"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 14th, 2014, 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.
Weekend instructor Jack Raines is an energetic, versatile and masterful teacher. He is a fully certified RSCDS instructor, and has been dancing for almost 40 years, since his introduction to the dance form at the Atlanta Branch in 1974. He has the honor of having been taught by Dr. Jean Milligan (the co-founder of RSCDS) and received his Preliminary Pass during her North American examination tour in 1977. He then taught in Atlanta, Florida, Japan, Hawaii, San Francisco and Texas. For Jack, the key word is "dancing" - experiencing the joy and excitement of expression and of being part of the music, the set and the whole group who are dancing together. Jack's love of Scottish Dancing is evident in every class he teaches. Jack also teaches Country and Western dancing (Western polka, two-step, East-Coast Swing, and popular Line Dancing), and more recently, German/Austrian polkas, waltzes, fox-trots and Landlers. In his regular SCD classes, he also teaches Ceilidh dances, which are popular with his students.
The 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 our Aloha Weekend Workshops in Honolulu every year since 2007, and are a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!
Tentative Schedule (based on AWW 2013 events):
Friday February 14, 5:00 - 8:30 pm: “ Pupus” (light supper) & Social dance. Located at the Manoa School of Art & Music, 2754 Woodlawn Drive, Unit 7-103 (Manoa Market Place). A bus will meet you at the Lobby of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel at 4:30 pm.
Saturday February 15, 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 and Semi-formal Dance. Location for dinner to be announced. The dance will be at the Ala Wai Palladium.
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.
Tentative Fee Schedule: (based on 2013 AWW) The price for the complete event is US$ 160 for RSCDS members, and US$ 180 for non-members. This fee includes a light supper 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, 2014.
Friday Evening Dances
Joie de Vivre
Miss Milligan’s Strathspey
Black Mountain Reel
It’s Nae Bother
Follow Me Home
MacDonald of the Isles
The Lea Rig
De’il Amang the Tailors
Saturday Evening Dances
Mrs. Stewart’s Jig
Laird of Milton’s Daughter
Miss Gibson’s Strathspey
The White Heather Jig
Reel of the 51st Division
The evening's program will also include two dances taught during the Saturday class.