20 January 2013: 9th Central Germany Branch/FSCDC »Tea Dance«
Posted by anselm · Jan. 21, 2013, 11:10 p.m.
Fully booked! One week before the actual event we proudly proclaimed that all the 50 places for the tea dance were taken and that we would have to open a waiting list. We were looking forward to the largest turnout for a tea dance ever, until … the seasonal flu epidemic and the winter weather with snow, freezing rain and icy roads tried to foil our plans and some very lamentable cancellations came in on the Saturday and Sunday … Anett, Christin, Clemens, Ingrid, Liane, Markus, Nicole, Peter, Vera, Verena, Veronika und Vivian – we missed you badly!
In spite of these very adverse circumstances nearly 40 dancers were not to be deterred and once more congregated on the Sunday afternoon in the Great Hall of the »Haus der Jugend«. Under the proven leadership of Anselm Lingnau and the motto of »The 90th Birthday – Let's Celebrate the Society« we commemorated various people, institutions, and events around the RSCDS with a diverse selection of mostly lesser-known dances.
We danced Festival Interceltique to warm up, then The Jubilee Jig, The Hills of Alba, Ysobel, Rory o' More, The Summer Assembly, and Fortnight At Saint Andrews, before breaking for tea, coffee, and cake. After this there were Miss Hadden's Reel, Coates Crescent, The Earl of Mansfield, Muse Cottage, and, to finish, Society Piper. (A more detailed list of dances with cribs and – partly – diagrams is available here.)
Many thanks to everyone who, in spite of the terrible weather, dared come to Frankfurt to dance with us and enjoy the coffee break, which was supported by our wonderful bakers Anselm, Birgit, Eva B., Gabi, and Jacqueline. A big thank-you to you, too, and to David and Marie for the organisation and Dagmar and Matthias R., who served as »guides« to our traditional after-session at the »Eichkatzerl« apple-cider pub.
19 January 2013: 5th Burns Supper -- British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Regional Committee Rhein-Main
Posted by anselm · Jan. 21, 2013, 10:53 p.m.
For the fifth time in sequence some of us (Anselm, David, Dirk, Werner, Eva, Johanna, Marie, and Petra) were able to attend the BCCG's Burns Supper, which once more took place in very grand fashion in the Freemasons' lodge »To Unity« in Frankfurt. As in previous years we had been asked to direct and support the ceilidh dancing.
After a particularly tasty cauliflower-and-Cheddar soup, the habitually good McSween's haggis (with neeps and tatties) and a fantastic sticky toffee pudding we almost found it difficult to start the dancing at around 11pm, but we were quickly inspired by the rousing music, and the great mood and enthusiasm of the guests did the rest. Many vigorous dances (beside the usual selection of Gay Gordons, The Dashing White Sergeant, and Strip the Willow, etc. a few BCCG firsts including Festival Interceltique), songs, and poems later we concluded the evening at 1am with three stanzas of »Auld Lang Syne« in a big circle and the warm fuzzy feeling of having contributed once more to the entertainment and happiness of the guests.
13 October 2012: Highland Dance Workshop at the »Haus der Jugend«
Posted by anselm · Oct. 13, 2012, 10:43 p.m.
»Dancing on the rooftops of Frankfurt« – that was our first thought at entering today's room, the »Skyline Deck«. Instead of a smaller seminar room at ground level we had opted for this fifth-story room at the »Haus der Jugend« and were rewarded with a great view on Frankfurt, with lots of sunshine and splendid autumn weather.
23 June 2012: »Growing Older in Frankfurt« Demonstration in the Central Station
Posted by anselm · June 24, 2012, 5:44 p.m.
After an invitation from the Frankfurt municipal department of youth and social services, we (Anselm, Daphne, David, Dirk, Jan, Johanna, Marie, Sandra, Schorsch and Werner) were happy to contribute to the »information and service point« in the Frankfurt main railway station that had been constructed under the auspices of the »action weeks Growing Older 2012«.
12 May 2012: TanzTag Rhein_Main
Posted by anselm · May 14, 2012, 11:56 p.m.
Dance -- this means the joy of movement, of music, of and with other dancers, getting to know foreign cultures, as in »Dance with me!« This was the motto of the first TanzTag (Dance Day) Rhein-Main, which had been prepared for over a year by the Tanzlabor_21. And with the FSCDC in the thick of it!
5 May 2012: Fugues etc. Workshop for Advanced Dancers
Posted by anselm · May 6, 2012, 5:17 p.m.
A Saturday afternoon, chilly, drizzly, with heavy showers every so often – a good opportunity to stay on the sofa at home with a warming drink. Or to come to the Haus der Jugend in Frankfurt to take a trip (along with more than 20 other advanced Scottish country dancers, and guided by Anselm Lingnau) into the world of rarely danced fugues and tricky dances by Hugh Foss and Barry Priddey.
21 April 2012: 44th Frankfurt Spring Ball
Posted by anselm · May 6, 2012, 5:14 p.m.
»Klein, aber fein« war unser 44. Frankfurt Spring Ball, zu dem Anselm, Marie und die Frankfurter Schotten am vergangenen Samstag eingeladen hatten. Knapp 60 Tänzer waren der Einladung gefolgt.
21 January 2012: 4th Burns Supper -- British Chamber of Commerce, Germany, Regional Committee Rhein-Main
Posted by anselm · March 19, 2012, 11:53 p.m.
21st January 2012: 8th Central Germany Branch/FSCDC »Tea Dance«
Posted by anselm · March 19, 2012, 11:47 p.m.
»Thanks for a lovely afternoon!« (Daphne S.). »Oh, it was so wonderful! Thanks again for the great afternoon!« (Eva B.)
These are only two enthusiastic testimonials at the end of last Saturday's 8th Central Germany Branch/FSCDC Tea Dance. Under the motto of »The Music Makars – Dances by, for, and about musicians« Anselm once more presented interesting dances for intermediate and advanced dancers, and approximately 30 dancers from near and farther away had followed our invitation to the St Dionysius community centre.
6 November 2011: Highland Afternoon
Posted by anselm · Jan. 20, 2012, 4:12 p.m.
By now, our internal Highland afternoon represents something of a tradition. Once a year some intrepid dancers meet in order to sample the art of Scottish solo dancing under Anselm's instruction.
This year, Anselm had selected Scotch Measure as the main dance, a »twasome« (couple dance) he and Dagmar had presented at the Museumsuferfest in August, and which we had all enjoyed (also on account of the beautiful music by Keith Smith and Muriel Johnstone). Well, watching is one thing, especially if the dance flows as easily as with Dagmar and Anselm. We quickly found out that this effortless-looking dance requires a lot of stamina and that we felt quite warm quite quickly. Nevertheless we were set on learning all six steps and practising them in sequence time and again, until legs and head required »time out«. Anselm also showed us the »strathspey and highland reel« and Domino Five with highland steps, before we finished off the afternoon with another Scotch Measure.