“Aloha nui loa” from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch!
Our next Aloha winter Weekend will take place February 14-16, 2020. Stay tuned for details.
The fun begins 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 is provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and Strathspey Society Band. Our Guest Instructor for this weekend will be Rachel Pusey from the San Francisco Bay area.
Guest Instructor Rachel Pusey:
Rachel’s entry into dancing was through social barn dances in her teens. At university she leveled up to English country dancing, and reluctantly crossed the border into Scottish when she couldn’t find an ECD group back home in Oxford. It turned out well, though, and she spent several fun years dancing with a student group there. After relocating to St Louis she was able to dance English and Scottish in parallel, but not nearly often enough, and so fell into teaching and found that she rather enjoyed it. A move to Seattle provided the opportunity for RSCDS teacher training and several years running a class in the University district. Rachel moved south with her husband, Dilip, in 2015 and now lives in Sunnyvale, CA. Their diary is full of Scottish and English dancing, even contra … if they can find a free night.
The Band: David Newitt (concertina), Patti Cobb (piano) & Bruce Herbold (percussion & clarinet) started jamming at a Scottish Dance Week on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and adding like-minded Heather MacKay (fiddle) to the mix, “The Humus” adopted the state fish of Hawaii as their mascot and became a band. “As far as we know, we are the world’s best Hawaiian-themed Scottish music band!” Enhancing their musical adventures, all four are avid dancers, and Bruce, David & Patti are all certificated RSCDS teachers. They have played for the Hawaii branch’s Aloha Winter Weekend workshops since 2007, often with a featured guest artist (when the Humus also assume teaching duties), or as a quartet (when the workshop teacher is not a band member). The quartet returns to play in 2020. They love snorkeling, hiking, doing puzzles…and they’re a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!
Friday February 14, 5:00 – 8:30 pm: Welcome Social Dance
Saturday February 15:
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 and Classes 9:00 am – noon, and 1:00 – 2:00 pm,
Dinner (5:00 pm) and Semi-formal Dance (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
Sunday, February 16:
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 and Class 9:30 – 11:30 am
Ceilidh 5:30 – 9:00 pm
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.