Meeting reports

Read the reports of our meetings with valuable tips and techniques from discussions as far back as 2010

Digital music for Scottish country dancing ... part 1
Virtual meeting      March 2021

Part 1.  How digital music works and some of the different options of storage and playback systems you can use to bring modern music solutions to your Scottish country dancing classes.

Digital music for Scottish country dancing ... part 2
Virtual meeting      March 2021

Part 2.  Presenters gave their experience of different methods of using digital music at classes and for social dancing.

Dancing now and in the future

Virtual meeting      September 2020

Engaging with your dancers during lockdown.  Four presenters recounted how they thought SCD would work for enthusiastic dancers in a socially distanced environment.

Workshop postponed due to Covid restrictions
MT Hall     March 2020

Workshop postponed - rescheduled for Sept 2021

How to do it and how to teach it

Anne Taylor     September 2019

Anne shared some of her knowledge gained through many years of teaching both adults and children and discussed the standards of dance needed in the new Dancing Achievement Awards (DAA).

Music and SCD

Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson    March 2019

Dancing is music made visible. Making the most of music in your dance classes and working with musicians. Techniques to get the best from sound equipment.

Inclusive dancing

Malcolm Brown     September 2018

Teaching dancers with various abilities, thoughts on adapting the use of space, music and formations to the dancers' best advantge.

Innovation with simplicity, Derek Haynes' dances

Maureen Haynes     March 2018

Derek Haynes' dances' key attribute is that they are basically simple but with innovative variations, creating exciting new formations.

The ways people learn ... plus ... Highland steps

Rosemary Harvey ... Mervyn Short     September 2017

Sharing knowledge to raise awareness and reflective thoughts when reviewing the teaching experience.  Followed by highland steps, starting with the more familiar and advancing to technical steps.

Controlled abandon

Helen Russell     March 2016

Keeping it social with good phrasing, elegance and musicality.

serTA 10th Anniversary weekend .. Pat Houghton, Anne Carter, Jane Rose, Marilyn Watson, Judith & Ian Muir September 2016

The interface between the dancer, the teacher and the musician. Integrating music and teaching, and what the musicians and teachers can expect from each other.

The chicken and the egg

Judith and Ian Muir     September 2016

The interface between the dancer, the teacher and the musician. Integrating music and teaching, and what the musicians and teachers can expect from each other.

Keep teenagers dancing

Marilyn Watson     September 2016

Making it fun, group enthusiasm and growing confidence for younger people in Scottish country dancing.

Teaching technique by stealth

Graham Donald     March 2016

Helping to improve dancers' technique by demonstration, looking at posture, core strength, hands and feet.

Putting on a display

Paul Plummer     September 2015

Smile, eye contact and engagement between the dancers with good posture, good covering and being at the right place at the right time. Knowing the chosen dances well helps too!

Rediscovering old dances

Jimmie Hill     March 2015

There are no rights or wrongs, we don't know exactly how old dances were performed or old instructions interpreted. We attempt to marry the dance with contemporary music and dance manuals.

Getting the best out of your dancers

Sue Porter   September  2014

Up front is good class preparation, a positive manner, enthusiasm and humour, and appropriate dress.  Consider the music, the venue and the dancers in your class.

Scottish country dancing and the internet

Anselm Lignau   March  2014

Scottish country dancing resources on the internet, how to set up your own website and publish infromation on it.  Once you have a site, keep it up to date, there is nothing worse than an out of date site.

The role of an MC

Andrew Kellet    September  2013

Prepare and think about how to present dances, consider the likely standard of dancing, plan the timings and leave time for encores. Do work closely with the musicians and understand the sound system

Preparing a dance programme for dancers and musicians

Ian Muir    September  2013

Exploring what makes a good dance programme, the contribution of music to enjoyment, variety and atmosphere. Also the dark side, what makes a nightmare programme.

Teaching SCD and dancing techniques

Paul Plummer    March  2013

Teaching techniques including using your voice. listening to yourself, keeping the mood lively, all based on planning ahead, flexiblity of approach and keeping dancers engaged.

The age gap

Ken Martlew    November  2012

Working with dancers of various ages, the benefits of dancing for health and not making too many high technique demands of dancers, perhaps learning later in life, there for the fun of it.

Easy when you know how!

Mervyn Short     September  2012

Awkward sections of dances and how to dance them well. Easy when you know how!

Vocal exercises ... and ... dancing challenges

Kathy Salt and Mervyn Short     September  2012

How to care for teachers' voices with vocal exercises, water, honey and blackcurrant, not caffeine and alcohol. Breathe correctly and project the voice. 

Subtle motivations

Ann Smyth     March 2012

Ways of motivating dancers with fun, praise, fair sharing of the action, achievable targets during classes; all will enthuse dancers.

Music for Scottish country dancing

Robert MacKay     September 2011

A musician's view on Scottish dance music, how the musician can help the dancer and the partnership between the teacher and the musician.

Teaching children and young people

Marilyn Watson     September 2011

Lot of know-how on teaching after-school clubs, private classes and teenagers with a review of some challenges and ways to get the class logistics and motivation right.

Ceilidhs, weddings and taster sessions

Wendy Mumford     September 2010

At ceilidhs and weddings remember you are probably working with many non-dancers, don't teach footwork, just make it fun.  with good demonstrations and call the dance right through.

Come and try Scottish country dancing

Wendy Mumford     September 2010

serTA members tried out Wendy Mumford's very practical demonstration of how to teach dances and manage ceilidhs.

Planning a technique class

Dave Hall     April 2010

Encourage dancers to listen to the music, use helpful counting, develop teamwork and correct phrasing.  The challenges of foot positions, posture, body weight and alignment.