Aloha Winter Weekend 2014 takes place on Presidents' Day weekend, February 14, 15 & 16. Stay tuned for more information. The weekend will generally follow the same schedule as our recent weekend.
Aloha Winter Workshop 2013
February 15-16-17 Honolulu, Hawaii
Read a review of the weekend written by participant Marney Wilson, visiting from Newcastle, Australia.
"Aloha nui loa" from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch! We are pleased to announce our HAWAIIAN WEEKEND OF SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING. We invite you to join us in Honolulu for an event-filled weekend of dance lessons and social dancing, including a ceilidh and LIVE MUSIC. Our theme this year is "Slippers," so slip on over to these beautiful islands!
The fun begins on Friday evening, February 15th, 2013, with a social dance. The weekend also includes dance classes on Saturday and Sunday, a dinner and dance on Saturday evening, and a "hang-loose" ceilidh Sunday evening. There will be live music for most events at the Aloha Winter Weekend.
Guest Instructor: Bruce Herbold and David Newitt are our main instructors, and Patti Cobb will also teach a portion of a class.
Bruce Herbold began dancing in 1976 and started teaching in 1983 in Sacramento. He teaches classes in San Francisco and Berkeley, and has taught at Asilomar Weekends and various workshops in Canada. He likes to emphasize social interaction on the dance floor and building awareness of how all the dancers contribute to an exceptional dancing experience.
David Newitt also began dancing in 1976 by learning a variety of international folk dances and was introduced to SCD at the Delaware Valley Branch RSCDS. He started teaching dancing in college and continued doing so in Colorado and Northern California. He received his RSCDS teacher certification in 1988. He has taught at Scottish Camp Mendocino and various workshops in California, Oregon, and on the East Coast.
Patti Cobb began dancing in 1977 while working on a music degree from UC Berkeley. An accomplished singer in classical and popular music, she has plied her piano skills in Scottish Dance bands for over a decade. She completed her teaching certificate in 2007, with an eye to adding depth to her playing and arranging for SCD.
The Band: The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and Strathspey Society Band: Bruce, Patti & David were at a Scottish Dance Week on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, when they started to play together. Finding like-minded fiddler Heather 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 the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Aloha Weekend Workshops in Honolulu, and are a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!
The band will be joined by fiddler Shira Kammen, an inventive and passionate player and teacher for English and Contra Dance workshops and balls, Shira's recent forays into Scottish Dance music have been enthusiastically received. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shira has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue and Klamath Rivers.
Venues: Classes on Saturday and Sunday will be held in the beautiful, spacious Palladium Ballroom of the Ala Wai Golf Clubhouse, about 1/2 mile from the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Our Friday night social will be at the Church of the Nativity in Aina Haina. Watch this website for the locale of the Saturday night ball and Sunday night Ceilidh.
Friday February 15, 5:00 - 8:30 pm: “ Pupus” (light supper) & Social dance at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu. Transportation will be provided from the Queen Kapiolani Hotel.
Saturday February 16, 9:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Classes at the Ala Wai Golf Course Multi-Function Facility (Palladium): 404 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu. Breakfast will be served at 8:30, and lunch served at noon.
5:00 pm: Dinner at a nearby restaurant, then return to the Ala Wai Palladium for dancing until 10:00 pm.
Sunday, February 17, 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Class at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
5:30 - 9:00 pm: Ceilidh at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square Honolulu. Transportation will be provided from the Queen Kapiolani Hotel.
Fees: The price for the complete event is US$ 150 for RSCDS members, and US$ 170 for non-members. This fee includes a light supper at the Friday night social dance, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, the Saturday evening dinner, Sunday breakfast, and dinner at the Sunday evening ceilidh. You or your non-dancing guest may also attend select events for prorated prices (see the registration form).
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. For questions contact Bruce McEwan, telephone 808-538-7707, or Melissa Lindsay, telephone 808-256-3347.
To register, click on the registration link in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Registration deadline is January 15th.
Friday Evening Dances
It’s Nae Bother (J)
The Highland Lass (R)
MacDonald of the Isles (S)
Mrs. Stewart’s Jig (J)
De’il Among the Tailors (R)
Cherrybank Gardens (S)
Follow Me Home (J)
Red House (R)
Teacher’s Choice Strathspey
White Heather Jig (J)
Da Rain Dancin’ (R)
Silver Tassie (S)
Kendall’s Hornpipe (J)
Miss Milligan’s Strathspey (S)
Teacher’s Choice Jig
Polharrow Burn (R)