Congratulations to the Houston and District Branch on their terrific
weekend! From the Friday evening Ceilidh, with so many wonderful party
pieces, through the Workshop classes taught so well by Ron Wallace and
Gary Thomas, and the Ball with great music by Wild Rose from the San
Francisco Bay, to the final lunch of Texas Bar-B-Que and Shiner Bock
beer, everything was splendid.
The Hall in the Rice Memorial Center on the Rice University campus made a
wonderful setting for the classes and Ball, excellent wood floor, soaring
windows, the sun shining through the branches of the live oaks outside,
you couldn't ask for more.
Despite the pre-event sniping, Peat Fire Flame was danced as it was
briefed, correctly. So two words "left hand" were omitted from the Ball
booklet - the word "turn" was in there. This wasn't somebody's "way" of
doing the dance, just a typo in an aide-memoire. This is why a dance
should always be taught from the original source, not from a cheat sheet
or dance booklet. Mistakes happen, no matter how many proof-readers you
have. (Of course, even the RSCDS puts out errata from time to time.)
And the Texas dancers who attended the Ball but not the Workshop missed
out on an opportunity to learn from the best, and to dance some really
fun dances to more of that amazing music.
Thank you. Houston!