“Aloha nui loa” from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch!
Our next Aloha winter Weekend will take place February 18-20, 2022. 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 Jeanne Moody from San Diego, CA. Jeanne says:
“I started Scottish Country Dancing at Bryn Mawr College in the Delaware Valley Branch, PA, then continued dancing in Portland, OR, and now San Diego, CA. It’s been my pleasure to teach a dedicated beginner’s class since receiving my teaching certification in 2012, and my deepest satisfaction comes from the core group who return every season to welcome new dancers. I’ve been fortunate to teach at the Asilomar weekend, Truckee, and New Mexico. The pandemic gave me the opportunity to expand to online instruction where I welcomed a weekly class of dancers from all over California. My living room floor has never been so consistently swept. I had the great honor of teaching a DSAH class but am very happy to return to dancing in person.
When not dancing I work as a medicinal chemist in drug discovery. It’s a challenging and rewarding pursuit.
I absolutely love sharing the joy of this dance form. It is my hope to always make dancing approachable and elegant – ‘to make the music visible.’ May our capacity to celebrate our music, our dancing, and the rich and varied community of SCD always grow!”
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. The quartet returns to play in 2022. They love snorkeling, hiking, doing puzzles…and they’re a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!
Tentative Location: We are in the process of reserving venues for the various events. Some events will be held at Paradise Park in Manoa Valley, where we hold our weekly class. Please check back here for further information.
We recommend the Queen Kapiolani Hotel or or a hotel nearby as a central location for car-pooling. However, by booking through the internet, you may find excellent rates elsewhere. You might also look for a B&B in the Manoa Valley or Diamond Head areas.