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Sunday, January 22nd 2017

11:06 AM

Smaller Venues at Inventives

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Some comments about the size of floor at Dunston and the recent NCDTA Inventive.

Fine about the comments on the size of venues, but also notice that it's all part of the general decline in MSD numbers - - if you want to pay £30 a ticket OR MORE for a day's Inventive comp, then that's OK! - - to hire a bigger hall

The ADA at Southport for example is to be in the smaller venue at the Prince of Wales hotel which is lovely, but definitely smaller than the Floral Halls - - lack of numbers in MSD to blame?

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Saturday, January 14th 2017

5:09 PM

ThreeNew Ones out tomorrow

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so the year starts again - - and where do we go from here with attendances falling in Modern Sequence, but increasing in many Social Sequence Clubs?

Is there any way to keep numbers up and folks coming into MSD? - - 'twould be good if there was.

Come Damce with Us - - you can enter your Dance Event or MSD or SSD club on the Dance Events page. Enter it yourself, take the "Dance Event" link from the sidebar on any main page of the site.

Take Care, Keep on Dancing!

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Tuesday, January 10th 2017

12:22 PM

Here we are again - -

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- - back able to see well enough again to keep up the Blog and the rest of the website! My first lot of eye surgery has gone well, and we have started back after the New Year with our Friday Club Tea dances at Carrickvale - - see entry under the Events pages.

Driving fully again soon hopefully!  Danced newest Rumba Monday (GoldenRain) and waiting for new dances this weekend.

Remember, you can all use the Events pages to enter your dances free of charge, just take the link alongside the main website pages and DIY, appears  without waiting up to a year.

Keep on Dancing!

 

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Thursday, October 13th 2016

2:43 PM

TOR - - the scourge of the Internet

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I'm supposed to be here in Spain on vacation, sun is glorious, warm, looking forward to a nice meal out tonight - - but!

I'm busy fielding SPAM of porn, meds, money scams - - you name it flowing into our wee forum from behind a"freedom of speech" barriere provided by the iniquitous TOR PROJECT. Today's crop of 137 spamscams included over 110 hidden behind TOR relays, the other 27 came from RU sources.

But the TOR developers say that I should be altruistic enough to accept the 110 piles of BS and crap to help those who are presently oppressed and unable to use the internet because of regimeious governments. They accept no responsibilitry for the tide of spam and filthe coming from their servers/relays!

I'm not sure I can, I've NEVER, repeat NEVER had a mail from a TOR relay that isn't crap I need to field!
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Sunday, August 7th 2016

5:33 PM

Today's Dances

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An Old Time Waltz, a Samba, and a Tango!

Underwhelmed am I - - and I suspect most will only really teach the Tango

--- and SD dies a wee bit more ?

 

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Sunday, June 12th 2016

4:33 PM

The Hamster Wheel

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another three new danes out next Sunday ?  Myself and Mrs Mel will be at Dunbane for the Inventive afternoon, and then the teaching!

Maybe a nice Blues would be good - - a\ny other requests?

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Tuesday, June 7th 2016

1:55 AM

Your Dance Event

You can enter any dance related events on our  "Dancing Events Page" just by taking the link alongside  any of our main pages - - Right Hand sidebar - - and enter your event following the instructions there.

I decided this was important enough to add a DIRECT LINK from this page here - - under "Links" to save you time and maybe encourage you to use it!

This self entry page lets you say how long you want your "ad" to appear, so0 you can use it for both one-off and regular events. No charge for this service, and maybe it wil help folks who are searching for venues and dances to attend.

 

The other thought is to publicise each other's dances - - just annuonce other dances in your area !  What? send foks elsewhere? Well. if it's not the same night as you, what have you got to lose? You'll be helping to keep SD alive in your area, and the karma will coe back to you !!

Better even, get together and agree with each other to announce the dance nights or afternoons in yur area!

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Sunday, May 22nd 2016

1:21 PM

MSD and SSD

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Too many dances, too often, not enough time to learn them all! That seems to be the war-cry at present ! Meanwhie MSD numbers are declining whilst SSD attendances are climbing! As folks get older are they voting with ageing brain cells and aching feet!

Answers anyone ?

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Thursday, May 19th 2016

12:25 PM

Just a wee reminder

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Every Friday at 1.45 p.m. till 3.45 p.m. A full programme of Social, Easy and Popular Sequence Dance each week!

Why not join us? We even pop in a Ballroom Dance or a Line Dance now and then, with an occasional Old Tyme Dance as well!

There's an onsite Cafe and good parking!

Carrickvale Centre, Saughton Mains Street, EDINBURGH

Mel and Ella UKA & NDTA
07815 736043 for details

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Sunday, April 10th 2016

10:42 AM

Warming up and cooling down

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Watching young competitors recently, they have a warm up and cool down regime to help them on their way! We've been kind of following the same pattern at our Dances - -

We start with a Saunter, nice and slow, then a medium paced dance, and then perhaps a Quickstep , and repeat the pattern as far as possibe, to end with a medium paced dance, finally ending with a nice slow Waltz.

My reasoning is that we tend to cater for an older age group in SD, and especially in the cooler months, coming in from the outside to immediately start using muscles hard and fast is not a good idea?

And slowing down at the end of the dance gradually must be good, and equals a oool down period. Our resident Sports Physio at the centre we use agrees - - it was OK to start straight in with a Quickstep at one time, but perhaps this is a better way to be, certainly the class appreciates it anyways!

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