Due to technical issues we need to delay the opening date for candidate classes registration until after March 1, 2018.
We will notify you as soon as possible when registration is open.
Fees for the classes are as follows (in USD):
Units 2/3 combined OR Unit 5 (14 days): $2300
Unit 2 re-sit (6 days): $1000
More information about accommodations will be added when registration opens.
Candidates, please note the new Syllabus goes into effect July 1st. Unit 1 must now be taken BEFORE Units 2 and 3. Exceptions will only be granted by RSCDS Headquarters. Various other time limitations apply to candidate eligibility for each unit; please ensure that you are adhering to the Syllabus!
TAC Candidate Classes 2018
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
July 22-August 5, 2018
If you are considering–or have started–RSCDS teaching certification, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Tutors Rebecca Blackhall-Peters (Units 2/3) and Elaine Brunken (Unit 5) will coach you through what is sure to be exciting and enjoyable preparation for the exams. Your dancing and teaching will be buoyed by great music from Ron Krug and Lisa Scott.
As in previous years, the Unit 2 exam will be held July 26/27. Candidates re-sitting Unit 2 only are expected to arrive with the other candidates on July 22 in order to prepare. Unit 3 and Unit 5 exams will be held July 31 - Aug 3.
Unit 1 (the written exam) is offered twice per year (for 2018, February 3rd and October 10th). Branches can apply to hold the exam locally, and candidates at a distance from any branch may sit the exam solo under appropriate circumstances. Arrangements must be made with RSCDS Headquarters no later than 7 weeks in advance of the exam date.
Under the new Syllabus, Unit 1 must be passed BEFORE Units 2 and 3 are attempted.
Candidates planning to sit the Unit 5 exam should have all submitted their Unit 4, the Record of Teaching Practice, by now.
Elaine Brunken says:
Born in Falkirk, a long time ago now, I moved to Uphall, West Lothian, when I was four. I learned to dance in my mum’s class in a wee hall in Pumpherston, as I happily danced up and down the hall by myself, till I was tall enough to dance with the grown-ups. The accordionist didn’t read music, and just played the few tunes he knew... ask me about that sometime... you won’t believe the tune I learned General Stuart’s Reel to!
I have been dancing for more than 50 years, teaching for 40 years, 30 years with my RSCDS certificate, tutoring for 25 years and examining for a few years now... I really need to get a life! This fabulous pastime has taken me to Australia, back to the UK, France, and all over North America. It has introduced me to many wonderful people, some of whom have become my dearest friends.
I was a PE teacher (Alastair Aitkenhead hired me out of college), focusing on dance, in Ayr for 4 years, prior to my emigration to the USA in 1978. (Yes I am THAT old!). I now work with banking mainframe systems and recently moved to Kansas City, to begin a new job.
I have two adult children, whom many of my dancing friends have watched grow up, and though neither do SCD, they both love ceilidh dancing.
I enjoy a nice dry red wine, a nice cold G&T, a good book, a good sing song, good music, good conversation... sounds like a dance weekend!
Rebecca Blackhall-Peters of Langley, BC, Canada:
Rebecca was born and raised in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. She very recently has moved to the Okanagan and is residing in Summerland.
In 1995 she took up SCD in Vancouver and earned her Teacher’s Certificate in 2001. As she had a background in classical ballet, she was able to point her toes immediately, however it took bit longer to learn the formations and dances! She has taught a General Class in Fort Langley for the last 15 years, and was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team for 6 years. She has taught workshops throughout North America and has been a core teacher at TAC Summer School and St Andrews.
Ron continues a more than 30-year association with Scottish country dance music. His first playing experience was for an examination class, conducted by none other than Miss Milligan. He’s been terrified of Scottish country dance music ever since but tries to put on a brave face. Although he welcomes the appreciation of teachers and dancers at having live music, he is thankful for all the good, recorded music available – because it gives him a chance to dance too.
He has played for workshops/dances in Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Halifax, Victoria, Kenora, Toronto, Hamilton, New York, Pinewoods, Boston, Waterloo, Medicine Hat, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Langley as well as candidate classes and exams in Kingston, Waterloo and Portland.
Lisa, a native of Portland, Oregon, is an accomplished pianist and teacher. Coming from a musical heritage, she began her studies early and continued on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree at Lewis and Clark College and study the art of accompaniment at the University of Southern California and in New York City. Returning to Portland, she began Scottish Country dancing and soon earned her Preliminary Teaching Certificate. This led in turn to the Scottish piano and through the years she has played throughout the United States and Canada. Lisa's sensitivity to dance rhythms and her lyrical style make her music a joy for dancers.