CELEBRATE DANCE SCOTTISH!
To celebrate the centenary of the RSCDS, The RSCDS Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Rangitikei Regions have combined to host a Tri-Region Ball in Palmerston North.
5.30pm, Saturday 4 November 2023
College Street School Hall, Palmerston North Click here for a map to the venue
Music by Balmoral Band – Anne-Marie Forsyth (Auckland), Sharlene Penman (Christchurch), Iain McKenzie (Queensland)
Online registration available soon
Early bird registration by Tuesday 1 August
Final registration deadline Sunday 15 October
RSCDS $35 (early bird $30)
Adult $40 (early bird $35)
Juniors/Spectators $20 (No early bird rate)
As well as celebrating the centenary of the RSCDS, the Ball is celebrating the role of the ‘fertile crescent’ from Hawke’s Bay to Whanganui through to Wellington.
In many ways, these three regions were the birthplace of Scottish Country Dancing in New Zealand. For instance, the first three New Zealand Summer Schools were held in these three regions.
The Lower North Island RSCDS Centenary Ball will:
- Feature an international band (The Balmoral Band)
- Begin at 5.30pm so people have time to commute to the Ball and return to Wellington/Hawke’s Bay/Whanganui if they wish
- Have a piped Grand March
- Have a celebratory catered supper
- Have a programme which features dances from Kiwi devisers, and well-known Society dances
Download the Lower North Island Centenary Ball Programme
Notes on the selected dances
Download some preliminary notes on the selected dances compiled by Rod Downey and Iain Boyd. They will be expanded upon as the year progresses, after consultation with people who are even more aware of the history of Scottish Country Dancing in New Zealand.
Instructions for dances that are not well-known
Download the instructions for these dances on the programme:
A Gift From Heaven (Norman Whitson)
Mildred Clancey’s Strathspey (Jennie Miller)
Foreword to The Morison’s Bush Collection
Download a copy of the Foreword to The Morison’s Bush Collection. This gives a ‘potted history’ of the Wellington/Hawke’s Bay Association and of organised Scottish Country Dancing in New Zealand from 1953-1978.
Bruce Fordyce (Back row, fourth from the left) devised the dance Seton’s Ceilidh Band which is on the Ball programme to commemorate Jack Seton (Front row, centre), who was the original President of the Wellington/Hawke’s Bay Association.