Stamford Scottish Country Dance Club has been meeting regularly since 1966. Classes are held on Monday evenings from September through to May - it is considered too warm to dance in the summer! - and Social dances are held on Saturday evenings, one in November and one in March. Our current Chairman is Mike Thompson (01778 343299) and our Secretary is Liz Murphy.Full instruction is given at all weekly classes and beginners and new members are especially welcomed. There is no need to come with a partner - everyone partners someone different for each dance throughout the evening. Please bring soft soled shoes and a drink if you would like. Class fees are £4.00 per evening - first night free! Please contact Amanda Peart, Class Teacher, on 01778 560433.
Scottish Country Dancing is an enjoyable way of exercising your body and your mind. The main object of the dances is social - to experience the joy of moving to music in the company of others who are enjoying themselves. There is an excellent NHS video promoting the health benefits of Scottish Country dancing which also gives an introduction to the basic steps.Although it is a form of dancing with its roots in Scotland, where it has been enjoyed for many generations, it is now danced in many places in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand etc and is currently very popular in Japan. Dances come in three tempos. Reels are fast, flowing and probably the most energetic of the tempos. Jigs are jolly and bouncy. The slower Strathspeys are stately and elegant with a wealth of beautiful slow airs to accompany them.Dances are danced in sets, the most common being a longways set of four couples, with first couple closest to the band (or source of music!). Although you dance with a partner, you will usually change partners for every dance and so there is no need at all to have to come with a partner. For classes, any casual lightweight clothing is suitable - you do get quite warm!In addition to the weekly classes, Stamford holds two social dances a year when we are joined by enthusiasts from other local clubs. Since there are about 15 similar clubs within an hour's drive of Stamford, there is a dance to go to most weekends. At dances, dress is more formal with men wearing kilts (if they have them) and ladies wearing skirts.
*** WE HAVE MOVED! ***Following a huge price increase at Stamford Welland Academy we have moved out of Stamford for the first time in our 50 year history. We are very fortunate to be able to move to Ryhall.The Club continues to meet on Monday night at Ryhall Village Hall, Church Street, Ryhall PE9 4HRfrom 7.30pm to 9.30 pm.
Monday evening classes for 2016Classes resume on September 12thand will continue until December 5th,with no class on November 7th.If you would like to join us for the first time then please contact either Mike (01778 343299) or Amanda (01778 560433) as occasionally we do have to cancel a class if we do not have sufficient dancers or the hall is needed by the Parish Council.