Fort Langley Community Hall
Luke Brady and Muriel Johnstone
Whiskey Tea Dance – May 30, 2010
St Andrews Dance Photos
November 29, 2011
The brochure went to the local paper, leading to a photo shoot and a full-page article. The group waited for that first big night. Fifty people showed up, with only three couples who had danced before!
There is now a beginners’ class, a family class meeting in the afternoon, and a monthly additional technique class.
The Voyageurs sponsor two major events each year: the Christmas Dance and the Tea Dance at the end of the dancing season.
The instructor, Rebecca Blackhall-Peters and the initial group (Derek and Chris Bissett and Tony and Margot Popplewell) set some guidelines. The success of the club has come from sticking with these. The emphasis is still on dancing as an inclusive, fun activity. There shall be lots of hugging and laughing at mistakes. There would be no demonstrations of dancing, but there would be participation in appropriate community events. That led to dancing at Fort Langley Celtic Days, participation in the May Day Parade, dancing on Fort Brigade days and participation in other community group activities.
Another goal of the group is to support local music. All our major events have live music, and there is normally live music for the classes. Julie Smith now plays for us regularly.
Many factors have contributed to a successful dance club. Everyone, from the original group of six to the newest class member, however, recognizes that the most important factor in creating the enthusiasm, present level of skill, and willingness to participate is the fact that the class has an outstanding teacher in Rebecca Blackhall-Peters.
Based on an article by Derek Bissett in The White Cockade, May 2004
Dancing the Tournee – a progressive movement in 8 bars (almost always in Strathspey time), devised by Bob Campbell. Here is a sheet with diagrams that may help you to enjoy this figure. (Courtesy of Larry Onotera)
Time and Place Tuesday evenings
Beginners 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm (starts later in September)
General 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley
or Chris Bissett 604.888.7867