TAC Summer School 2017
23 - 30 July 2017
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Come to UBC, Vancouver and enjoy learning Scottish Country dancing and dances from these world-class teachers:
Tracey Applebee,  Gary Coull,  Jean Noble,  and Andrew Smith

Dance Teachers  Summer School 2017

Tracey Applebee
Cincinatti, Ohio, USA

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Tracey Applebee was first exposed to Scottish Country Dancing growing up in Canada. Her parents both danced, and would have people over to dance to Jimmy Shand records in the basement of their Montreal home.
As a teenager, Tracey and her family became active with the Windsor, Ontario Branch. With their encouragement, she attended TAC Summer School at Brock in 1985 and was thoroughly hooked. Work moved Tracey to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she continues to live and dance.
Tracey received her RSCDS Teacher's Certificate at the TAC Teacher Candidate Class in 1994 and is an active branch teacher. She has taught at multiple workshops throughout the Midwest and sometimes further afield. She always loves TAC Summer School and is looking forward to spending the week with you.

Gary Coull
Dufftown, Scotland

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Gary Coull began dancing at the age of 10 in Dufftown, Scotland with Jessie Stuart as his teacher.  He gained his full teaching certificate in 2013.  Gary currently teaches the Dufftown class and has taught at weekend and day schools in Scotland and Europe including the RSCDS International Branch weekend in Copenhagen and the 40th anniversary weekend of the Stockholm Branch.  He has taught at the RSCDS Summer School as well as the 2016 West End Workshop in Toronto and he dances with the RSCDS Aberdeen demonstration team.


Jean Noble
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Jean Noble danced a little Scottish Country Dancing in Scotland, Singapore, and Montreal but it wasn’t until she arrived in Toronto in 1959 that she became “hooked” on it and joined the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS). She commenced to dance with various social groups and demonstration teams in Toronto.
For many years, Jean and her husband Michael, also a Scottish Country dancer, were very involved with the Perth Pavilion during Toronto’s multi-cultural festival. Jean also performed in comedy shows, which were part of the Scottish cultural scene.
After the birth of her two daughters, Jean began teaching dance classes for children, which she continued for 12 years. The adult group, Hillcrest Group, that she started in 1975 is still flourishing and its members support many of the Toronto Association RSCDS functions.
Jean has served on the RSCDS Toronto Association Committee and has taught classes at all levels of expertise. She has also taught at workshops in both Canada and the USA. Jean taught the Teacher Candidate class, which gave her great pleasure because the successful new teachers spread the joy of dancing to others. In 2008, Jean was awarded the RSCDS Scroll of Honour.

Andrew Smith
Emporia, Kansas, USA

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Andrew Smith started dancing while at school in Greenock in his native Scotland and has now been dancing longer than he cares to remember. He has taught dancing in Scotland, the USA and Canada, and has conducted many workshops, coached demonstration and competitive teams, and for many years taught the Leafmore Class in Atlanta.
Andrew is a great believer in technique; not as an end in itself, but as a pathway to easier dancing and more elegance and fun on the dance floor for all levels of dancers. He has a passion for the neglected RSCDS dances, particularly those from the early books, and takes delight in bedevilling dancers with seemingly straightforward dances that are actually very difficult to perform well. He is also interested in the history of early modern dances and in the development of new figures and the evolution of the SCD technique. Andrew is also a musician with many years’ experience of playing for dancing, and likes to help dancers understand the importance of particularly Scottish music as the impetus for the dance. When not dancing, he participates in many varieties of music making, and is a voracious reader. Andrew currently lives in Kansas where he teaches library science.