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
How digital music works and some of the different options of music storage and playback systems you can use to bring modern music solutions to your Scottish country dancing classes.
Dancing now and in the future
Virtual meeting September 2020
Engaging with your dancers during Covid lockdown. The four presenters recounted how they thought SCD would work for enthusiastic dancers in a socially distanced environment.
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 discussed the various 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.
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 then advancing to technical steps.
serTA 10th Anniversary weekend
Pat Houghton, Anne Carter, Jane Rose, Marilyn Watson,
Judith and Ian Muir September 2016
Great fun at the serTA 10th anniversary weekend. How to attract new dancers and getting the most from your class.
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 musicians and teachers can expect from each other.
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 musician, 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 and how to set up your own website and publish information 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 technique
Paul Plummer March 2013
Teaching and dancing technique including using your voice, listening to yourself, keeping the mood lively and all based on planning ahead, being flexibe in approach and keeping the dancers engaged.
The age gap
Ken Martlew November 2012 at RSCDS AGM
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, who are there for the fun of it.
Vocal exercises ... and ... Dancing challenges
Kathy Salt Mervyn Short September 2012
How to care for teachers' voices with vocal exercises and water, honey and blackcurrent, not caffiene and alcohol. Breathe correctly and project the voice.
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
Lots of know-how on teaching after-school clubs, private classes and teenages 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 so don't teach footwork, just make it fun. Give good demonstrations and call the dance all the way through.
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.