Classes

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Click on the links below to learn more about each class and its teachers:

Email us at ss2022@dancescottish.org.nz, message us on Facebook or consult your tutor if you have any questions about which interest group suits you best.

Development

Classes | 9am-noon

Venue: St Mark's Church Hall

A class for dancers who are keen to learn basic steps, technique and formations.

Improve your dancing technique, footwork, handing, phrasing, transitions, dance geometry and teamwork. Build your knowledge and confidence, and master common formations so you can dance them without needing a walk-through.

Some of the dances from evening programmes will be taught in class.

Teachers

Katherine Uren

Katherine has spent most of her life with her fingers dancing on a cello, but discovered Scottish Country Dancing in 2011, and is thriving on the balance between the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, cello teaching, dancing, and taking the Innes Club in Ellerslie, Auckland. Duets with her husband, Andrew Uren, equate to Poussettes, and Crossover Reels are like sorting the family transport!

Apart from sharing the fun of the dance, Katherine likes books and word games, and is currently struggling with Duolingo’s Scottish Gaelic.

Xiaowen Yu

Growing up in Wellington, I started Scottish Country dancing 25 years ago. I’ve always loved attending region classes, workshops, and Summer Schools. My PhD and postdoctoral training took me to the United States and really highlighted to me how amazingly international SCD is.

As a teacher, I love helping new dancers fall in love with SCD, and seeing that ‘lightbulb moment’ when someone gets a concept is priceless. During the workday, you’ll find me in a neuroscience lab, studying brain cells. In addition to SCD, I also enjoy ballroom dancing – it’s how I met my partner, Tom, and I’m looking forward to bringing him to Auckland for his first Summer School!

High Energy & Technique

Classes | 9am-noon

Venue: Jubilee Building

An enrichment class for fit, injury-free dancers with a high level of energy and an excellent knowledge of dance geometry, footwork, handing, phrasing and covering, as well as most formations.

Dance unusual and complex dances, and discover advanced formations. Improve your footwork, rhythm, phrasing and technique with constructive critiquing tailored to your dancing.

Teachers

Fiona Bullivant

My classes are challenging, tiring but fun,

As interesting movements and dances are done.

En Rond, La Baratte, the Tourbillon and more,

Add in the music and dance round the floor.

Doug Mills

I’ve been dancing for over 50 years now, having started as a child at the Johnsonville club in Wellington where my mother taught. Since then I’ve had a bit of a peripatetic existence, dancing at the Wainuiomata, Island Bay, Napier, Greymouth, Christchurch, Tam O’Shanter and now Picton clubs!

I’ve been teaching SCD for more than 30 years - in Wellington, Christchurch and now in Marlborough. For the last 10 years I’ve been involved in the teacher training process, firstly as a Teacher Candidate tutor and now as an RSCDS examiner. I am a passionate supporter of all teachers whether they are certificated or not, as these people are the backbone of all SCD in New Zealand.

I’ve taught at several NZ Branch Summer Schools (from Elementary to Advanced High Impact and all classes in between) and three Australian Winter Schools, as well as numerous day and weekend schools all over the country. I might have met you on my travels and I look forward to seeing you again in Auckland.

Lynda & I now live in the Marlborough Sounds in Whatamango Bay, looking out across Queen Charlotte Sound. We are surrounded by native bush and there are always native birds keeping us entertained - tui, korimako (bellbird), piwakawaka, riroriro (grey warbler – noisy, but impossible to see!), ruru, weka (leave the vegie patch alone!) and the scourge of the sparrows, karearea (NZ Falcon). There are usually penguins, dolphins and seals playing in the Bay and orca who aren’t there to play but to feed on the stingrays, and of course plenty possums evading our traps!

And the reason I’m dressed in drag is that three of us did a “Molly” broom dance (type of Morris dance) at the Hanmer Weekend School last year!

Dancing for Enjoyment

Classes | 9am-noon

Venues: St George's Anglican Church ("Low Impact" subgroup) & Epsom Baptist Church ("Social" subgroup)

An enjoyable, social class for experienced dancers with moderate fitness who would prefer to dance at a lower energy level.

Use your knowledge of formations such as the Rondel, Strathspey Poussette, Espagnole and Knot to discover unusual dances, and focus on the overall execution of dances without the physical demand of other classes.

Teachers

Lesley Nicol

I started dancing at the Milford Club in Auckland when I was 11 and still dance and teach at the club.


The RSCDS is a worldwide organisation and I have been fortunate to be able to dance and teach in many places around the world. I met my husband at a dancing class in London and we continue to enjoy attending Summer, Winter and weekend schools.


Asked previously why I keep going to classes – the simple answer is that I believe I can always learn something new or different at each class.


I hope to bring something new and fun for the dancers in my class at Auckland Summer School. I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the end of the year.

Gaye Collin

Teaching dancing has been a passion for me for many years.

Firstly, at the age of 20, I taught Irish dancing and had my own school. In the last 10 years I have enjoyed teaching at the Lower Hutt Club in Wellington, taking classes at a Summer School, at weekend schools and day schools. They all have their challenges and their charms.

My passion for Scottish Country Dancing also includes devising: my fourth book of dances has come out this year.

Excursions

An interest group for dancers or non-dancers who enjoy attending evening events and the social side of Scottish Country Dancing, but find a morning dance class too much.

Visit different parts of Auckland with your dancing friends, guided by local Auckland dancers. All transport provided.

Musicians' Course

Classes | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Venues: Gladstone 1 at The Parnell (29 Dec only) & The Brasserie at The Parnell (all other dates)

A class for competent musicians who want to play for Scottish Country Dancing, or already do so. Explore tips and techniques for individual musicians, and for playing Scottish style as part of a band.

Take up this class alongside your dancing at Summer School, or as a stand-alone.

Teacher

Lynne Scott

Lynne has been playing, learning, teaching and dancing to Scottish Country Dance music for 25 years, in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, Scotland and the US. She plays fiddle for SCD in her dance bands Wild Heather and Strings Attached, fiddle or piano accompaniment for classes and social dancing, and accordion in her ceilidh band, Schiehallion. Lynne is also the NZ Branch Music Adviser, giving NZ’s tutors, dancers and musicians an avenue for advice, comment and musical mentoring. And in her spare time, Lynne is a Lower Hutt teacher of…music!

Here is Lynne having some fun recording her contribution to an international online SCD event last year.

Unit 3 Class for Teachers

Classes | 9am-noon and 1:30pm-4:15pm

Venues: St George's Anglican Church (1 Jan only) & Remuera Baptist Church (all other dates)

For those undertaking the RSCDS Teaching Certificate.