Events

We meet on Wednesdays at 7:45 pm until about 10pm at the Caldy Valley Centre, Caldy Valley Road, Chester CH3 5PR - that's by the Sainsbury's roundabout in Great Boughton.

Wednesday evening sessions are in two parts:

  • From 7:45pm to 8.50pm the session is led by Joan or Christine and we learn and practice the basic steps and learn new (to us) dances.  Each dance in this part of the evening has a full 'walk-through' so it's very good for beginners and improvers - and the more experienced will help the less experienced. Because of this, all dances in this session are graded with one star.  This is followed by a short comfort break and any announcements (of dances, etc).
  • Please note, no refreshments are provided and you are advised to bring water with you.
  • From 9pm 'til we run out of steam, we have an hour of social dancing; dances are recapped and walked through, if needed. This part of the evening is a bit more challenging, and not all dances may be suitable for beginners. We are now grading dances according to difficulty to help with this part of the evening. 

2017 - Autumn season runs from 6th September to 13th December

2018 - Spring season runs from 3rd January to 9th May (AGM 25th April 2018, at 7.45 pm, followed by dancing).  

We have special events as well: we have the following dances to enjoy this season:

  • Saturday 9 December 2017 is our 'open to all' Christmas Dance at St Columba's Church Hall, Newton, Chester CH2 1SA which we have combined with our President's Night. We will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the club. Dancing will be to the music of The Lothian Band. 
  • Saturday 3 February 2018 is our 'open to all' Burns' Night Supper and dance at St. Columba's Church Hall, Newton, Chester CH2 1SA dancing to George Meikle's excellent playing.  
  • Saturday 9 June 2018 is our 'open to all' Summer Dance at Guilden Sutton Village Hall when we will again dance to George Meikle's music. Hope you can join us.

 

To find out more call Christine on 01244 545550 or Marilyn on 01244 683677 (who will be able to sell you tickets).

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

25 October - First half

Alex Doig's Jig (J) *

The Golden Years (S) *

MacLeods Fancy (R) *

(DOM - 3rd week) *

Second half - Carolyn's choice

Raven's Dance (R) *

Monymusk (S) *

Catch the Wind (H) *

Plantation Reel (R) **

The Spiffin (J) *

Extra: Anniversary Reel (R)*  If time allows

Excerpts from Scottish Country Dancing Summer School 2017 (by Catherine Green)

“And don’t forget you’re here to learn dancing, not dances” said Director Jim Stott as he welcomed Sarah-Ann and I along with scores of other dancers to the opening reception in the packed common room of University Hall.  What followed was a magical week of dancing – morning, noon and night.  In the morning was your chosen class, located in various venues around St Andrews; for me, Intermediates and for Sarah-Ann, Teaching Skills.  In the afternoon, you could usually choose to go to a walk-through of some of the dances for that night’s social dance or to a hIghland or ladies step class or for a personal critique.   Towards the end of the week, the would-be teachers sought volunteers for their practice classes and the trainee class musicians, dancers for their sessions.  We danced in the Younger Hall (the University’s graduation and concert hall) on three evenings, its famous sprung floor noticeably moving up and down under the hundreds of feet setting in time to the world-class live bands.  My favourite was the Luke Brady Band with its low roaring drums and exciting, twisting and turning chords and crescendos. 
As well as all this there was a garden party, a gin tasting, a walking tour of St Andrews and the summer school shops to keep you occupied and if you still wanted more merriment, I understand there were very late-night get-togethers in the party room, but I never made it.  One evening there was ceilidh dancing as well as social dancing and on Friday night there was a traditional ceilidh with beautiful music, dancing, story-telling, poetry and singing from some of the multi-talented people amongst us. 

As for the dancing, there was a lot of emphasis on ‘how’ as well as ‘what’.  My class of about 32 came from as far afield as Japan, Canada, USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, Guernsey, London, Oxford, Anstruther and Inverness.  Our teacher for the first half of the week was Andrew Nolan, a young banker from Edinburgh – his clear analytical approach, practical patience and gentle humour made him an ideal teacher.  The class ranged from relative beginners to good intermediates and we had a lot of fun as we learnt the Pousette, the Diamond Poussette, the Rondel, the Spoke, the Tournée and the Tourbillon (although this was with Amy at a walk-through and its likely that a mention of the word will instil a feeling of deep horror in me for the rest of my life).  We also learnt the 3 ways of passing; the village pump method, the milking celestial cows method and the correct method (hands naturally rising to meet at shoulder height, eyes connecting, hands gently releasing) as well as curving into place, pushing forward on the back foot, pointing the toes and placing the feet 

If you’ve never been to summer school, I can’t recommend it highly enough – get there to get your gold star!  If you’ve been before, go again to experience the more relaxed atmosphere which I’m told has been introduced in recent years.  Has the immersion theory succeeded for me?  I can’t wait to get back to the Chester Caledonian Society in September to find out and even if it’s not, I can’t wait to get back to St Andrews next year to try again.  And hopefully I’ll get to fit in a game of putting!"