Linda Glavin, New Zealand
I began dancing Scottish Country dancing in Dunedin during the late 1980’s. It was not long before I was dancing 2 nights a week. When we moved to Christchurch in late 2000, I joined the Christchurch, Caledonian, and Hoon Hay clubs. Anton and I moved to Blenheim in 2020 and I have been teaching the Blenheim club since 2022 and have been enjoying my weekly dancing at the Picton club.
I gained my teacher’s certificate at the Auckland Summer School 2009/2010. Since gaining my certificate I have taught at Dunedin and two Masterton Summer Schools, weekend, and day schools. At a Region level I have taught elementary, intermediate, and advanced classes. I also taught junior dancers in Christchurch, and I currently have a small group of junior dancers in Blenheim.
I would like to thank the Winter School committee for giving me the opportunity to teach at their Winter School. I look forward to meeting new dancers and catching up with friends.
Raphaëlle Orgeret, France
I was introduced to Scottish dancing by my mother and attended Summer School for the first time in 1998. I was hooked and haven’t stopped dancing since.
I passed my teacher’s certificate in St Andrews in 2008. I teach my branch class in Lyon and a children’s class there too. For several years I coached a team for the Newcastle Festival comprising friends from across Europe and called it the International Team. I then coached my own Lyon branch team for the competition
I have been the branch chairman since 2016 and I organise weekend schools and other events for the branch. My branch has a very important proportion of teenagers, who keep me on my toes
I’ve taught at the RSCDS Summer School, Winter School in Pitlochry and at several Spring Flings as well as many workshops across Europe. I was lucky enough to teach at the Australian Winter School, Asilomar weekend, TAC Summer School and also in Edmonton, Canada. These experiences were wonderful, I’ve met so many lovely people, danced to incredible musicians and experienced new ways of dancing. I’m very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and meeting you all!
Outside dancing, I’m a primary school teacher.
Antoine Rousseau, France
I started dancing in Paris when I was 15 in a group which a few years later became the Paris Branch. I first attended the RSCDS summer school in 1988 and it was a revelation: the good mixture of fun, technique and social activities.
I have been teaching since I was 21 years old, first in Lyon during my studies, then in Paris. I passed my teaching certificate in 2009. Since then I have taught at RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews and several weekends and schools in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand where I met wonderful people in the Scottish dancing scene. I currently dance and teach at the Paris Branch in France and look forward to teaching at the Australian Winter School in 2024.
Cairistiona Tait, Australia
I started dancing before I was born, which is not surprising as my parents met through SCD. I began attending Socials from a very young age, growing up in the Melbourne and District Branch, eventually obtaining my full certificate in 1997. Teaching at Branch Classes and Weekend schools, Australian Winter Schools and a New Zealand Summer School, I have always maintained that SCD is not only about developing personal skill, but also about having as much fun as possible.
William Williamson, Scotland
I am from Dumfriesshire, Scotland and currently Chair of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. I studied music at Napier College and Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh and afterwards took up a teaching post at Moffat Academy.
Away from education, I was a freelance broadcaster with the local BBC radio station and have been a guest on BBC’s Saturday night dance music programme, Take the Floor.
I learned Highland and Scottish Country Dancing as a child, sang as a chorister, was a choirmaster for many years and am a well known singer. Since the age of six years, Scottish Country Dancing has always played a large part in my life. In 1980 I danced for the Royal Family at Holyrood Palace for the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. I have been a member of the Dumfries Branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for many years and have taught at many day / weekend schools in the UK, the Society’s AGM, Winter School, Summer School and overseas.