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Spring School of Scottish Dancing 2017


The fifth anniversary Spring School of Scottish Dancing 2017 was held in Kazan from May 5 to May 9. There was record number of 184 participants from all parts of Russia. This year we also had first guests from abroad. There were many beginners from the cities that never participated in previous schools, so we can say that the popularity of Scottish dancing in our country is constantly growing.

The School program included the workshops in all styles of Scottish Dancing: 22 hours of Scottish Country Dancing, 8 hours of Highland dancing and 12 hours of Ladie’s step and hard shoe dancing. Fiona Grant taught step dancing and gave two SCD classes, the rest of SCD was taught by Malcolm Brown and James Stott. Famous Deryck Mitchelson was the teacher of Highland Dancing.

11 brave dancers from different cities attended two week teachers course with James Stott and took exams for the RSCDS Teaching Certificate Part 1 (Units 2 and 3).

As in previous years, the Highland Dancing competition (according to the SOBHD rules) and UKA exams were ogranized.

For most of the classes we had live music by outstanding Ian and Judith Muir. They also played at our ball on May 7 and at social dancing on May 8. Their fiery music will be long remembered by our dancers. Anatoly Isaev from Russia played for the Highland Competition. 

In addition, we also had a festival of Scottish Country Dancing display teams, adjudicated by Malcolm Brown. This year there were 4 teams from Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Saint Petersburg and Krasnodar. Team 'Sinn Araon' from Krasnodar took the first place in the prescribed dance cathegory. 'Quick Scotch' from Nizhny Novgorod won first place in the display dance cathegory.

School was a great success and we can't wait for the next year's school!

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