The 47th TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend and AGM will be held from

 July 28 - August 4, 2019 at

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Join us in Calgary and enjoy a weekend with fellow teachers from around the world. 

Teacher for the weekend classes will be
Jimmie Hill from Edinburgh, Scotland,
Musicians will be Andy Imbrie and Deby Benton Grosjean from California, USA
 
 

Dance Teacher - TCW 2019

Jimmie Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Jimmie Hill danced at school on the Isles of Cumbrae and Bute. Following a degree at Edinburgh University he spent most of his working life in the field of English teaching, both abroad and in Scotland.

Since taking his RSCDS certificates, he has been teaching continually at all levels: day and weekend schools in the UK, Europe and North America; the RSCDS Summer and Winter Schools; AGM Weekend classes; Spring Fling and Fringe. He taught the Edinburgh University demonstration team, successfully entering teams at the Newcastle Festival. His dance, The Dancers’ Wedding, was included in Book 41. He is an RSCDS adjudicator.

Jimmie has served on the Executive Council, the General Purposes Committee, and the Management Board. He was the first and is the current editor of Scottish Country Dancer magazine.  He has been a regular contributor, conducting interviews and writing up his research in a series of articles. He has a particular interest in the quadrille tradition.

In 2006 Jimmie proposed the formation of TAS, Scotland’s teachers’ association, and is its current chairman. Increasingly concerned at the decline in country dance teaching in Scottish schools, Jimmie has been leading the Scottish Schools Working Group. He is currently compiling and editing a book of easy dances for use in Scottish primary schools and at Festivals and Days of Dance. His main interest, of course, is sailing and, when uncontactable by other means, can be found at anchor in some quiet bay on the west coast of Scotland.


 

 Class Musicians - TCW 2019

Andy Imbrie, California, USA

 

Andy Imbrie has had the good fortune to accompany some of today’s leading Celtic fiddle talent, including Deby Benton Grosjean, Judi Nicolson, Elizabeth Dequine, Calum MacKinnon, Ryan McKasson, Hanneke Cassel, and David Knight.  He leads the Reel of Seven Scottish dance band, which recently returned from a fabulous week at the New Zealand Summer School. 

 He began studying classical piano as a child and started playing for dances with the encouragement of Kim McGarrity and Barbara McOwen.  He plays regularly for Scottish and contra dances throughout the US and Canada, and has been on music staff for several tours, including three to New Zealand and one to Scotland, Orkney, and the Shetland Islands.  He has also been on staff at TAC Summer School and Pinewoods and was honored to have been invited to teach piano accompaniment at the Valley of the Moon Scottish fiddling school for several years.

 Andy is married to Sherryl Fawx (also a dancer and musician); they live in Santa Clara, California. He works as an aerospace engineer specializing in simulation, guidance, and control design of flight vehicles

Deby Benton Grosjean, California, USA

Deby Genton Grosjean is a resplendent fiddler, successfully melding the virtuosity of her formal classical training in technique with the spontaneity of Scottish folk. She is a multifaceted musician expanding dimensions as a performer to workshop clinician, orchestrator, and producer. She performs and teaches workshops for many dance retreats including Canada (now fourth time at TAC), New Zealand (Summer School 2016), and for years throughout the USA (Pinewoods, Asilomar, Fort Worden, Midwest Weekend, Twin Cities, Portland, Austin, etc.). As a soloist for Scottish country dance, Deby has teamed with many pianists, including Lisa Scott, David Wiesler, Muriel Johnstone, Liz Donaldson, Paul Machlis and notably Andy Imbrie. She records and performs with Andy’s dance band, “Reel of Seven”. Deby is delighted to be a featured fiddler for the TCW Program. A teacher of distinction, Deby’s on faculty with Cabrillo College Youth Music Program, Community Music School and at several music camps including Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish Fiddling School and Sierra Fiddle Camp for over 20 years.

A talented and independent artist, Deby has appeared on over forty recordings. Among Deby’s film score credits include Ken Burns’ Not for Ourselves Alone. She’s published in MelBay’s Fiddle Anthology 2000 and her own publications Fun Celtic Music Series. She’s opened for Scotland’s singer Jim Malcom, England’s Maddy Prior, Ireland’s author Frank McCourt. Since starting her formal classical training at age eight, Deby has received awards in national and regional fiddle championships, classical chamber ensembles, and received honors in college as a music major with emphasis on performance and orchestration.

Connection Magazine notes, “Her recordings will capture your heart and dance your feet.” http://cdbaby.com/cd/debybentongrosjean