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Virginia Scottish Games 2018

Virginia Scottish Games 2018 - Yvonne and Justin

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Dancing Achievement Award

Congratulations to our area's Spring 2018 recipients of the Dancing Achievement Award (DAA), and thanks to their teachers and assessors! A new RSCDS program, the DAA focuses on intermediate-level skills, formations, and dances. Teachers worked with the dancers for 8 weeks, and two RSCDS-assigned assessors did the final evaluation.

DAA dancers, afternoon set

Dancers pictured above, from left to right, are: Amy Schwalb, Marla Bright, Maryjo Baxter, Irene McGhee, Caroline Jimenez, Glenda Jardel, Libby Beer, Ward Whitlock, Kim Lugo, Colleen Dougherty.

DAA dancers, morning set

Dancers pictured above, from left to right, are: Diana Price, Kathryn Darling, Alisa Pappas, Eileen Grant, Paul Doherty, Bill Wallace, Anne Dempsey, Jud McIntire.

DAA teachers

And many thanks to DAA teachers (left to right) Jay Andrews, Margaret Grandine, Yvonne Yang, with dancer Maryjo Baxter who presented thank you gifts on behalf of the class at Capital Weekend. Not pictured are assessors Ellie Briscoe, Northern Virginia Branch, and Kate Nealley, Delaware Valley Branch.


Alexandria Christmas Walk Parade 2017

Christmas Walk Parade 2017 - dancers walking behind Jeff's car

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Argyle Weekend 2017

Argyle Weekend 2017 - Carrie and Geoffrey turning

Argyle Weekend 2017 - group shot

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Alexandria International Festival, October 21, 2017

Alexandria International Festival 2017 - circle


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New teachers certificated

Congratulations to our area's newly certificated Unit 2/3 and Unit 5 teachers, and thanks to their tutors and helpers!

Candidate Class 2017

Teacher candidate exams were held on April 7-8, 2017, with 100 percent success! Pictured above, from left to right, are:
(back row): Jay Andrews, Ellen Ternes, and Karen Becker, helpers;
Jeff Graham, Patricia Day Williams, Elizabeth Holtan, and Thomas Iwasawa, Unit 2/3;
(center row): Margaret Grandine, helper; Alyse Carter and Janet Peterson, Unit 2/3;
(front row): Yvonne Yang, helper; Caroline Jimenez, Unit 5;
Mel and Ellie Briscoe, tutors; Becky Ross, exam fiddler; Liz Donaldson, exam pianist.

Geoffrey SellingRon Wallace

And many thanks to examiners Geoffrey Selling (left) and Ron Wallace.


Carol Porter Celebration Dance, August 13, 2016

Carol Porter Celebration Dance - Amy and Sandy

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Northern Virginia Basic Tea Dance, May 22, 2016

Basic Tea Dance - turning

Photo courtesy of Eva Lanyi

Alexandria Christmas Walk Parade, December 5, 2015

Christmas Walk 2015 - Dancers with Jeff's car

Photo courtesy of Mark Sellers

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Argyle Weekend, November 6-8, 2015

Argyle 2015 - strathspey circle

Photo courtesy of Eva Lanyi

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Virginia Scottish Games, September 5-6, 2015

Virginia Scottish Games 2015 - bow and curtsy

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Carol Porter Dance, August 29, 2015

Carol Porter Dance 2015 - lines of 4 down the middle

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Christmas Walk Parade, December 6, 2014

Christmas Walk 2015 - dancers with Jeff's car

Photo courtesy of Mark Sellers


Argyle Weekend, November 14-16, 2014

Argyle Weekend 2014 - Alyse and Ross turning

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Carol Porter Celebration Dance, August 23, 2014

Carol Porter Dance 2014 - Colleen and Lowry turning

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Basic Tea Dance, May 17, 2014

Basic Tea Dance 2014 - Maryjo, Jay, Elizabeth, and Maria in a 4-person promenade hold

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Tartan Day 2014

Tartan Day 2014 - allemande


Capital Weekend 2014

Capital Weekend 2014 - setting to corners


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Snowdrop Ball, March 1, 2014

Snowdrop Ball 2014 - dancing


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Alexandria Christmas Walk Tea Dance, Dec. 7, 2013

Christmas Walk Dance 2013 - refreshments


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Argyle Weekend, November 8-10, 2013

Argyle Weekend 2013 - view of dancers from balcony


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Virginia Scottish Games, August 2013

Virginia Scottish Games 2013 - participation dancing


Carol Porter Celebration Dance, August 2013

Carol Porter Dane 2013 - 3 hands across

No.Va. Branch Dancers featured on washingtontimes.com

Alexandria Tartan Day Celebration, April 5, 2008
Multimedia slide show. Warning: loud bagpipes!
(April 7, 2008)