beautiful venue.  Just wish I'd had the courage to go before.

Congratulations to Maureen Haynes, who was MC for our AGM Dance at Corpus Christi; she was presented with a Society Scroll of Honour at the recent RSCDS AGM in Perth.  

The new Branch Committee had their first meeting on Sunday, 25th Nov and after being welcomed by Claire in her role as Chair, set about planning for the year, with a special focus on the first three months.
In the New Year John Pugh and Ray Williams (co-opted) will share Treasurer duties, with Ray doing the book-keeping.  The Committee elected Alan Horsfall as Vice-Chair.  Some other committee roles have also been shared out: Jill Woodman is the new Minute taker; Marion Walbank will be co-ordinating the refreshments at social dances, and may well approach you for a turn at the teapots; Nicola Waugh is taking over from Mairi Devlin as September Day School organiser.  Other plans include a recruitment drive for new dancers (of course) and resurrecting a stalled archiving project.  A busy year ahead (also of course).

Joint Club and Branch Christmas Dance

The next Branch dance is the Christmas one shared with the Leeds Scottish Country Dance Club, This is always a great social event so do join us for this festive dance.  If you have never been to a Branch dance this is a good one to start with.  You will be welcomed with a glass of hot punch and regaled with mince pies and (by special request) apple pies at the interval.

Date: 15th Dec 2018
Music: George Meikle
MCs: Jan & Geoff Robinson
Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Programme and Crib with diagrams

The first Branch dance in the New Year is also at St Chad's. 
Date: 19th Jan 2019
Music: Neil Barron Duo
MC: Alan Horsfall
Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, Otley Road. Leeds, LS16 5JT
Programme and Crib with diagrams

Both dances start at 7.30 pm

Other Festive Dances for Christmas and the New Year

(The world-famous) Adel Tea Dance

Date: 10th Dec 2018 at 1.45 -3.45 pm with a Faith Tea 
Music: Ian Slater
MC: Don Andrews
Venue: Adel Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Avenue, Leeds, LS16 7PQ
All dances will be walked.
£5 at the door (£1 for Loyalty Card holders)
Programme and Crib with diagrams

St Columba's Dancers' Hogmanay Dance 

Date: 27th Dec 2018 at 7.30 - 10.30 pm with a Faith Supper (finger food please)
Music: Ian Slater
MC: Don Andrews
Venue: West Park United Reformed Church, 317 Spen Lane, Leeds LS16 5BD
£10 pay at the door
Please respect the church policy of no alcohol on the premises.
Programme and Crib with diagrams

Residential Schools

There is still time to book for the next Weekend Residential School in March, which promises to be a really fun weekend. 
  • 22nd Mar - 24th Mar 2019
  • at the Esplanade Hotel, Scarborough  
  • Teacher: Di Rooney (also recently honoured at the Perth AGM with a Society Scroll of Honour!)
  • Music: George Meikle
    Application Form

Workshops and Day Schools

The Musicians' Day School is on the 16th March 2019

If you know of any musicians who might be interested in this please pass the information on to them. This is an opportunity to develop expertise in playing Scottish Country Dance music. The workshop sessions will be led by Ian Muir, an accomplished Scottish Country Dance Musician and Senior Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Whatever your instrument, Ian will enable you to participate. Participants in the Musicians’ Workshop are also invited to play alongside Ian to form the band for our evening dance.  See address on application form to contact Heather Foote for more information.  There are not many such workshops and it will be an exhilarating experience, with a very experienced and accomplished musician and band leader. 
  • Teacher: Ian Muir (Prestwick)
  •  Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Join us for a fun day and stay to play live for the Leeds Branch social dance in the evening. 
Application Form

Sunday Workshop

The next Sunday Workshop is on 7th April 2019
  • Teacher:  Catherine Livsey
  • Venue:     Askwith Village Hall, Askwith, LS21 2JB
  • Dancers:  For experienced dancers with a good knowledge of formations and technique
  • Content:   Demonstration dances, eg Lord of Gondor by Iain Boyd.

Christmas Break and Spring Term Dates

Last classes before Christmas are in the week beginning 10th December and we start again week beginning January 7, 2019 until the week of 8th April 2019. Why not bring a friend or two along to try something new in the New Year? First class is free to newcomers.

Impending price rise for shoes. We have just heard from Katz, our ballet shoe supplier that they have put their prices up for the first time since 2010. We will absorb this increase until the New Year and then our prices will go up as well - so buy your ballet shoes for the new season now and beat the price rise. 

Latest Branch Newsletter

Can be downloaded here. A black screen will appear, with the Newsletter, in the centre.  There are arrows to turn pages and read online, but if (like me) you find the print too small, click on the icon at the foot of the page to download the pdf for the view we all know and love.  

RSCDS and other items

Spring Fling 2019 is being held in Paris from 19th April to 21st. Visit their dedicated Facebook page for further details.

Head Office (aka Coates Crescent) have recently conducted a RSCDS Survey on Publications. If you did not receive an email asking you to take part in this survey, please let us know that you are not receiving electronic information from Head Office and we will chase it for you. 

Happy dancing, have a Merry Christmas and a Guid New Year!  I hope to see you all over the festive season. 

Best wishes
Branch Secretary
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