Dancing Achievement Award (DAA)

Intermediate-level DAA Course

in conjunction with TAC Summer School 2017

24-28 July 2017

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Dancing Achievement Award (DAA)

is open to all Scottish Country dancers looking to develop their personal dancing.

Course Tutor: Sharon Barker     Course Musician: Julie Smith

See biographies below

 DAA Registration will open online on 1 April 2017.

When you are ready to register, proceed to the DAA Registration Form

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Have you been Scottish Country Dancing for a while and wonder what level you are dancing at?
Do you enjoy a challenge and want to improve your dancing technique?
Do you enjoy working towards and achieving goals as a team?
Have you ever considered taking the RSCDS Teaching Certificate but are not sure if your technique is good enough?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then the Intermediate-level Dancing Achievement Award Course offered in conjunction with TAC Summer School 2017 is the class for you.

The Dancing Achievement Award is an opportunity for dancers to work with a Course Tutor over three afternoons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 24, 25, 27 July for a total of 9 hours with concentration on personal dancing technique. Dancers are then assessed on the afternoon of Friday 28 July by two RSCDS-approved Assessors.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) has prescribed a list of formations and six dances for the Intermediate level that participants must have learned before arrival.  All participants should download a copy of the syllabus (article DAA-01) from the RSCDS website (www.rscds.org/article/dancing-achievement-award-daa) and they should have access beforehand to the RSCDS Manual of Scottish Country Dancing (3rd Edition, May 2013) which can be purchased through TACBooks if a copy from a local teacher is not available.  Following registration, registrants will receive further information directly from the Course Tutor Sharon Barker.

For more information and to read the requirements and expectations check the RSCDS website: www.rscds.org/article/dancing-achievement-award-daa

Although held in conjunction with TAC 2017 Summer School, participants do not need to be attending Summer School.  Those who do wish to attend Summer School should register through the Summer School Registration Information page.

The fee for the Course plus Registration and Assessment through the RSCDS is CAD$150.

DAA Registration will open online on 1 April 2017.  This course has a class limit.

For queries about the DAA Course, contact the Tutor Sharon Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
For queries on the registration process, contact the Summer Events Registrar Gail Michener at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Tutor: Sharon Barker

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Sharon was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and moved to Calgary with her family when she was a young child. She started Scottish Country Dancing at the age of 7 and has been a part of many of the classes and demonstration teams in the Calgary area. She has over 35 years of dancing experience.

Sharon started teaching SCD to beginners at one of the local groups in Calgary in 1994. She received her Preliminary Certificate from the RSCDS in 1998 and her Full Certificate in 2002. Since then, she has been teaching classes in southern Alberta on a weekly basis. She has also taught at several workshops across North America including Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Virginia, and Washington. In addition to teaching, Sharon has also held several board positions with both Calgary Branch and Teachers’ Association (Canada).

Sharon has interests in other forms of Scottish and Irish dance, as well. These include Irish Ceili Dancing, Highland Dancing, and Scottish Step Dancing.



Course Musician: Julie Smith

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 If you asked Julie Smith about her life, she would probably say: “Music is my life!”  And music has been her life, whether it’s playing the piano (from classical lessons as a child, to playing for church most of her life, and most recently playing Scottish Country Dance music), directing choirs both at church and in the schools and teaching music in the public school system.  She started playing for Scottish Country Dance classes several years ago.  She has attended Pearl Holmberg workshops in Vancouver, two Dance Masters Workshops for Teachers and Musicians in Sonoma, California, and TAC Summer School musicians’ workshops in order to develop the technique required to play for dancing. Julie has been invited to play for several dance workshops and plays piano in the band The Tartan Players.  As a Scottish Country dancer herself she knows how important the music is to good dancing.