Ceilidh Dance newsletter – next Ceilidh Dance Friday, March 30, 2012

Neep harvest

As mentioned last week many Internet service providers, including Shaw & Telus, have increased their spam security so that e-mails, such as the weekly Ceilidh Dance newsletter, are intercepted and deleted so that the recipients never know their has been anything sent to them. In order to circumvent this problem we are trying a new method which we hope will work for everyone. As you will have seen you will have received an e-mail with a link and once you click on the link you should be taken directly to the current newsletter on our web page. I think that this should work for everyone and that I can dispense with the two versions of the newsletter. However if those who requested the “text only” version have trouble opening the newsletter please let me know.

As per last week’s newsletter Helen Anderson has passed away and a Memorial Service will be March 3rd 1:30 PM at the Salvation Army Church in Bellingham. Address is 2912 Northwest Avenue. Helen’s daughter Mary Anderson is a well known SCD teacher. Condolences to: Mary Anderson, 2938 Seaview Circle, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Unfortunately there is also on March 3 a Memorial for Wilson Dillon who was the husband of one of the original Ceilidh Dance and Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra fiddlers. The service will be at 3 p.m. in the West Vancouver Seniors Centre, 695 21st Street.

Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Tickets for the Heather Ball on Saturday, March 17 are still available – $75 – online at www.rscdsvancouver.org    Music is by the one and only Scottish Accent from Toronto while the location at the Gizeh Temple has the fantastic sprung wooden floor which is a dream to dance on. Come and enjoy the wonderful music and dances like “Geese in the Bog.” GET YOUR TICKET NOW!!

Classes that will work on some of the dances for the Heather Ball

Mondays March 5 & 12                  Burnaby, Deep Cove & Branch
Tuesdays March 6 & 13                 Glenayre, West End
Wednesdays March 7 & 14            Gleneagles (7th only) & Branch
Thursday March 8                          Delta & Marie’s morning class
Thursday March 15                       Special class at the Cultural Centre in the
evening & Marie’s morning class

NOTE:   If you have some heather or know of someplace you can get some please bring to class on Thursday evening March 15.

Tay Bridge


NOTE:- the BC Highland Games is to be held on Saturday June 23, 2012.   This is a week earlier than normal so please help us by passing this information along.
The BC Highland Games Organizing Committee has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers.
   50 to 75 volunteers are also needed on the day of the games.
If you are able to assist, please contact Jim Bain (604-435-0764) or Glenna Urbshadt (604-224-5479).

Check out the BC Highland Games website at www.bchighlandgames.com

Lets hope not!!!

William Murdoch (1754-1839)
Invented gas lighting Born in Lugar, Ayrshire, he is famous as the Scot who lit the world. His Cornwall home was the first to be lit by gas and by 1803 gas was used around Britain. Invented steam tricycle, steam cannon and waterproof paint.

Another fun Ceilidh Dance last Friday attracted about 60 dancers. They rose to the challenge and got through many dances including one I haven’t used for a long time. My thanks to Gill & Richard for filling in for Bonnie etc., to Katherine for teaching some of the dances and to all three of them for being so willing to help wherever and when needed. Of course my big thanks to the band, Calanais, whose music makes a huge difference to the dances. Nice to see Cathy back after missing last time with a very sore back and good to have Louise filling in on keyboard as well as the stalwarts Carole & Duncan. Our thoughts and prayers go to Kate whose husband, Wilson, passed away recently. Kate also managed to fall and break her shoulder blade!

Another quiet week – keeping off my foot – which is improving daily – must do my exercises.   Dance practise on Monday, West End class on Tuesday, Wednesday night class where I missed out two bars in Staffin Harvest, Delta’s class on Thursday so I might know one or two of the Heather Ball dances and the Ceilidh Dance on Friday.   It was a pity there was no dance last night as that meant I had to attend a fund raiser for Beach House Theatre who are presenting Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) by the Sea at Crescent Beach from August 15 – 19.   It cost me a lot more than a Scottish Country Dance!!!

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS – see www.vancouverceilidh.org for a longer list and check out the updates to the Youth West Weekend and the White Rock Ceilidh and Dance.

Mar  3 Burnaby Dance with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra- come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club in the Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby at 8 p.m. – $20
Mar  3 Gaelic Society Ceilidh — info to come
Mar  3 Welsh Society St. David’s Day dinner — tickets & info 604-271-3134 — www.welshsociety.com
Mar  9 Seattle advanced class at Phinney, Room 7 from 7:25 to 9:25 — RSCDS members $7; others $9
Mar 10 Bellingham monthly dance
Mar 10 RSCDS Portland Oregon Branch 33rd annual workshop & ball with teachers Fiona Miller, Lethbridge and Andrew Smith, Emporia and musicians Andy Imbrie, Deby Benton & Renata Bratt
Mar 17 Heather Ball with the same super band — “The Scottish Accent” –  but back at the Gizeh Temple — that’s the hall with the fantastic sprung wood floor.   Tickets are $75 available online at www.rscdsvancouver.org – get yours soon!!
Mar 10 — 18 Celtic Fest Celebrations — www.celticfestvancouver.com
Mar 18 St. Patrick’s day Parade — downtown Vancouver — all dancers are asked to come and join in.
Mar 23 Ceilidh for Children’s Hospital in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.
Mar 25 White Rock spring workshop with Maureen Lyon.   Advanced dancers 9 a.m. — noon – Bring own lunch (coffee & tea supplied) then stay to join the Beginner/intermediate class from 1 — 3 p.m.
Mar 30 Ceilidh Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Class at 7 p.m. and dance from 8 — 11 p.m.  Admission at the door $10 (students etc. $8)
Mar 31 Glenayre spring dance

A man said to his wife one day, ‘I don’t know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.
‘The wife responded, ‘Allow me to explain.
God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me;
God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you !’

