Okay, so I touched on this in a previous post but I feel it has been such a significant event that it deserves a post dedicated entirely to it…
One of the biggest events I partook in this month was a Scottish Country Dancing festival in Newcastle. Every year people come from all over to compete in this festival and this year was the first year I have attended which was both nerve-wracking and exciting.
The team and I had been rehearsing for weeks for this competition and we were trying to perfect them as much as we could. I was in the Glasgow University Ladies team in which we danced a reel and a strathspey. I also took part in the Glasgow Youth Display later on in the day which was a lot of fun. Links are below, PS I love the music we danced to, especially for the reel!
The fun started on the bus down to Newcastle although I did get a little travel sick *boo*. We played loads of games and had such a laugh. One of the boys from the Alba men’s team drove the bus which was super nice of him and we were all really thankful for that.
I couldn’t remember the last time I got up at 6am before this weekend but the main event was on Saturday so an early start was essential. We got dressed and made our way to the venue, which was a very fancy school – absolutely massive compared to what I remember mine being. Our dances were in the morning and late afternoon so we had plenty of down time to rest in between. It was great watching the other teams dance and all of the Glasgow teams were fantastic! After the competition was the dance at night, I wasn’t sure of about half of the dances (and admittedly, I got mixed up a lot in the ones I didn’t know) but it was really fun and my partners always helped me. After the dance was the after party, which was nice as we all got to sit and chat and were so happy that we had gotten through the day pretty well.
The main thing I took from the weekend was that I have actually improved technically although I still have TONS to work on. Newcastle forced everyone to form bonds and really, dancing friends are the best friends. I always have a great time when I hang out with the GUS team and I am sooooo happy that this time last year I pushed myself from my comfort zone and forced myself to do new things, one of those things being Scottish Country Dance.
I hope I have the opportunity to take part again next year. You guys are the best.
Some photos courtesy of a lovely SCD friend who was at the festival.