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Scottish country dancing beginners' classes, Johnsonville

When:

Mon 10 Feb 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Mon 17 Feb 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Mon 24 Feb 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Johnsonville School, 1 Morgan St, Johnsonville, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: waimea

Looking for a new activity? Scottish country dancing is a great workout for the body, and maybe a challenge for the brain.

The Johnsonville SCD Club is again offering beginners' classes in 2014. They're held in the Johnsonville School hall in Morgan Street, for four Monday nights during February.

The first class took place on February 3 and was well attended. It's not too late to go along, for classes continue on February 10, 17 and 24. The charge is just $4 per night or $12 for all four classes, and they last for two hours, with a supper break.

You don't have to be Scottish and you don't need a partner, as everyone mixes in. Scottish country dancing is very social and is danced in “sets” of usually four couples (it's quite different from Highland dancing), and it doesn't matter in the least if there are more women than men.
Just bring soft soled shoes and light clothing. You'll soon be warm, learn lots and have fun.

Club tutor Rod Downey of Newlands is a surfer and mathematician and has been teaching dancing in Johnsonville since 1995. Rod's attitude is that dancing should be fun, with an emphasis on “teamwork”. Besides teaching the correct footwork, he'll take the time to walk people through each new dance until they're familiar with the pattern. Even if you think you have two left feet, the lively music and skillful tuition will soon get them tapping. And once the classes have finished you'll be welcomed into the club at its regular Monday night sessions.

Of course, a different location may be more convenient for you. There are Scottish country dancing clubs throughout Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Whichever club you join, you'll have a chance to meet people from other clubs in the Wellington region. Throughout the year, formal dances are held, generally on a Saturday evening, anywhere from Carterton to Upper and Lower Hutt, Tawa, Linden, Wellington central, Ngaio and Kelburn. These generally feature live music by local bands.

And with Scottish country dancing you need never be at a loss on New Year's Eve. We don't wait for the city council to organise something - we arrange our own fun! The Hogmanay dance for 2013-'14 was held in the Crofton Downs Primary School hall, complete with a special midnight ceremony.
If you get really keen, there's an annual summer school held at different venues throughout New Zealand. The most recent school was in Cambridge.

And Scottish country dancing is popular throughout the world. So if you plan to travel, just pack your dancing shoes.

More information can be obtained from club tutor Rod Downey, Phone 478-4948, or club secretary Pat Reesby, waimea@clear.net.nz. Alternatively, just turn up at the Johnsonville School hall on Monday evening, February 10 at 7.30 pm. You'll be made welcome.

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