Teaching since 1981
Born in Scotland, we were taught Scottish Country Dancing at school. As a teenager and on, I danced a mixture of what is now termed Ceilidh Dance, Modern and old time. No one mentioned the RSCDS until I came to Adelaide in 1989. I attended the Adelaide Branch for all of ten years. In 1981, I decided to visit Scotland and also to apply for the Preliminary Examination at the St Andrews Summer School, (talk about fools rushing in), however, I developed an enthusiasm for Scottish Country Dancing and the RSCDS. On returning to Adelaide I taught Scottish Dancing at the Workers’ Education Association (WEA) for experience. These classes were very successful, and my pupils asked me to start the Burnside Group. It took me until 1987 to finally achieve my goal of passing the Full Teachers’ Certificate as trips to St Andrews had to fit in with work holidays. Elma See and Morag Napier and many others here and in Scotland, gave me lots of encouragement. On my return, as teachers were scarce here at that time, it was straight into being an assistant tutor at teachers exams and then later tutored many teachers in Adelaide, until last year. Scottish Country Dancing is a ‘passion’ which does not fade with the years, we have a plethora of fabulous dances, new and old, new formations to keep us on our toes, and beautiful music being composed. The people who dance with us do not require a partner, we are very sociable. You can attend Socials & Balls, and visit anywhere in the world and fit in, because the dances are standarised. At the Burnside classes we welcome, beginners and experienced dancers. So come along and join us. Scottish Country Dancing is fun.