TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW)
University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
21-23 July 2017

TCW Dance Teacher 2017

Jean Noble, Toronto, 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 has tutored 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.


TCW Class Musician 2017

Ian Muir, Prestwick, Scotland



Ian Muir has been involved in Scottish Dance Music for 37 years, having started his career playing lead accordion with Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Scottish Dance Band at the age of 16.  He continued with Kenny until forming his eponymously named Scottish Dance Band in 1984 when he auditioned and made his debut on BBC Radio Scotland's "Take the Floor" programme in an outside broadcast from The Gantock Hotel, Gourock.  From then on, Ian has broadcast many times for "Take the Floor".
As well as performing on "Take the Floor" with his band, Ian was delighted to be asked to present the 2014 Summer Series of 6 programmes.   He was also joined in the studio and via phone links by renowned purveyors of traditional music from all over the country.  Ian was again a guest presenter for the 2015 summer season.
September 2016 marks Ian's 20th year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), where he is senior accordion tutor and also the dance music coordinator. Ian played at several evenst in Canada in 2016, the Edmonton Caledonian Branch Weekend in February and TAC TCW and Summer School in July-August.

For biographies of all the musicians playing for the TCW social evening events on Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July see Musicians 2017

Registration opens online 15 February 2017