Description of Registration Categories for TAC Summer Events 2024

This year the options for attending the Teachers' Conference Weekend and Summer School have multiplied exponentially. The prices will be listed on the registration form AND there are Youth pricing options for our under 35 year old dancers.

Registration will open on Friday, February 15, 2024. Early bird prices will be in effect until Monday, April 15, 2024. Any spaces left at that time will see a 10% increase in price.

TCW Only
All categories include Friday evening dance, Saturday banquet and ball
1.  Resident member – 2 nights lodging; 6 meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, Saturday and Sunday classes
2.  Resident Companion – 2 nights lodging; 6 meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
3.  Non-resident member – Saturday and Sunday lunch; Saturday and Sunday classes
4.  Non-resident companion – Saturday and Sunday lunch


TCW Plus
All categories include evening programs from Friday through Monday, including the Saturday TCW banquet and ball
1.  Resident member – 4 nights lodging; all (12) meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch; classes Saturday through Tuesday;
2.  Resident TCW Companion & non-member dancer – 4 nights lodging; all (12) meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch; classes Monday and Tuesday
3.  Resident TCW Companion – 4 nights lodging; all (12) meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch
4.   Non-resident member – 4 lunches from Saturday through Tuesday; classes Saturday through Tuesday
5.   Non-Resident TCW Companion & non-member dancer – 4 lunches from Saturday through Tuesday; classes Monday and Tuesday
6.   Non-resident companion – 4 lunches from Saturday through Tuesday

Summer School Full Week
All categories include evening programs from Sunday through Saturday banquet and ball
1.    Resident member – 7 nights lodging; all (20) meals from Sunday dinner though Sunday breakfast; classes Monday through Saturday
2.    Resident non-member - 7 nights lodging; all (20) meals from Sunday dinner though Sunday breakfast; classes Monday through Saturday
3.   Resident Companion – 7 nights lodging; all (20) meals from Sunday dinner though Sunday breakfast
4.   Non-resident member – 7 lunches; classes Monday through Saturday
5.   Non-Resident non-member – 7 lunches; classes Monday through Saturday
6.   Non-resident companion – 7 lunches


Summer School Half-Week
All categories include evening programs from Wednesday through Saturday banquet and ball
1.   Resident member – 4 nights lodging; all meals from Wednesday dinner though Sunday
breakfast; classes Thursday through Saturday
2.   Resident non-member - 4 nights lodging; all meals from Wednesday dinner though Sunday breakfast; classes Thursday through Saturday

3.  Resident Companion – 4 nights lodging; all meals from Wednesday dinner though Sunday breakfast
4.  Non-resident member – 4 lunches; classes Thursday through Saturday
5.  Non-Resident non-member – 4 lunches; classes Thursday through Saturday
6.  Non-resident companion – 4 lunches


TCW & Summer School
All categories include evening programs from Friday through the following Saturday, including two banquets and balls
1.  Resident member – 9 nights lodging; all meals from Friday dinner through the following Sunday breakfast; all TCW and Summer School classes
2.  Resident TCW Companion & non-member dancer – 9 nights lodging; all meals from Friday dinner through the following Sunday breakfast; Summer School classes
3.  Resident TCW Companion – 9 nights lodging; all meals from Friday dinner through the following Sunday breakfast
4.  Non-resident member – 8 lunches from Saturday to Saturday; all TCW and Summer School classes
5.  Non-Resident TCW Companion & non-member dancer – 8 lunches from Saturday to Saturday; Summer School classes
6.  Non-resident companion – 8 lunches from Saturday

                                                        

                                 Class Descriptions

Every year we aim to incorporate information for dancers to select the appropriate class. Please read these descriptions carefully and select the best one for you! All classes except Challenge will incorporate low-impact techniques and will be suitable for anyone who is injured, needs to be careful, or is simply interested in exploring ways to keep dancing as long as possible.

FUNDAMENTALS:   This course is for new, recent or returning dancers, as well as anyone who is interested in really working on the basics of feet, arms and hands, and eye contact. Build your confidence and your knowledge of the central formations of Scottish country dancing. Dancers will become more comfortable dancing from talk-throughs only and develop the ability to smoothly transition between steps and formations. This class will teach and improve the following steps and formations:  


INTERMEDIATE:   This course requires a working knowledge of all the basic steps and formations (see above). Dancers should be able to dance a simple dance from a talk-through only and achieve some continuity between basic formations. The intermediate class will focus on teamwork, handing, eye contact, phrasing, deportment, and covering. This class will concentrate on improving the basic steps and formations and learning and improving the intermediate steps and formations:      EXPERIENCED SOCIAL: This course is for intermediate and advanced dancers who wish to expand their repertoire of dances and formations in a social setting. Dancers should be able to dance all basic and intermediate steps and formations (see above). The focus will be less on technique and more on dancing.


ADVANCED/CHALLENGE: This course is for dancers who perform at a high level and wish to be challenged further. This will be a physically demanding class requiring a good level of physical fitness. Dancers should be proficient in the above steps and formations. The class aims to expand the repertoire of advanced formations and dances; polish individual technique with continued emphasis on teamwork, phrasing, and covering; and increase the quality of dancing physically demanding formations and dances.

                                                      

                     Summer School Teaching Staff

 

Graham Donald -  Las Palmas, Spain

 

Barbara Johnston  -  Edmonton, Alberta

 

Jen Schoonover  -  Boston, Massachusetts

 

Rachel Shankland - Edinburgh, Scotland

 

 

What is TCW (Teachers' Conference Weekend)?

TCW is an annual event hosted by TAC for Scottish Country Dance teachers from around the world to come together and have fun. It also serves as the Annual General Meeting of TAC on the Saturday afternoon. While only certificated teachers can attend classes, spouses/friends are welcome.

The Teachers’ Conference Weekend (TCW) is held the weekend leading into Summer School. As such it’s location varies from year to year and is hosted in North America at different university campuses across Canada and the United States.

During the days, teachers participate in a variety of dancing, educational and sharing events where they can exchange ideas and pursue issues they all face. Each year it is led by a different guest-teacher and musician. Many teachers come for the weekend only, however, they can stay a couple of extra days (TCW+) or the whole Summer School week, if they so chose.

There is a Welcome dance on the Friday evening and a Banquet and Ball on the Saturday night. This traditionally has teachers’ favourites on it with figures not always seen on a traditional social dance program.

The opportunity to dance with other teachers and share ideas (or get ideas) to improve dance classes or attract new dancers makes this an occasion not to be missed.