Heather Cowan has danced for most of her years starting as a girl in Forres then Edinburgh then London then Glasgow. Heather has danced and taught at Summer School in St Andrews, Spring Fling (teacher in London, attendee at many) and AGM classes in Perth. She also taught at Winter School in Pitlochry 2016.
Heather’s personal dancing highlights are meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2011 on behalf of the RSCDS and dancing for her Majesty at Holyrood Palace in 2013 in the youth team (while 20 weeks pregnant) when the Diamond Jubilee book was presented. Heather has always been a strong supporter of youth in dancing and was at the forefront of hosting Spring Fling in Glasgow in 2008. She is delighted to be back teaching as part of the Spring Fringe event for Glasgow 2018.
Peter Knapman comes from Glasgow but spent much of his childhood in Hampshire. He started dancing when at University in London and danced in the London branch demonstration team and then the Glasgow branch team. He has run a successful SCD class in Bearsden for over 30 years.
Peter has been a strong advocate of all aspects of traditional social dance in Scotland and started a Ceilidh dance class for the Glasgow branch in the 1990s and has called at Ceilidhs for over 30 years. He has an interest in the history of social dancing in Scotland and a fascination with Quadrilles and other dances that were regularly danced in the 19 C.
Peter also has an interest in all aspects of traditional music in Scotland and enjoys making music with friends and the occasional opportunity to play (piano) for Scottish Country Dance classes.
William is a native of Dumfriesshire. He learned Scottish Highland and Country Dancing as a child . William studied in Edinburgh and afterwards took up a teaching post at Moffat Academy. Away from education, William was a freelance broadcaster and a well known singer and has a recording of songs from Dumfries and Galloway called “ My Bonnie Gallowa” and another called “The Folks Who Live On The Hill”.
Scottish Country Dancing has always played a large part in William’s life and he performs and teaches in many parts of the world. In 1980 he danced for the Royal Family at Holyrood Palace for the Queen Mothers 80th birthday. He is a long time member of the Dumfries Branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and has taught at the Societies AGM, Winter School, Summer School and overseas.
William enjoys walking in the hills and promoting the culture of Scotland.
Children’s classes will be organised by Caroline Holmes ably assisted by a group of young teachers from in and around Glasgow.
Caroline grew up dancing in Edinburgh before spending many years working with the University group in St Andrews. She now does a lot of work with the young teachers and dancers in Glasgow and is enthusiastic about working with children in particular. She is part of the driving force behind the momentum of the young Scottish Country Dancing scene in Glasgow, focusing her time and energy on supporting the teachers of the University and Alumni groups. She is a Primary school teacher by day and is experienced in teaching the Alba children of all ages too.
As well as teaching the Glasgow Joint Venture Advanced class, Caroline is also a qualified Highland teacher- so her classes are always full of fun and unusual variations. She is looking forward to teaching the children’s classes in April.
John is one of the best known and popular band leader/entertainers in Scotland today with many recordings to his credit. John has produced, presented and played on Television, Radio and in theatres all over the world. He was the Accordion and Fiddle Association of Scotland’s guest of honour in 2004 and he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Former Scottish Accordion champion, John plays regularly for the Queen at Balmoral Castle and has toured with many of Scotland’s top artists Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth McKellar, Calum Kennedy and others.
He has adjudicated on many occasions at the All Scotland Accordion Championship as well as the National Mod and the Musselburgh Festival.
Ian is based in Prestwick and has been involved in playing for Scottish dancing in all its forms for the past 40 years. Scottish Country Dancing, Ceilidh and Old Time dancing have been the mainstay of his long career in music. As well as playing for dancing, he has performed solo in Scottish Variety theatres throughout the country. He formed his own Scottish Dance Band in 1984 and has been a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme not only as a bandleader but for 2 summer seasons as the programme’s presenter.
He combines playing duties with his tutorial role as principal accordion tutor in the Scottish Music Department at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a post he has now held for 21 years.
Alan comes from Falkirk. He has played for Scottish Country Dancing since he was 13, joined the Lothian Scottish Dance Band at 16 and made his first broadcasts on BBC and local radio stations shortly thereafter as well as having several recording credits.Alan has performed all over the world and after forming his own Band in 1997, is much in demand for playing dances both as a band and as a solo musician. He has also been regularly invited to play at RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews. He played for the original Drewry Days of Dance in Stirling with John Drewry and is very appreciative of the opportunities he had in his early career to regularly work with, and learn from, some of the great teachers and devisors including John, Derek Haynes and many others. Alan also plays regularly for classes including local weekly general, and monthly technique classes.
Away from playing Alan has had a career in the public sector and works for the Scottish Government in Glasgow. His other interest include photography, ballroom dancing, the theatre and travel. Alan enjoys playing and meeting people and his belief is to always remember that your audience is who you are playing for, and to give them a good nights dancing!