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Michelle C. Nogales

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Hello all! I am new to this list, so I thought I should
introduce myself. I am in my late 20's, a full-time college student
(long story), and a Scottish Country Dancer for two years now. I was
first exposed to SCD through belonging to a group who portray the
Scottish royal court at Renaissance Faires. I no longer belong to that
particular group, though I still perform at Faires when I can find the
time, now with a group who portray Scottish Highlanders of the same
period.
The dancing we did in my first guild was hardly RSCDS-kosher,
and would in any case have been anachronistic even if it had been, but it
was great fun, and just as soon as I could I sought out a class where I
could learn "the real thing". I began taking lessons in San Francisco,
and my first year culminated in an exciting time in an adjudication set
at the Pleasanton Scottish Games on Labor Day Weekend 1996. Then Ron
Wallace was kind enough to take me and a few classmates under his wing,
and I have been performing with his Dunsmuir Dancers for a year now.
We had a grand time at the Festival of the Sea in San Francisco
just last Sunday, dancing on the Hyde St. Pier. Unfortunately we brought
some Scottish weather with us. When the rain got TOO hard, and we feared
for the electronic gear and the poor fiddler's beautiful instrument, we
picked up and removed to the dining hall of one of the antique ships
moored there, and resumed where we'd left off. I was assured by an
audience member that we looked as if we'd choreographed the dances with
those pillars in mind. I don't know about that, but great fun was had by
all! I will never forget the sight of the ladies on the outdoor stage,
during the last dance before we were driven indoors, dainty in their
sopping-wet 18th century costumes, unconcernedly fanning themselves
between figures as the wind drove needles of rain straight into their
faces.
I am definitely hooked. I only regret that, being a full-time
student, I don't have more time to dance. I would love to take up purely
social dancing again, and to learn some rudiments of step. I have
promised myself I will do both after I graduate. Also I'm rather
intrigued by Irish and English country dance... if only there were more
days in the week...
I look forward to reading your postings.
Sincerely,
Michelle C. Nogales

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