“Aloha nui loa” from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch!
Announcing our next Aloha Winter instructional Weekend February 17-19, 2017. 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 Instructors for this weekend will be David Newitt, Bruce Herbold and Patti Cobb, also members of the band.
David Newitt began dancing in college in 1976, he was soon enticed into the local Scottish Country Dance group (Delaware Valley Branch, RSCDS). He moved to Berkeley in 1982 to work on a Ph.D. in physics and to do country and display dancing, and has been dancing and teaching in the Bay Area ever since. He earned his RSCDS teacher certificate in 1988, and has taught at Scottish Camp Mendocino, and at workshops in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and on the east coast.
Bruce Herbold began dancing in Berkeley in 1976 and started teaching in 1983. “I love the social, physical and teamwork aspects of Scottish Country Dance and try to emphasize them in my teaching. The music never ceases to inspire me to move, and the community of dancers is an anchor for whatever sanity I have. I am born and bred in California, but the Hawaii dancers make me feel like I’m coming home each February.”
At the request of the organizers, the instructors will be delving into dances that are popular around the world and exploring some of the depths of fun to be found in them.
Patti Cobb began Scottish Country Dancing in 1978 in Berkeley, CA, and started playing piano for SCD in 2001. A desire to be able to read SCD teachers’ minds and be a better band leader led her to get her RSCDS certification in 2007. As a dance teacher, she strives to find a way for dancers with diverse learning styles to really “get it”, as well as to raise awareness of the wonderful connection between the dance and the music.
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 and 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 country dance and Ceilidhs, weddings and other parties. They’ve played for the Hawaii branch’s Aloha Winter Weekend workshops since 2007, and honor us to return to play and teach in 2017. They love snorkeling, hiking, doing puzzles…and they’re a heck of a lot of fun to dance to! The Humus often play with a fifth member or with a special guest. This year they will be joined by a fantastic young fiddler, James MacQueen.
Known for his infectious, toe-tapping tunes and brilliant sound, James MacQueen is a fiddler who enjoys playing for dances as well as concerts. Growing up in the Scottish fiddle tradition, he has since branched out into the English and Contra dance styles. Well-versed in the traditional reels, jigs, and strathspeys of Scotland, he also composes his own tunes.
“The music and the dance of these traditions are inseparable. If you don’t understand the dancing, you won’t be able to play the music. The tunes take the dancers up off their feet, drive them forward, or ease them along. When you see how they move, you know how to shape the music.”
James earned a masters in violin performance from University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Composition from University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. He is an active performer, composer, and teacher of classical music and shares the joy of music through a vibrant studio of violin students at his current residence in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Friday February 17, 5:00 – 8:30 pm: a social dance at Paradise Park in Honolulu.
Saturday February 18:
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 and 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 19:
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 and Class 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
Ceilidh 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Presidents Hall, Boy Scouts of America on 42 Puiwa Rd, 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.
Contact Melissa Lindsay if you are interested in attending.