"Aloha nui loa" from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch! We just held our 36th HAWAIIAN WEEKEND OF SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING. Check back here to learn about our next Aloha Winter Weekend, taking place February 13, 14 & 15, 2015. Meanwhile, read about our event-filled weekend of dance lessons and social dancing, including a ceilidh and LIVE MUSIC.
The fun begins on Friday evening, February 13th, 2015, 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 classes and the two social dances, provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and Strathspey Society Band. We are pleased that Linda Henderson will be our Guest Instructor for this weekend.
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!
The band will be joined by guest accordianist David Mostardi. David, a San Francisco Bay Area native, started folkdancing in high school. In college at UC Berkeley he spent many long evenings at Balkan and Israeli dance parties. He joined the Westwind International Folk Ensemble in 1981, and later was the accordionist for the Savina Women's Folk Choir. It was in the midst of all this that he met his future wife Arlene Baxter at Scandinavian dancing. Arlene, a certificated SCD teacher, wasted no time in introducing David to SCD, where their first dance together was "Silver Tassie". David has been the accordionist for Fiddlesticks & Ivory since 1989, and continues to play for Scottish and Engish classes in Berkeley.
Tentative Schedule (based on AWW 2014 events):
Friday February 13,
5:00 - 8:30 pm: “ Pupus” (light supper) & Social dance.
Saturday February 14,
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. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30, and lunch served at noon.
5:00 pm: Dinner and Semi-formal Dance. Location to be announced.
Sunday, February 15,
9:30 am - 11:30 am: Class at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
5:30 - 9:00 pm: Ceilidh
Tentative Fee Schedule: (based on 2014 AWW) The price for the complete event is US$160 for RSCDS members, and US$180 for non-members. This fee includes a finger-food buffet at the Friday night social dance, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Saturday evening dinner, Sunday light breakfast, and dinner at the Sunday evening ceilidh. You or your non-dancing guest may also attend select events for prorated prices (these will be on 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. 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, or Melissa Lindsay, telephone 808-256-3347.
Registration deadline is January 15th, 2015. Certain of the events are limited in the number of attendees, so please register early.
Friday Evening Dances
The Machine without Horses
Flowers of Edinburgh
Mrs. Stewart's Jig
None So Pretty
A Capital Jig
The Falkirk Lass
Saturday Evening Dances
The Duke of Atholl's Reel
The White Cockade
Adieu Mon Ami
The Irish Roer
The Birks of Invermay
The Bees of Maggieknockater
The Wild Geese
Anna Holden's Strathspey
The Lochalsh Reel
Reel of the Royal Scots
The Saturday evening program will also include two dances taught during the Saturday class.