Beach at Mellon Udrigle
The next Ceilidh dance is not until September 28 and we have a surprise guest musician from Scotland – John Carmichael. John is a well-known accordionist who is coming to Vancouver to play in a fund-raiser for the Scottish Cultural Centre on Saturday, September 29 and we have taken this opportunity to have him play for our Ceilidh dance. You can learn more – https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/hall-of-fame/john-carmichael/ The Ceilidh will follow the usual format with the “class” from 7 – 8 pm and the dance, with john providing the music, from 8 – 11 pm. Mark your calendars NOW! If you have a group of 8 or more everyone in your group qualifies for $1 discount off the amazingly low admission price of $15 ($10 for students).
You have to let everyone in your group know the password you have chosen which you then relay to Bonnie (email@example.com) before midnight on Wednesday, September 26. So get busy, put a group together be it student friends or a faculty celebration, or an office get together, or a bunch of friends, or a birthday/anniversary/start of a new semester celebration, or whatever, we ‘d love to have you.
There are refreshments/drinks (including beer, cider, juice, etc.) available for a donation So apart from the fun and great exercise of Scottish Ceilidh dancing there is all the ingredients for a great evening.
No need to be scared if you don’t know how – we will teach you and you won’t be the only newbie. Two left feet? we will show you how to use the right one – it doesn’t matter, no ones watching anyway! You will be a star before the night is out. Make it a date – it will be a night you won’t forget.
For those new to ceilidh dancing the class is a great introduction and you will soon find out you are not the only one who does not know their left from right or back from front!! We teach everything and the dance follows the same format. Everything is very relaxed so you don’t have to worry about anything. If you can walk; you can dance. Wear flat comfy shoes and loose, layered clothing as it is warm work reeling and spinning.
What is a Ceilidh dance? It is informal, easy Scottish Country dancing in a relaxed style for all ages. We teach everything, no experience or partner required just a desire to have fun an ability to move to the wonderful beat of the lively music and to enjoy the company of other like-minded folk.
The next Ceilidh dance is on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the usual class at 7 pm and the dance following from 8 – 11 pm. Pay at the door – $15 ($10 for students). Tell your friends etc. about the dances, they are lots of fun.
- The other dates are:
- September 28
- October 26
- November 30
- January 11
- February 22
- March 29
- April 26
The dances are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver (73rd and Hudson which is between Granville and Oak Streets). They are all held on Friday evenings and where possible the last Friday of each month – the exceptions are December (as we never schedule one) and January (because of Burns.)
Ardroil Suaineabhal, Lewis
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is the 4th FRIDAY of the September – September 28, 2018. – I sure hope you can come and bring lots of friends.
Argyll hills from Bute
Thanks to the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:
The Celtic Treasure Chest on Dunbar is open 7 days a week and stock includes haggis imported from Scotland and many of your favourite foods.
Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to https://www.CelticFashions.com
The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . The cost is only $10.
Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information.
Argyll Street, Glasgow
The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, September 28, 2018. That will be the First one of the season with a great musician from Scotland. There is lots of time for you all to get yourselves and your friends organized to come along for another fun, filled evening. Come and dance, it is lots of fun and really easy. Everything is taught from scratch – you won’t be the only newbie!
Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”. Then, if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc. Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!
A little boy was doing his math homework. He said to himself,
“Two plus five, that son of a bitch is seven.
Three plus six, that son of a bitch is nine…”
His mother heard what he was saying and gasped, “What are you doing?”
The little boy answered, “I’m doing my math homework, Mom.”
“And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?” the mother asked.
“Yes,” he answered.
Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day, “What are you teaching my son in math?”
The teacher replied, “Right now, we are learning addition.”
The mother asked, “And are you teaching them to say two plus two, that son of a bitch is four?”
After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered, “What I taught them was, two plus two,
THE SUM OF WHICH, is four.”
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others will enjoy send me the link. Sound on, full screen:
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It is a bit old and it takes a minute to load but is worth the wait! A few great 360 degree pictures! ENJOY!!!
Some kind of dancing
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Interesting pictures and beautiful singing
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note – please check the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org for and last-minute changes.
