Maureen Morris


Maureen Morris
Teacher

Apart from at an occasional Highland Dance cabaret in the late sixties and early seventies my first encounter with Scottish Country dancing was through Arthur Littlejohns. In 1978 my husband and I joined the Adelaide Colonial Dancers and one week a month Arthur took the class, teaching SCD. We enjoyed it and shortly after we joined the Adelaide Scottish Country Dance and Social club. Paula Rawson, who was President of ASCDASC for several years, introduced us to Lily Davison’s class at Elizabeth. It was there I met Kay Armstrong. Kay was a lovely dancer, despite her years, and when I learnt she had a class at Gilles Plains I started going along.  She invited me to lunch most Wednesdays and we got to know each other very well. Even so it was quite a surprise when she asked me if I would take over her class as she wanted to further her interest in Shakespeare. Adelaide U3A had begun a course for reading Shakespeare’s plays that began at 1pm.  I really didn’t know what I was getting in to when I said yes.  My first morning was interesting! I gave those attending some step practice and lost two members! I was told they didn’t need it – put me in my box!  When it was mentioned that there was to be a course run to ready people to take the preliminary certificate exams, I knew I was in it for the long haul, though up to that point I hadn’t heard about these exams!  Now, nearly twenty six years on, I can only say thank you to Arthur for introducing me the this interesting world of SCD. Winter Schools have added extra colour to these years opening up a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.  Thank you to all who have supported me through these years; people who have attended Gilles Plains Scottish Country dancers, tutors at the certificate courses and Adelaide and Districts Branch RSCDS.