A BIG thank you to all involved for making Kaleidoscope a great success!

Watch this space for information about the session videos. A small number of printed conference programmes is available for sale (limited edition!) at €10 each plus packing and postage. Please contact sejmayr@yahoo.co.uk for details.

What is Kaleidoscope?

SCD Kaleidoscope is a new approach to a worldwide event for Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) enthusiasts. It will consist of presentations, discussions and, of course, dancing covering many different aspects related to Scottish Country Dancing. There will also be time for informal networking with dancers, teachers and musicians from around the world.

The concept behind the Kaleidoscope conference originated from the RSCDS Management Board Working Group tasked with considering issues outside Scotland. Accordingly, while this event focuses on topics of general interest, there is a particular emphasis on giving teachers, dancers and SCD enthusiasts from outside the UK, some of whom may not have direct access to RSCDS Branches or established groups, the opportunity to share their experiences with others and discuss topics of mutual interest in an informal setting. The speakers will be travelling to the Conference venue, which is near Geneva, from North America and Australia, as well as Continental Europe and the UK.

The event will provide ample opportunity for dancing, within the scope of the conference and at a dance on Saturday night.

SCD will be shown in its international context, and the event will provide the opportunity for representatives of the RSCDS (Chairman, Chairman Elect and Committee Convenors) to interact with participants more directly than is normally possible at other events. The RSCDS welcomes discussions about the future direction of Scottish Country Dancing and supports the importance of the Kaleidescope event.

The members of the Kaleidoscope Organising Committee are Jeff Robertson, Jerry Reinstein, Pia Walker and Susi Mayr. They are all former members of the RSCDS Management Board with many years of experience running SCD events in Europe and the UK.

SCD Kaleidoscope will take place at the Hotel Holiday Inn Thoiry near Geneva, Switzerland, on 3-5 July 2009. It will begin with dinner on Friday 3 July at 6pm and finish on Sunday 5 July at (approximately) 4.30pm.

The hotel is located close to Geneva airport and there is a complimentary shuttle service that operates every day from 6.30am to 10.30pm. Please call the hotel on arrival at the airport to request a pick-up, and proceed to the arrivals level, gate no. 4. Hotel reception can be reached at the following telephone number: +33 4 50991999.

A draft programme is available and includes a list of speakers/contributors.

The conference registration fee is €70 (including a dance on Saturday night), and accommodation in a twin room and meals (with wine) will be €260 per person.

Watch this space – further details will be made available here as they develop.

To request further information about SCD Kaleidoscope, comment on the outline given above, or submit a proposal for a paper or discussion, please contact scd.kaleidoscope1@yahoo.com.

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