Topic: Hamilton Scottish Country Dance Society

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People enjoy Scottish country dancing for many reasons, including lively toe-tapping music, fitness, friendship, and maintaining a link with Scotland and her traditions and history.

The lilting swinging music of Jimmy Shand's orchestra was the inspiration behind the formation of the Scottish Country Dance Society of Hamilton. When Mrs Peg McAuslan and her husband Archie heard some of the records brought out to New Zealand by a friend, they felt they would love to dance to such music. Friends were approached with a view to forming a club and eventually 15 enthusiastic people became foundation members in the late 1940s. With dancers keen to dance each week and the activity gaining in popularity, it became necessary to form a properly constituted society and this was done on  the 24th of April 1951.

Scottish country dancing is a social form of dancing danced in 'sets' usually with four 'couples' unlike Highland dancing which is usually solo dancing. Scottish dress is not required to attend clubs, dances or balls and you don't need a partner to join a dance club. 

Hamilton Scottish Country Dance Club meets weekly. New members are always welcome.

Where: YWCA Hall, Cnr Pembroke and Clarence Streets, Hamilton

When: Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Beginners & children 7.00-8.15pm. Experienced dancers continue to 9.30pm

Club night: The 2017 year commences on Wednesday the 1st of March.

No experience needed
No partner required
Children welcome

Cost: $2.50 adult/50c child per night

Tutor - Pam Godfrey  Phone 854 4081
President - Grietje Badham  Phone 856 2361
Secretary - Rosemary Nicholson  Phone 839 3849

For more information contact Grietje 856 2361 or Pam 854 4081

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Hamilton Scottish Country Dance Society

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