Region Classes

Region Classes 2022

A range of classes are being offered this year.  Please check the Region Class Guidelines to help you choose a suitable class and also check with your Club Tutor.

Basics Skills 1

Dates:3rd, 17th, 31st May, 14th, 28th June

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30pm

Venue: St David’s Multicultural Hall, Elizabeth St, Petone

Tutor: Catherine McCutcheon

Cost: $40.00

Aims and Objectives

  • To revisit the 5 basic steps Skip Change, Pas be Basque/Setting, Slip Step, Strathspey Travelling, Strathspey Setting
  • To hone technique eg improving rhythm, hand and foot positioning, shape and timing/phrasing
  • To integrate the above into some or all of the following formations – Pousette in quick time, Reel of Three, Reel of Four, Allemande, Promenade, Grand Chain, Ladies Chain, Corners
  • To dance these within suitable dances

Suitability

  • New Dancers or dancers wishing to consolidate their knowledge of basic skills. You would typically be in the 1st or 2nd year of dancing
  • You should be comfortable with Hands Across, Rights and Lefts, Hands Round, Figure of Eight as well as the 5 basic steps
  • There has been so much disruption to dancing in the last 2 years, this class would be ideal to set the Refresh and Restart button!You can check with your club tutor if you are unsure whether this level is right for you.

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Basics Skills 2

Dates: 19th July, 2nd, 16th, 30th August, 13th September

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30pm

Venue: St David’s Multicultural Hall, Elizabeth St, Petone

Tutor: 

Cost: $40.00

For those who attended the Basics 1 course this will be a continuation.

Intermediate 

Dates: 7th May and 11th June

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30 pm

 Venue:  St John Anglican Hall, 18 Bassett Rd, Johnsonville

Cost: $20 per half day class

Teachers: Nicole Trewavas (May) and Gaye Collin (June)

If you can attend both classes appropriate for your level. This allows the teacher to build on from the material taught at the first class)

Is this class for me?

For dancers who are familiar with all common steps and formations and have a reasonable level of fitness. Expect to work on teamwork, timing, and tidy dancing.

 Please check with your club teacher what class is appropriate.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring a water bottle.

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Advanced 

Dates: 8th May and 12th June

Time: 2.30pm – 5,30 pm

 Venue:  Newtown School Hall, Mein St Newtown

Cost: $20 per half day class

Teacher: Nicole Trewavas (May), Damon Collin (June)

Is the class for me?

For dancers who are familiar with all common steps and formations and  have a reasonable level of fitness. Expect to work on teamwork, phrasing, and formations.

 Please check with your club teacher what class is appropriate.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring a water bottle.

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Advanced Technique

Dates: 10th September

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: St Johns Anglican Church Hall, 18 Basset Rd, Johnsonville

Cost: $20.00

Teacher: Doug Mills

Please check with your club teacher what class is appropriate.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring a water bottle.

New Dancers Celebration Preparation Classes 

Two classes have been  scheduled ahead of the New Dances Celebration on These classes are designed to go over the dances that are on the  programme.

Dates: 27th September 2021 and 4th October 2021.

Venue: St David’s Multicultural Church Hall, Elizabeth St, Petone

Time:7.30 – 9.30pm

Cost: $2 entry

Teachers’ Bios

Catherine McCutcheon Basics Skills 1

I began Scottish Country Dancing in 1982 having completed all my Highland Dancing exams.  I taught children Highland for twenty years before focussing more on Country Dancing.  Since gaining my Teachers’ Certificate in Country Dancing in 2010 I have taught at weekend schools and region classes at all levels.  I particularly enjoy seeing the building of confidence in newer dancers as they master the basics and learn new formations and steps.  I am currently the teacher of Tawa club

Susanna van der Gulik – Basics 2

Susanna grew up in a dancing family in the Waikato, and danced throughout her school and university years, attending the first-ever JAM camps. Delighted to find the familiarity of an SCD club in Germany during her OE, she was suddenly thrown into teaching when the club tutor left soon after she arrived! The rest, they say, is history. Susanna enjoys seeing learners get excited about something they thought they couldn’t do. If Covid is ever over, she will go back to teaching the Lower Hutt JAM class, and is otherwise busy looking after her own set of young dancers at home.

