Dancing Achievement Award (DAA)

Intermediate-level and Advanced-level DAA Courses

in conjunction with TAC Summer School 2019

July 29 - August 3, 2019

Mt. Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada

The Dancing Achievement Award (DAA)

is open to all Scottish Country dancers looking to develop their personal dancing.

Course Teacher: Jim Stott     Course Musician: Ron Krug

See biographies below

 DAA Registration will open online on 1 April 2019.

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Have you been Scottish Country Dancing for a while and wonder at what level you are dancing?
Do you enjoy a challenge and want to improve your dancing technique?
Do you enjoy working towards and achieving goals with a team?
Have you ever considered taking the RSCDS Teaching Certificate but are not sure if your technique is good enough?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then the Intermediate-level or Advanced-level Dancing Achievement Award Courses offered in conjunction with TAC Summer School 2019 are the classes for you.  Each course is limited to 12 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note in the comments section of your Summer School registration if you are interested in signing up for the DAA course.  Full registration and the additional $150 CAD for the courses will be paid when registration opens.

The Dancing Achievement Award is an opportunity for dancers to work with a Course Teacher over mornings (Intermediate) or afternoons (Advanced) on Monday, July 28th through Friday, August 2nd for a total of 12.5 hours with concentration on personal dancing technique. Dancers are then assessed on the afternoon of Friday, August 2nd for Intermediate and morning of Saturday, August 3, 2019 for Advanced by two RSCDS-approved Assessors.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) has prescribed a list of formations and nine dances for each of the Intermediate and advanced levels that participants must have learned before arrival.  All participants should download a copy of the syllabus (article DAA-01) from the RSCDS website (www.rscds.org/article/dancing-achievement-award-daa) and they should have access beforehand to the RSCDS Manual of Scottish Country Dancing (3rd Edition, May 2013) which can be purchased through TACBooks if a copy from a local teacher is not available.  Following registration, registrants will receive further information directly from the Course Teacher Jim Stott.

For more information and to read the requirements and expectations check the RSCDS website: www.rscds.org/article/dancing-achievement-award-daa

Please register for the 2019 Summer School (as a resident or non-resident) and then indicate in the comments section if you are planning to register for DAA and at which level.

In addition to the Summer School charges, the fee for the Course plus RSCDS Registration and Assessment is $150 CAD.

DAA Registration will open online on 1 April 2019.  Each of the two courses has a class limit of 12 dancers. Registrations must be complete by May 30, 2019 so that paperwork can be submitted to RSCDS Headquarters.

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Course teacher: Jim Stott, Aberdeen, Scotland

Jim started dancing in 1965, and when he became a Primary Teacher in 1974, taught dancing in schools.  He entered many teams  in the Aberdeen Festival and danced for the RSCDS Aberdeen Demonstration Team.  In 1992, he sat his Preliminary Certificate and in 1994, his Full Certificate.  He feels lucky to have taught at many Day and Weekend Schools in Britain, Europe, Japan and North America, as well as the Australian Winter School in Perth and at the RSCDS Winter School in Pitlochry, Scotland.

He became one of the first Medal Assessors in 2005 and then an adjudicator in 2007. He was Deputy Director of Summer School and served on Youth Services, Education & Training, and was two years on the Management Board.  He became School's Director in 2015 and was appointed an Examiner in January 2019.

He enjoys teaching dancing and gets great pleasure seeing Scottish country dancing continue to thrive all over the world.  This winter past, he travelled to Kazan, Russia, to tutor eight Units 2 and 3 candidates.  Jim has taught at St. Andrews Summer School for the past 14 years and it has been his responsibility and privilege to run Summer School for the past 3 years - a fantastic opportunity to engage with hundreds of dancers from about 40 different countries.


Course Musician: Ron Krug

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Ron continues a more than 30-year association with Scottish country dance music.  His first playing experience was for an examination class, conducted by none other than Miss Milligan.  He’s been terrified of Scottish country dance music ever since but tries to put on a brave face.  Although he welcomes the appreciation of teachers and dancers at having live music, he is thankful for all the good, recorded music available – because it gives him a chance to dance too.

He has played for workshops and dances in Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Halifax, Victoria, Kenora, Toronto, Hamilton, New York, Pinewoods, Boston, Waterloo, Medicine Hat, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Langley, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, as well as candidate classes and exams in Kingston, Waterloo and Portland.