The introductory workshops at Pyskowice in Southern Poland got off to a excellent start under the expert guidance of Pia Walker and assisted by Fiona Grant with great music from Luke and Adam Brady.
Four young groups of dancers from Gdansk in the north to Krakow in the south attended the three day festival allowing us to run the training workshops with four complete sets.
The groups attending were: Carduus from Pyskowice, Celtica from Krakow, Galway from Bedzin and Animus Saltandi from Gdansk.
All have been progressing on a self-taught basis and we intend to try to offer them help in the future by having volunteer teachers go to Poland to run periodic training weekends.
It was intended that we would put on a student's dance exhibition during the final session of the festival on Sunday evening however a violent storm hit the site just 10 minutes before we were due on stage, sound towers were blown over and the beer tent took off across the fields like an airship!
The festival had to be abandoned so all the dancers and musicians including the headline band retired to the festival HQ (a local pub) and had a fantastic party instead!
Uploaded today on YouTube under Dance Scottish (from DancingScosha) are a series of 7 videos covering the festival performance of the hone town group Carduus which was performed at 1530 in a temp of 33 deg c and on a stage surface which was too hot to place your hand.
It shows the energy and passion of the young dancers for their chosen style of Scottish dance. Anyone interested in the progress of these young groups or perhaps helping in the future can contact me privately.