Nicole Trewavas – May Intermediate and Advanced Classes

I began dancing at the age of 11 in Waikanae, being taught by Glenys Mills. Both my parents danced and when my sisters and I were old enough, we were allowed to dance in the adult class as well (no JAM class then).  A few years later we moved to Palmerston North, and I have continued dancing at the Manawatu club. As a junior member, I was lucky enough to be able to sit and achieve all the JAM medal tests. This then led to me working towards my RSCDS Teaching Certificate, which I achieved at the Cambridge summer school 2013/2014. I am currently the tutor for the Manawatu Scottish Country Dance Club in Palmerston North. I have attended many Summer Schools, day schools and weekend schools around the country as a dancer and I have also had the privilege of teaching at some of them as well.

When I am not teaching dancing, I am teaching pre-schoolers and when I’m not working or dancing, I enjoy practicing my newest hobby – learning to play the bagpipes!

Gaye Collin – June Intermediate Class

Gaye’s dancing profile began with Irish dancing at the age of six. She became a Teacher and Adjudicator in her early twenties and ran her own Irish dancing school for twenty years. Since gaining her certificate in Scottish Country Dancing in 2011 she has taught at a NZ Summer School, many classes in NZ & some in Australia.  Gaye’s great passion is devising dances. She has published 4 books of dances and is working on more.  2021/22 finds her teaching the Lower Hutt Club again, in partnership with hubby Damon.

Damon Collin – June Advanced Class

I started Scottish County Dancing as a fifteen-year-old and am convinced that my fitness and flexibility owes much to that early involvement. My whole family began dancing when we arrived in NZ from England in 1968, and I still meet up with my brother on the dance floor from time to time.

I gained my Teacher’s Certificate for Scottish Country Dancing in 1982 after having attended several Summer Schools here in New Zealand and enjoyed three Advanced Classes and a couple of Teacher Training Classes – before getting into the serious stuff of qualification.             

I have enjoyed enormously teaching at day schools, weekend schools, a Winter School in Australia, and several Summer Schools in New Zealand. I have also had the pleasure of being club tutor many times at the Lower Hutt Club, taught the (now defunct) Wainuiomata Club and many years ago when I was a student at the Victoria University, I started a club there too.  Over the past 15 years my wife, Gaye, and I have extended our knowledge and appreciation of the “family” of Scottish Country Dancers by dancing in England, Scotland, France, Italy & Germany.  Gaye and I have also been a “tag-team” teaching classes in Gosford (NSW) and Ashhurst and have run advanced evening events together for over twenty years.       

Doug Mills – September Advanced Technique

I’ve been dancing for over 50 years, having started as a child at Johnsonville Club in 1970
when my mother was the teacher there. I danced and taught at Island Bay & Wainuioumata
in the early 1980’s before leaving Wellington. I’ve been teaching SCD for 33 years (in
Wellington, Christchurch and Picton) and for the last 12 years I’ve been involved in the teacher
training process, as a teacher candidate tutor and now as an RSCDS examiner.
I’ve taught at several NZ Branch Summer Schools and three Australian Winter Schools, as well
as numerous weekend schools all over the country – I’m sure I have met some of you at some
stage!
Lynda & I now live in the Marlborough Sounds, looking out across Queen Charlotte Sound. We
are surrounded by native bush and there are always birds keeping us entertained (tui,
korimako, piwakawaka, weka, riroriro, karearea, ruru, gannets, quail and of course sparrows!)
and we get to watch dolphins, seals and little blue penguins in the Bay.