2020 Workshop

    “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!

Tentative Schedule

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.

For questions contact  Bruce McEwan, telephone 808-538-7707, email Bruce, or Melissa Lindsay, telephone 808-256-3347, email Melissa.

Social Dances

Friday, February 14, 2020 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mrs. Stewart’s Jig   J32
Duke of Perth R32
The Sauchie Haugh S 32
Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan   R32

A Capital Jig     J32
Cherrybank Gardens   S32
Roselath Cross   J32
The Music Makars R32

Shiftin’ Bobbins   R32
Rory o’More J32
Miss Gibson’s Strathspey   S32
Trip to Timber Ridge R32

Saturday, February 15, 2020

It’s All Right   J32
Flowers of Edinburgh   R32
Fair Donald
The Reel of the Royal Scots   R32

Major Ian Stewart     J32
J.B. Milne   R32
The Braes of Tulliemet S32
The Montgomeries’s Rant

Follow Me Home J32
City of Belfast   S32
Best Set in the Ha
ll   J32
Polharrow Burn   R32

Pelorus Jack     J32
Domino Five   R32
Triple Happiness   S32
The Deil Amang the Tailors   R32