The London Canada Branch held their global Commonwealth Ceilidh on Saturday, June 21st, with over a hundred participants. The hall was decorated with flags from every commonwealth country. The local television station (CTV) recorded the event for the late night news. Dancers from the London area, Sarnia, Windsor, Guelph, Goderich and Scotland, along with friends and family, enjoyed a fun packed ceilidh dance programme. An interval performance by Dr. Vidya Nararajan, a professional classical Indian dancer, brought the audience to their feet in true appreciation. The mix of Celtic tunes along with traditional Indian music, made the preformance memorable. The history of regimental and pipe band music played in India during the years of the British Raj has left a legacy of Scottish tunes which continues to this day. Refreshments were served later in the evening and everyone agreed that the London Canada Branch had held a very successful Commonwealth Ceilidh.
The new dance year is coming fast.
The registration form for the new year is now available.
Should you wish to try Scottish Country Dancing prior to becoming a member you can come to the free classes in September on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30. The dates for the free classes are September 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2014. Wear comfortable clothing and bring soft soled shoes for dancing.
See the Classes page for the address and directions.
Hope to see you there.
Benefits of Scottish Country Dancing
Studies show that people are healthier and happier when they join like-minded others in hobbies, activities and clubs. Scottish Country dancing is one such activity. Anyone, of any age, can join, costs are minimal and clubs exist all over the world, including Japan, of all places. Obviously you don’t have to have a drop of Scottish blood in you to participate in Scottish Country Dancing. And from the beginning it is a lot of fun.
Gladys Farrant of the Scottish Country Dance Club in Kaitaia in New Zealand’s Far North is a shining testimony to the value of Scottish Country Dancing and the benefits of activity in general. At 75-years-young, she tutors Scottish Country Dancing and takes tap dancing lessons with a group of chronologically-younger dancers.
Scottish Country Dancing is certainly good for circulation and arthritis, beneficial for the brain and an opportunity to socialize with like-minded people. You may want to join a regular dance group and enjoy the benefits for yourself.
National Post Article by Jane Macdougall
Check out the article by Jane Macdougall on her reactions to Scottish Country dancing at this link.