"Aloha nui loa" from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch!
We just had our instructional weekend February 13th-15th, 2015. The fun began 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 was provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and Strathspey Society Band. Our Guest Instructor for this weekend was Linda Henderson, and everyone who participated benefitted from her excellent teaching.
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.
Friday February 13: a social dance at the Still & Moving Center in Honolulu
Saturday February 14,
Classes at the Ala Wai Golf Course Multi-Function Facility (Palladium): 404 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu.
Dinner and Semi-formal Dance, also at the Palladium
Sunday, February 15,
Class at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
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.
Check back here for information about the 2016 Aloha Winter Weekend, to be held February 12-14, 2016.
2015 DANCE PROGRAMS
Friday Evening Dances
Saturday Evening Dances
The Wild Geese
The Kingussie Flower
Bees of Maggieknockater
The Duke of Atholl's Reel
The Birks of Invermay
The Lochalsh Reel
Adieu Mon Ami
The Irish Rover
The White Cockade
Anna Holden's Strathspey
Reel of the Royal Scots
The Saturday evening program will also include two dances taught during the Saturday class.