Welcome to the website for Central
Scotland Circle Dance, where you can find a Dancing Circle near you.
Photo: Laura, Gateside
Due to updated Covid-19 restrictions being implemented in the council regions of Perth
& Kinross and Fife, circle dance classes currently held in those areas are now cancelled until further notice from the Scottish government.
Mandy de Winter
We at CSCD (Central Scotland Circle Dance) knew Mandy de Winter very well. Every year in June at Summer Solstice, Mandy came to St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, to run a residential dance weekend for us. She did this every year from 2004 – 2017.
Mandy's summer weekends were a much loved event, always fully booked and much anticipated by
her devoted followers from all over the UK.
Mandy delighted us with her mix of traditional and choreographed dances, and her wonderful teaching, but perhaps more importantly, her enormous sense of fun and her love of
the dance that emanated with her every step.
A message from Judy King:
Mandy sadly died in 2018, but for thirty years she was a leading light in the world of Circle Dance. In addition to her regular weekly groups, she led workshops and dance holidays not just in the UK, but throughout the world, with regular trips to Greece, Germany, Holland and Brazil, as well as teaching in Australia, Canada and the USA.
She was known not just as a dance teacher, but also as an accomplished and versatile musician with a particular talent for enabling others to sing and play.
Happy teaching both traditional dances and modern choreographies, she was especially known for her knowledge of and skill for teaching dances from The Balkans, and she introduced many a dancer to the irregular and interesting rhythms so common in that part of the world.
Mandy's great love for Balkan music and dance led her to develop a course called Exploring Balkan Rhythms and Dance (Dum Dum Diddily Dum Dum) which provided participants with a detailed introduction to the varied and often irregular rhythms so common throughout the region.
To accompany the course, she produced two teaching DVDs in which she demonstrates a range of Balkan dances in great detail; not only explaining, for instance, the difference between a Makedonsko and a RÔčenica in 7/8 metre, but also showing how to teach the dance (and a lot more besides).
These DVDs represent an extraordinary body of work which was originally only available to course participants, but which is now available to everybody in the form of two DVDs or as downloads of individual dances.
Each DVD comes complete with a CD of the music and a booklet giving the dance notation and notes about the dances. Downloads include the video clip, the MP3 music track (sometimes more than one) together with the dance notation and notes.
Here’s a link to a sample video clip you can download for free:
website for details of DVDs and downloads of Mandy’s
Every penny raised from the sale of these dance videos will be donated to the
Severn Hospice in Shropshire, where Mandy spent her final days.
"Dancing is the best exercise" How to Stay Young BBC2
So come Circle Dancing, it's not Strictly,
it's sociable and nourishes body, mind and spirit.
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