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

 July 28 - 30, 2023 at

King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

The teacher for the weekend classes will be Ron Wallace, Santa Rosa, California  
and the musician will be Ian Muir from Prestwick, Scotland
 

Teacher - Ron Wallace

Musician - Ian Muir

   

Some of my earliest memories include watching my parents performing Scottish dance at a Burns Night celebration in Mapleton, Minnesota, where my mother grew up. Her uncle started the organization, and twelve of my relatives were involved over the years. Many of the Scots who settled in this area arrived before the SCDS was formed. Their dance style hadn’t evolved with the times as it did in Scotland. For example, dance pumps as we know them today were worn for performance, but not social dancing.

This was a very fertile ground to “grow up with it” and produced dreams of teaching it. When my parents bought a restaurant, and my mother couldn’t continue teaching, I had the opportunity to take over. So, at a very early age, that’s exactly what I did. 54 years later, I reflect on how little I knew then and how little I know now! The more I learn, the more I want to know.

In 1981, teaching Scottish dance and music became a full-time endeavour with classes in highland, step dance, Cape Breton step, country dance, and piping. Teaching these forms has taken me around the world and provided many an adventure. What better life than to share traditions, old and new, with all who love to dance!

 

Ian Muir has been playing for Scottish dancing in all its forms for the past 40 years.  Scottish Country Dancing, Ceilidh, and Old-Time dancing have been the mainstay of his long music career.  As well as playing for dancing, he has performed solo in Scottish Variety theatres throughout the country and has toured extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  He formed his own Scottish dance band in 1984 and has been a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme as a bandleader He was the programme’s presenter for two summer seasons.

He combines playing duties with his tutorial role as Principal Accordion Tutor in the Scottish Music Department at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a post he has held for 23 years.

Since 2012 Ian has been on staff at four TAC Summer School events in Portland, Oregon, Bishops’ University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, UBC in Vancouver, and last year in Calgary, Edmonton.  He played at the Vancouver Branch’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, the San Francisco Branch’s Asilomar weekend in California in 2013 and 2022, and the Edmonton, Alberta weekend school.

Recent studio recordings include RSCDS Book 51, a commission by Bill Little for part of his Carlingwork Collection, and a recent collaboration with Judi Nicolson, Kathy Fraser-Collins, and Fred Collins in the album “Fire Away!”

 
 

65 Dances Celebrating TAC’s 65th Anniversary in 2023

TAC is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2023. It seems appropriate to share a selection of dances to highlight the creativity of the many dancers, teachers, musicians, and devisors whose talents have supported and celebrated our organization.

These 65 dances are a small selection of the many possible choices, but we hope they will provide teachers and organizers with ideas for classes and dance programmes. A few of the dances are traditional Scottish Country dance favourites, but most were chosen to highlight people who have contributed so much to our dancing pleasure over the years.

It’s impossible to include every dance devised by our members or teachers from around the world who have attended and taught at the Teachers’ Conference Weekend and Summer School. Still, we hope this selection will encourage you to revisit some old favourites or look further to find other dances by these devisors.

We look forward to many celebrations next year: TAC’s founding 65 years ago, the 50th Summer School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and, of course, the Centenary of the RSCDS. We hope this list will be another way for us to celebrate together.

You can use these links to download an Excel spreadsheet with lists of the dances alphabetically, by tempo, and by devisor. The sources for the dances are also noted, and all of the dances can be found on the SCD DanceDatabase, though not all have videos. In addition, there is a PDF version.

TAC - 65 Dances for 65 Years- spreadsheet

TAC - 65 Dances for 65 Years- PDF

Enjoy!

Please consider supporting one of our initiatives:

 

Donate to Scottish Country Dancers Teachers' Association (Canada)

 

Donate to the Bob Blackie Fund

 

Donate to the Jubilee Fund

 

Donate to the Bobby Brown Fund

                    

  Summer School 2023 Evening Dance Programmes

 

 

July 30 - August 6 2023
King's College and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

To access the videos/cribs/diagrams on the Scottish Country DanceDatabase please use the following links:

Sunday Welcome Dance: https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/37815/

Monday Local Favourites: https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/37713/

Tuesday Live Streaming Dance with St. Andrews Summer School: 

https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/38379/

Wednesday evening we will enjoy Cape Breton Step Dancing with Colleen Putt

Thursday evening will be our Ceilidh - come prepared to share your hidden talents with your fellow dancers!

Friday Social Dance: https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/38008/

Saturday Evening Ball Programme: https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/38002/

 

To download a PDF of cribs and diagrams for individual events, use the links that appear with each day's programme

 

 Sunday: Summer School Welcome Dance   

Cribs     Diagrams

To download a single file with dance descriptions, cribs, and diagrams use this link

 Sunday's file

 

 

 Monday: Local Favourites

Cribs   Diagrams 

To download a single file with dance descriptions, cribs, and diagrams use this link

Monday's file


 Tuesday Dance with St. Andrews

Cribs   Diagrams

To download a single file with dance descriptions, cribs, and diagrams use this link

Tuesday's file

       

Friday Social Dance

Cribs   Diagrams

To download a single file with dance descriptions, cribs, and diagrams use this link

Friday's file

Saturday Ball

Cribs   Diagrams

To download a single file with dance descriptions, cribs, and diagrams use this link

Saturday's file

 

 

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