Club Resources

Preparing a club night or half-night

Be a Master of Ceremonies. members are encouraged to become an MC for a night or half night. This page aims to provide the vital backup support. The information is also in the folder ‘MC’ available at an evening. Please tell us of anything you'd like or might help others to prepare.

If you are choosing music for a dance where we don't have something specific, or you don't like our music for it, then music for a not too popular dance with broadly similar movements on the same bars is a good choice. The music can suggest setting in place or the hop when starting to travel or the movement in a circle for instance.

Dances with Tunes on the Tablet (1.2 Mbyte)

in alphabetic order. Headings can be clicked to sort in different orders. Includes local popularity ratings. The 'Hard' field attempts to rate the difficulty of the dances.

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External resources that are useful

Grand Chain: Hints and Tips.
Info on running an evening.
The Strathspey Server: Useful Hints
Useful documents about Scottish country dancing, including notes on planning a dance program and a guide to briefings.
Minicrib: Dance Cribs.
Over 5000 at the last count. The download contains a Word document - you can get a version with all the cribs in plain or else the later version that uses macros to generate a dance programme.
The Dance Data web interface
This is a comprehensive database of Scottish Country dances. It has cribs of many of the dances and short snippets of the tunes.

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Halls and Date Planner

Local Halls used for Scottish Dancing
What it says on the tin. Also an exercise in using Google Maps :)
RSCDS Berks/Hants/Surrey Border Branch - Forward Planner
Local Groups should use the BHS planner to avoid conflicts.

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Our recruitment adverts over the year. The telephone number has been obscured in any demonstration advertising material.

The Club logo: 1160x1160 as a PNG file.
2005 flyer: Reel Fun.
2006 flyer: Left Hands Across.
2008 flyer: Fun cartoon.
2010 brochure (pdf): folded A4 brochure.
2012 flyer (pdf): Amazingly a folk dance group in America came up with the same tag line so I copied their format.
2013 Christmas: Exterminate!

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Dance Popularity Counts

This list gives an estimate of the popularity of dances both locally and in the South-East of England region. Take the hard value with a big pinch of salt especially for the low popularity dances! Most of this is automatically generated from the emails of the SCD dance list from Summer Tuesdays and email-a-programme.

Popularity of Dances in the South East (1.1 Mbyte)

The popularity is under Local and Global and sorted in descending order for global. Local means BHS with a portion from the global list. Global means local dances plus programmes from the dance list. The popularity is out of 2000. Strange figure but it means basically the figures are how often as a percentage you would expect the dance in a 20 dance programme. The red and green colours are an estimate of whether the dance is getting more popular or less. Click on the column head to sort the list differently.

The lists below gives how many times each dance was in a ball or ceilidh programme in the local area (approx 20 miles from Bracknell) in the season indicated. Our dance popularity table for M/Cs uses this to bias the ‘global’ data above.

Dances in Local Programmes 2022-2023 (17 Kbyte) so far this year.

Previous years: 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009, 2007-2008, 2006-2007, 2005-2006.

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