2016 Workshop

    “Aloha nui loa” from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch! 

   Announcing our next Aloha Winter  instructional Weekend February 12-14. The fun begins on Friday evening with a social dance, SCD dance classes on Saturday and Sunday, a dinner and dance on Saturday evening, and a “hang-loose” ceilidh Sunday evening. Live music for classes and the two social dances is provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and Strathspey Society Band.   Our Guest Instructor for this weekend will be Linda Henderson, who taught for us last year as well, so we are excited to have her return for 2016.

Linda Henderson: Linda comes from North Berwick, a small town east of Edinburgh.  Her introduction to Country Dancing was at school and she was also a competitive Highland Dancer.  She took her RSCDS Teaching Certificate at St. Andrews.  Before moving to the United States, Linda worked for the Scottish Tourist Board.
Linda teaches in the San Francisco Branch, and has taught workshops throughout the United States and Canada.  She views dancing as an evolving art form, and is passionate about the blending of the music and the dance.  It gives her great pleasure and much pride to share the traditions, music and fun of Scottish Country Dancing with dancers from far and wide.

The Band: Bruce Herbold, Patti Cobb & David Newitt were at a Scottish Dance Week on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, when they started to play together. Finding like-minded fiddler Heather MacKay was easy. Adopting the state fish of Hawaii as their mascot, the “Humus” were born. “As far as we know, we are the world’s best Hawaiian-themed Scottish music band.” They also play for Ceilidh dancing, English dance, Contra and even play acoustic folk-rock songs for weddings & parties. This band has honored the Hawaii Branch by playing at our Aloha Weekend Workshops in Honolulu every year since 2007, and are a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!


Friday February 12, 5:00 – 8:30 pm:  a social dance at Paradise Park in Honolulu.

Saturday February 13:
Classes 9:00 am – noon, and 1:00 – 2:00 pm, at the Ala Wai Golf Course Multi-Function Facility (Palladium): 404 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu.
Dinner (5:00 pm) and Semi-formal Dance (6:30 – 9:30 pm), also at the Palladium.

Sunday, February 15,
Class 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
Ceilidh 5:30 – 9:00 pm at the Treetops Restaurant at Paradise Park, Honolulu.

Accommodations: We recommend the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, located at the east end of Waikiki.  It has reasonable rates and is within walking distance of the weekend classes. However, booking through the internet you may find excellent rates elsewhere, but remember that if you are walking to classes the route is shortest at the east end of Waikiki near Kapahulu Ave.

For questions contact  Bruce McEwan, telephone 808-538-7707, email bmcewan@hawaiiantel.net, or Melissa Lindsay, telephone 808-256-3347, email mlindsay@hawaii.rr.com.




Friday Evening Dances

Saturday Evening Dances

The Saturday evening program will also include two dances taught during the Saturday class.