|Sep 1||CANCELLED The West End SCDC invite you to come to their 8th Annual Fall Frolic in the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver at 7:30. Live Music provided by Two Thistles and a Rose. The dance programme is suitable for all levels and is mainly drawn from DITP during the summer. Admission $20 – see www,rscdsvancouver.org|
|Sep 7 – 9||Fort Worden Workshop & Ball. Teachers: Bob Anderson, Elaine Brunken, Rachel Pusey. Musicians: Calum MacKinnon, Deby Benton Grosjean, Andy Imbrie. www.rscds-seattle.org/fort-worden-workshop.html|
|Sep 14||RSCDS Vancouver Branch AGM & Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre. Starts at 7;30 dance following free of charge until 11 pm|
|Sep 26||White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club class with John Carmichael providing the music|
|Sep 27||Delta Borderer’s class with John Carmichael – note the hall has to be confirmed|
|Sep 28||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with John Carmichael, an accordionist from Scotland – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10)|
|Sep 28 – 30||RSCDS Saskatchewan Bi-annual Workshop. Teachers: Mike Blanchard, Fiona Miller & Bev Will. Musicians: Scott Duncan, Ron Krug & Dennis Orr. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sep 29||Ceilidh/Concert featuring John Carmichael from Scotland at the Scottish Cultural Centre – www.scottishculturalcentre.com|
|Sep 29||Nanaimo Teachers’ Workshop – 2018 TAC workshop. Sharon Barker has agreed to teach the workshop and we have confirmed the booking for the same location as last year – Bowen Park activity room.|
|Oct 21||White Rock SCDC Fall Workshop – Intermediate to Advanced dance level 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Info: 604-944-6678 Cost $15 at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd Street. Surrey – Teacher Maureen Lyon|
|Oct 26||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10)|
|Oct 26 – 28||RSCDS San Francisco Branch and the Asilomar Committee invite you to join us at Asilomar. We are now accepting applications. Find out more and apply at www.Asilomar.rscds-sf.org|
|Oct 27||Centre for Scottish Studies 20th anniversary celebration at SFU Harbour Centre, 2:30 p.m. The event will feature Dr. S. Karly Kehoe, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Communities at Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Kehoe will present: “Histories of the Scottish Atlantic: Plantation Slavery and the Scottish Diaspora.”|
|Nov 12||Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance, Scottish Cultural Centre 1:15 – 5:00|
|Nov 24||Delta Borderers Tea Dance|
|Nov 27||Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance|
|Nov 30||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10)|
|Nov 30 – Dec 2||The December Weekend in Portugal – email@example.com – with Raphaelle Orgeret and musicians Keith Smith & Peter Shand|
|Dec 10||Vancouver Branch Christmas Ceilidh|
|Dec 11||Glenayre Christmas dance|
|Dec 28||Betwixt & Between in the Scottish Cultural Centre – 7:30 – 9:30|
|Jan 11||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|Jan 19||Vancouver Branch Burns Supper in the Scottish Cultural Centre – 6 – 11 pm|
|Feb 16||Love to Dance Scottish Workshop and Dance, Scottish Cultural Centre 8:30 am – 5 p.m. $50|
|Feb 22||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|Mar 3||Burnaby Spring Tea Dance|
|Mar 23||Heather Ball – 5:00 – 11:00|
|Mar 29||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|Apr 6||Glenayre Spring Dance|
|Apr 13||Deep Cove Spring Dance|
|May 4||White Rock SCDC 65th Anniversary Dance In the Scottish Cultural Centre 6:00 – 11:00|
|May 26||Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance|
6. Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?
The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, September 28th, 2018. Same time, same place, same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.
New Bridge (1788), Ayr
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Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.
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The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, September 28, 2018 (i.e. the last Friday of the month) with live music by a Scottish Accordionist. This is the first of the season. We need huge attendance to welcome our guest musician with everyone coming along for a really fun evening.
You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms and here is a link to the Facebook advert: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through.
They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. The price is only – $15 or $10 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain – everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.
The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. www.facebook.com/rscdsvancouver. There is a link on both our website www.vancouverceilidh.org and the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org
I don’t know about you, but this would slow me down! People slow down and try to “straddle” the hole, then breathe a sigh of relief they completely cleared it!
This is actually a speed control device that is in use. Scroll down and look at all three pictures.
And it is much cheaper than speed cameras..
Pretty clever, huh??? Especially if moved around each day..
Isn’t art wonderful?
Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes will be starting up again in September. Check the locations and times at https://www.rscdsvancouver.org
Come to a class in September – You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org for a list of class locations and times.
For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.
It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).
There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed on the website. Come along – check us out – the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at www.vancouverceilidh.org or www.rscdsvancouver.org. Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations.
as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, Sunshine Coast, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details – www.rscdsvancouver.org
Why do “tug” boats push their barges? ==========================================
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
Other announcements etc:
– info at www.rscds-seattle.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held Friday, September 28th, 2018 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver,
We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 8 or more and we can give them a discount!!!
We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $15 ($10 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2HV3OPBgw or the Face-book page https://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=116203315&k=Z5C5Y4TZPT6G6BD1PKZZTWQQQ6BAW26L34AV&oid=164741310207760 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website www.vancouverceilidh.org and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.
Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn!
There is a FREE class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. with music by Calanais. Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!
The schedule for the 2018/19 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course and, except for January, it is the last Friday of the Month —
Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers. Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.
Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is.
We would like to attract more young adults and students from Universities and all the colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students etc. Please do all you can to help us. Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($15 or $10 for students.)
You should check the website – www.vancouverceilidh.org – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.
You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – www.rscdsvancouver.org – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.
Dance – it is good for your health.
Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at www.vancouverceilidh.org If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – www.vancouverceilidh.org and ask them to subscribe.
If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page. If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.
This newsletter reaches out to some 380 subscribers from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.
Why do we sing “Take me out to the ball game” when we are already there?
Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!
See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org
Ben Vorlich & Loch Earn
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.
Duncan MacKenzie email@example.com