We have been striving to group attendees in classes that accommodate their needs, and are enjoyable and comfortably challenging for all. We have therefore tried to reorganize class requirements and descriptions (see below). We urge you to give serious consideration to your choice of class. If you are uncertain which class to take, we recommend reaching out to your regular SCD teacher for guidance. Please be aware that the high impact class will require considerable physical stamina.
In all classes there will be an opportunity for individual feedback. If you would welcome feedback please inform the teacher at the beginning of the class.
Attendance at SCD classes for a minimum of six months is a prerequisite for all who come to the Pawling Weekend.
This class is for less experienced dancers. All aspects of Scottish Country Dance technique will be taught and improved, including the execution of steps and knowledge of formations. Basic and intermediate formations (see list below) will be taught or refined as needed. New dances from the vast repertoire of basic and intermediate dances will be introduced.
This class will be less physically demanding than the high impact class (see below). New and interesting dances will be taught and all points of technique, including teamwork, phrasing, handing, deportment, and rhythmic execution of steps will be stressed. Dancers in this class must be able to dance all the basic and intermediate formations (see below). Familiarity with advanced formations, such as set and link for three couples, and the ability to execute them with a short reminder is assumed.
This class will be physically demanding, and will require considerable stamina. Dancers in this class must be able to dance well all the basic and intermediate formations (see below). Familiarity with advanced formations, such as set and link for three couples, and the ability to execute them with a short reminder is assumed.
Allemande for 2 couples & 3 couples
Back to Back
Balance in line
Crossover Mirror Reels
Figures of 8
Hands round and back
Knot for 2 couples
Lead down the middle and up and cast
Poussette (quicktime & strathspey)
Promenade for 2 couples & 3 couples
Reels of 3
Reels of 4
Rights and Lefts
Set and link for two couples
Set to and turn corners
Set to corners and partner (hello-goodbye)
Turn corners and partner (corner partner corner partner)
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New York Branch