The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, March 30.  I would appreciate if you could tell all your friends about it, invite them all to come along for, as you know, it is a fun evening. Class at 7 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. all for the amazing price of $10 (students$8) – what a bargain!! I would truly love to have a really big crowd.

Don’t forget the extra Ceilidh dance on March 23 with the proceeds going to help an operating room nurse at Children’s Hospital provide the necessary medical aid to his child.

My son, Ian, has signed up to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer this June.   To donate and help Ian make his goal go to



This was reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle recently. 
Be sure to cancel your credit cards before you die!!!

This is so priceless and so easy to see happening – customer service, being what it is today!

A lady died this past September and MBNA bank billed her for October and November for their annual service charges on her credit card and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge.   The balance that had been £0.00, now is somewhere around £60.00.

A family member placed a call to the MBNA Bank:

Family Member:  ‘I am calling to tell you that she died in September.’
MBNA:  ‘The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.’
Family Member:  ‘Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.’
MBNA:  ‘Since it is two months past due, it already has been.’
Family Member:  So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?’
MBNA:  ‘Either report her account to the frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!’
Family Member:  ‘Do you think God will be mad at her?’
MBNA:  ‘Excuse me?’
Family Member:  ‘Did you just get what I was telling you .  The part about her being dead?’
MBNA:  ‘Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.’

Supervisor gets on the phone:

Family Member:  ‘I’m calling to tell you she died in September.’
MBNA:  ‘The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.’
Family Member:  ‘You mean you want to collect from her estate?’
MBNA:  (Stammer) ‘Are you her lawyer?’
Family Member:  ‘No, I’m her grandson’
(Lawyer info given)
MBNA:  ‘Could you fax us a certificate of death?’
Family Member:  ‘Sure.’
(fax number is given)

After MBNA gets the fax:

MBNA:  ‘Our system just isn’t set up for death.  I don’t know what more I can do to help.’
Family Member:  ‘Well, if you figure it out, great!  If not, you could just keep billing her.  I don’t think she will care.’
MBNA:  ‘Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.’
Family Member:  ‘Would you like her new billing address?’
MBNA:  ‘That might help.’
Family Member:  ‘ Heaton Cemetery, Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne Plot 1049.’
MBNA:  ‘Sir, that’s a cemetery!’
Family Member:  ‘Well, what do you do with dead people on your planet?’

MBNA were not available for comment when a reporter from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle rang.

Note that there is another Fund raising Ceilidh on Friday, March 23 at the Scottish Cultural Centre.  This is a great cause for a great Children’s Hospital Operating Room nurse whose 5 year old daughter has had to go to Boston for surgery for a bone cancer in her face.

The family is in great need of financial help.  This nurse is an exceptional part of our staff and we are looking for many ways to support him and his family through this very difficult time.   So plan and all coming along to lend your support.

Note that the tickets for the Heather Ball are still available and you won’t want to miss this super dance with the fantastic music of the Scottish Accent and on the wonderful sprung wooden floor of the Gizeh Temple.  The ticket price is $75 and can be bought online – www.rscdsvancouver.org or phone Mary Ann at 604-929-2944.   Get your tickets NOW.


The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, March 30, 2012 – that is one week on Friday.

Please help spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms

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. The price is only – $10 or $8 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 or partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.

The schedule for the 2011/12 season shapes up as follows:

All on Fridays of course —

March 30
April 27

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun.   This month we are working on improving the strength of the smile muscles.  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 need to attract students from UBC, SFU and all the other colleges and universities.  Somehow we have to get word out to these students.   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 ($10 or $8 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.

For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try www.andysceilidh.co.uk/ this is a radio programme that you can get sent to you and listen any time you want.

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

It really is never too late to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes and NOW is a great time to do it.   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 next week.   There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO!

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime which 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 get the basics learnt 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 also are Branches in Victoria and Seattle). There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below. 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, 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

Also the Inverary Step Dance class on Wednesdays in the French School, 1555 West 7th Ave., Vancouver- info b_campbell@dccnet.com


For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.  

Other announcements etc:

Seattle Branch – info at www.rscdsseattle.org

Our Challenge Class will return to meet at the Phinney Neighborhood Association – Room #7 (6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle) on Mar 9, 2012.  We have the room from 7:00, and because we need time to set up, class will meet from 7:25 – 9:25pm.  Fee $7 for RSCDS members and $9 for others. 

Note that the classes are on the second Friday of the month.

Following up on requests, the plan is do much more technique,  We will do fewer dances most weeks and spend more time on improving personal technique – steps and formations.  As in any class, team work and sociability will be a major focus.  We will be delving into old books and also bringing in new dances to complement the programme.  If you have dances you specially would like to do let me know.



The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 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.  WE Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!!   What a nice thoughtful gift it could be if you gave your friends admission to the Ceilidh Dance.   They don’t need to know it only costs $10 – 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 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.

The cost is still the amazingly low price of $10 or $8 for students and we provide refreshments although we do ask for your donations towards their cost. We always need your support both by coming along and by helping us to advertise these dances by whatever means you use to communicate with your friends be it e-mail, Face-Book, Twitter, Text or even telephone! 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 on 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!!

If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org

Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news. 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.  I am delighted that we have gone over 350 so the next goal is 400 before the end of the season.   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 354 subscribers 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. Note- I normally compose the newsletters on Sundays.

Wick Bay

Thanks hope to see you at a dance class, a Ceilidh Dance or somewhere nice.   Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for you never know you just might …..!  

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org