2019 Programme - April 13-14-15

April 13-14-15, 2019.

SWCPDD is three days of piping, drumming and dancing, learning and fun with tuition from experienced international and national instructors with an emphasis on identifying key areas of improvement and developing strategies to enhance performances. Topics may include basic and advanced exercises, practice techniques, music selection for solo and band performances, music theory, maintenance, tuning and preparation for competition. A Dress & Drill component is included in the program for Drum Majors and other interested persons.

In conjunction with the VPA, We are delighted to welcome back Terry Tully. Terry (former PM of the 2010 World Champion St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band and noted composer) will again be one of our leading piping tutors. Terry is also a noted soloist, and is at the forefront of Irish music in the piping world, and is renowned for arranging traditional and contemporary Irish music for the bagpipes.

We are also delighted to welcome back Stuart Easton from New Zealand, current winner of the Argylshire Gathering Gold Medal. Stuart won the Gold Medal on his first attempt, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team.

We are also pleased to welcome Stuart's wife, Shelley, who will be a part of the highland dancing team along with Pat Gush and her son Andrew Gush from South Africa. This experienced team will lead both SOB and VSU dancing genres.

Drumming will be lead by Dean Hall (PBA Principal of Drumming) and Dougall McConnell. Other drumming tutor announcements will follow shortly as final arrangements are confirmed.

Applicants are requested to note that there is a separate registration form for Pipers, Drummers, Drum Majors, and Dancers. All dancing queries should be directed to Lisa Barker at ardlair@internode.on.net

Registration forms for 2019 will shortly be available for download.

Register your interest via email to mriches@activ8.net.au
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2019 Dancing Registration Form - April 13-14-15

SWCPDD is delighted to announce the dancing programme for the dancing component of the workshop. The 2019 programme will feature international tutors with both VSU and SOB credentials. We are pleased to announce Shelley Easton from New Zealand will be one of the lead VSU dancing tutors, and we welcome back Pat Gush from South Africa, this time supported by her son Andrew Gush for the SOB programme.
Highland Hustle ‘bootcamp’
Two qualified HH instructors will run up to  5 HH sessions over the SWCPDD weekend.  Although arrangements are yet to be finalised, it is anticipated there will be one session Friday, three on Saturday (first thing, mid day, afternoon), and one on Sunday.  This is in addition to our current classes for competitive dancers, and is a great opportunity to engage with all workshop participants and even the general public.
Participants can try just one session, or if they like this new initiative, can sign up for all five sessions if they wish to do so!
I was imagining that if someone wanted to do all 5 sessions they could register via the ‘dancer registration form’ (primarily to get the EB discount etc), however we could also have payment on the day for those keen to do a session or two.
Parent/Teacher sessions (for dancers)
This is an opportunity to discuss support and opportunities for teachers, and also education and support of parents at grass roots level to help grow and benefit highland dancing.  Therefore, there will be parent/teacher sessions offered on our dancing program this year.

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Downloadable documents:

SWCPDD Dancing Registration Form 2019 - coming soon!

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