Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK
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Classes

Schedule

Burns Night

Area Classes and Events

Brief History

Photos

RSCDS Links


Try TWO "Dance Scottish" Classes for FREE!

 

All new dancers starting in the Fall get the
Fall Semester at HALF PRICE!
2 Free classes plus 15 more for only $40!
That’s less than $3 a class!



DANCE CLASS INFORMATION

Thursday Evenings
Amherst Community Church,
77 Washington Hwy. , Snyder, New York

(directions)
September through May

Teachers: Scot Graham-Raad, Ann Haag, Sara Lynn Johnson, Anne Young, Marie Ziccarelli and Rebecca Roman

Included in all classes:
*   Experienced Teachers
*   New friends (bring your friends,too )
*   Exhilarating dances (reels, jigs, strathspeys, hornpipes)
*   Great Music from the best Scottish Dance Bands around!

Each year the Teachers and Members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - Buffalo Branch arrange for the following activities:
*Weekly class instruction for September through May taught by Certified RSCDS Teachers
     *A Memorial Dinner and Ball honoring the birthday of Robert Burns in January
       *Public dance demonstrations
New dancers are accepted all through the dancing season, especially following the January Burns Dinner and Ball.
No partner is necessary!  No previous dance experience is necessary!
Footwear at the first few lessons should be light, flexible soled shoes, sneakers or dance slippers.

Doors open at 7:00 to prepare for dancing at 7:15.  

Dancing will begin with warm-ups followed by a review of the steps and formations to be used in the Scottish Country Dances that evening.

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Regular Class Fees
$6 per class or $80 per semester for 17 classes per semester

 

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Rochester

Scottish Country Dance

Tuesdays, 8-10 pm

Community of the Savior

4 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620

for more information contact - Anne - agysps@rit.edu

 


Summer Social Class Information

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Dance Class and Monthly Dance Schedule 2016-2017

 
 

CLASSES

MONTHLY DANCES

September
8th
15th
22nd
29th
Premiere Party Dance
October
6th
13th
20th
27th
Guest Teacher - Carol Howe, Fall Frolic Dance
November
3rd
10th
17th
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December
1st
8th
15th
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Christmas Dance - CLICK HERE FOR DANCE BRIEFS
January
5th
12th
19th
26th
28th
Our 50th Annual Robert Burns Celebration! CLICK HERE FOR DANCE BRIEFS
February 2nd
9th
16th
23rd

Guest Teacher - Claire Collier

March 2nd
9th
16th
23rd
30th
Mid Winter Madness Dance
April
6th
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20th
27th
 
May
4th
11th
18th
25th
Ice Cream Social - CLICK HERE FOR DANCE PROGRAM AGM
For more information contact Sara Lynn Johnson.
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Directions to Amherst Community Church
From Rochester or Cleveland
          Take I-90 to exit 50 (I-290). Continue on I-290 until Main Street
exit West. Proceed on Main Street (Route 5) west toward downtown Buffalo.
       After passing Harlem Road (route 240), turn left on the third street
           (Washington Hwy.).  Five traffic signals have been passed.
                    Amherst Community Church is on the right side.
    From Canada
   Use the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge.  Take the I-190 South.  After
     crossing over the second Grand Island Bridge take exit 16 on to
the I-290  (Youngman Hwy.).  Take the Main Street West exit
and continue as above.
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A Brief History

 

Scottish Country Dancing is a distinctive, historical form of social dancing.   Despite its title, Scottish Country dancing  should not be mistaken for a form of folk dancing or Highland dancing. It was not only danced by the common folk, but also by the elite.
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 The elegance, manners, and footwork of the Scottish Country Dance has its roots both in French Ballet and the French Court.  In 17th century Scotland, this French base, combined with Celtic dance patterns danced for centuries by the Scots, resulted in an extraordinary musical form of dance.  It embodied not only grace, but also an exhilarating spirit!
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 Thanks to the social pattern of Scotland, Scottish Country Dancing has never died.  By contrast, the country ballroom dances of England, Ireland and Wales became unfashionable, and nearly forgotten.  As a result of Scotland's clan system, where the Clan Chieftains’ interests became those of their kin, the Clan Chieftains’ demands for dancing were greatly responsible for its continuation.  This socially inclusive tradition made Scottish Country Dancing accessible to all, from the barn to the ballroom.
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 Until this century, Scottish country dances were communicated strictly by word of mouth.  This assured the preservation of traditions, while at the same time allowing for a certain amount of Scottish dance evolution.  However, by early in the 20th Century, American and European ballroom dancing had begun to exert an extraordinary influence; Scotland's unique dancing was about to evolve itself into extinction!
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 In 1923, the Scottish Country Dance Society was formed to preserve Scottish county dances.  As the British Royal family has long been enthusiastic participants in Scottish Country Dancing, King George VI bestowed the title of Royal on the Society in 1951.  Thanks to the efforts of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, we can now enjoy the spirit and grace of authentic Scottish Country Dancing around the world!
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In 1979 the Buffalo Branch was officially accepted as a branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.  

 

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