Graham Donald         

I joined the RSCDS when I was living in my home town of Edinburgh and I danced with the Demonstration team there for a number of years. More recently I have been teaching at dance schools across the UK as well as in Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand.

In addition to dancing and teaching I have attended other courses with the RSCDS. I am an approved RSCDS adjudicator and I have adjudicated at various festivals in the UK and in Japan. I am also an approved tutor and have successfully presented candidates for each of the unit examinations both locally and at St Andrews.

Dancing is a huge source of fun and friendship and it is always great to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances.

Away from dancing, I have recently retired as managing director of a computer software business in financial services. I now live on the island of Gran Canaria which is part of Spain, enjoying relaxing days in the sunshine.

 
 
Linda Henderson

Originally from North Berwick, near Edinburgh, Linda now lives in California and teaches all levels of classes in the San Francisco Branch. Like most Scottish children, she started country dancing in Primary School; she is also a former competitive Highland dancer.  Linda grew up in a musical household; her father has an accordion band and she used to play piano in a SCD band. Linda took her RSCDS Teaching Certificate at St. Andrews.  

Linda has taught workshops throughout Europe, the United States (including Hawaii), and Canada. She has been on staff at St. Andrews Summer School, TAC Summer School and Pinewoods Dance Camp.   

Linda is also an experienced ceilidh caller and can often be found leading the dances at weddings and parties in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  It gives her great pleasure to share her heritage, and to inspire others to also enjoy the music, fun and friendships made through Scottish Country Dancing.  

 

Jan McCudden 

Highland dancing, begun at age five, was my passion for 30 years as a competitor, teacher and adjudicator, however raising three children and fulltime involvement in the family business meant dancing was put on hold for almost 25 years. My introduction to SCD was meeting the indomitable Catherine Bonner “don’t sit down! you didn’t come to watch!” Her enthusiasm, guidance and encouragement set me on the path to teach. With tutoring by Elma See and Ros McKie, mentoring by Bill Unger, and incredible support of Scots on The Rocks and Gosford clubs I completed Unit 5 in 2015. I teach at regular weekly classes, day and weekend workshops, courses for beginners to intermediate, from ceilidh to advanced technique, and the highlight is always sharing the joy by teaching others to dance. On a personal note, my family takes precedence, and I’m very lucky to be a hands-on Nana to my six grandchildren. I also enjoy gardening, coffee & red wine!

 

Patsy Marks 

I started life in Seymour, then a small country town about 100kms north of Melbourne. Apart from the annual primary school ball (yes, we learnt ballroom dancing) there were no other dancing classes, so I became a Brownie instead and learnt several life skills such as tying a reef knot, plaiting and darning.

Moving to the city and a new primary school, the older sister of a classmate began an Irish dancing class in the local hall. I became an enthusiastic dancer and continued until my last year of schooling.

After a few years’ break and my librarianship qualifications achieved, I discovered the bush music scene and quickly became a member of their dance demonstration group and there I met my husband, Ian. We had some great times and a lot of fun, and then the family arrived and dancing took a giant step backwards until one day, while waiting to collect our children, a friend mentioned she was going to try Scottish Country Dancing that evening. I went along to keep her company, decided I really enjoyed it and continued dancing, while she fell by the wayside.

I passed my full teaching certificate in 2006 and these days teach 2 classes with the Stonnington Scottish Country Dancers and various Branch classes and schools. 

 


Cairistiona Tait


I was brought up in a dancing family, which is not surprising considering my parents met at a SCD Social, only days after my father arrived in Melbourne! My brother and I were taken to socials as small children, growing up within the Melbourne and District Branch and looking at dancing as an extension of our family. 

Originally I was more interested in Highland Dancing, only attending SCD functions as family events, however it was SCD, in the long run, that won me over.

I’ve been attending SCD functions for as long as I can remember and always having fun, which led to joining the Society as at 8 years of age. After several years of convincing I eventually attained my Full Certificate in 1996 which has led to teaching at various Branch classes and schools within Melbourne, interstate and in New Zealand.

I often joke that I only work to support my shoe and dancing additions, which would be funny if it wasn’t so true!