The Calm Before The Storm

It’s been a relatively quiet week here this week with no Lepra Health dance workout sessions to go to, so this precious time in the studios has been concentrated on preparations for upcoming projects. I’ve been preparing for the tutors ‘Keep it Reel’ training which is taking place the week after next and I’ve been starting to build up my choreography for the dance for Blaze. I’ve also helped with general tasks like keeping the registers up to date and correct, and revamping the website.

I think I’ve finally started to get my head round these Scottish Country Dances for the ‘Keep it Reel’ project. This is just in time so that I can pass on what I’ve learnt to the other tutors who will also be teaching the dances in schools. The dances that we’ll be passing on to the schools are a few reels in the form of The Mayflower, The Clutha and The Virginia Reel, alongside a jig called The Flying Scotsman. This week I needed to find music to accompany these dances and finalise the notes I would be passing onto the tutors. The next step will be attempting to formulate a plan to teach them, so I will be getting some teacher training from Susan which will hopefully give me the confidence I need!

It’s been a while since I’ve had to choreograph a dance by myself, so I was hoping I wouldn’t run into the dreaded creative block. However, with the theme in mind and once I started to think about the formations and kinds of movements I wanted the ideas started to come thankfully. Finding music to accompany my choreography was a bit of a challenge as I was hoping to find something that would fit my movements and the theme well. I am pleased as I now have two tracks which I will merge and I’m excited to see if it all works together!

Although I’ve graduated from University, I’m now in my 5th year as a member of Glasgow Student Dance Company (GSDC). It’s such a great society it’s not uncommon for members to stay on even after graduation – and it’s where I disappear off every Tuesday evening to rehearse for the annual show. This year is extra special as it’s GSDC’s 10 year anniversary. The Company has grown from a small group of people to what is now a strong set of over 120. The show, held at Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre, features a mix of a wide range of dance styles and music that we’re continually proud of. This year’s performances will showcase dance styles from Ballet to Bollywood, Hip hop to Highland, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, African and the list goes on! Performances are at The Mitchell Theatre on Friday 21st February at 7.30pm, and Saturday the 22nd February at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. If you are interested in attending, tickets are available for a reasonable £8 or £5 concession HERE.

Each year GSDC chooses a good cause to raise money for at the show via a raffle. This year we are proud to say we will be collecting money for Cancer Support Scotland through a raffle and bucket collection. Cancer Support Scotland is a small charity based in the Gartnavel complex which focuses on helping anyone affected by cancer, including family and friends. They help by offering complementary services to provide emotional and practical support, such as talking and massage therapies. You can find out more about this great charity at www.cancersupportscotland.org.

That’s all for now until things start to get even more hectic over the next couple of weeks with ‘Keep it Reel’ and further rehearsals before GSDC’s show!

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