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Advanced Day School 

Our next Day School is for experienced dancers who wish to have an opportunity to dance to a high standard.

The class will be led by David Queen.

~ David Queen ~

Saturday 24th November 2018

From 10:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m. 

Venue: Tarporley Community Centre, CW6 0AY

Day School Fee: £20 including refreshments and lunch.

Teacher:   David Queen

Musician:  John Browne

About David 

David started dancing at five years of age and qualified as a Scottish Country Dance teacher in 1993. He has taught regular branch classes in the north of England and workshops around the UK and also at RSCDS Schools in St Andrews, Pitlochry, New Zealand and TAC. He has also been very fortunate to receive invitations to teach around the world in such diverse locations as Japan, Russia, USA, Canada and across Europe.

David also served as a member of the RSCDS Education and Training Committee and, amongst other things, worked on the beginner’s framework during his three year term.

David enjoys promoting good technique and derives a great deal of satisfaction from seeing dances performed to a high standard. His classes seek to help all abilities of dancer to achieve their own personal best whilst ensuring that they have fun!

About John

John has always played music. He started the piano at age five, violin at age eight, accordion at 19 and concert harp at 34, and despite starting the harp so late he obtained Grade VIII in 2009. But it was watching and listening to Iain MacPhail and Sandy Nixon’s bands playing in Edinburgh in the 1980s that really inspired his passion for music making and an understanding of the drive and lift that could be provided for dancing. His presidency of the Edinburgh University New Scotland Scottish Country Dance Society in 1986 also helped this understanding. 

John started playing for Scottish country dancing with David Sturgeon’s band in 1982; fast forward a few years to 1991 and he had his first radio recording for BBC’s Take the Floor with Ian Muir and the Craigellachie Band, recorded at Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London. He has played for dances all over Great Britain, from Aberdeen to Southampton and Shetland to Jersey, and abroad in France, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. He has played for day schools for Derek Haynes, John Drewry, Roy Goldring, Bruce Frazer, Margo Priestley, Atsuko Clement, Malcolm Brown, Deb Lees, and of course David Queen.

John considers the accordion an excellent solo instrument for Scottish country dancing, and finds playing with larger ensembles when the occasion allows a particular pleasure.




~ John Browne ~

To book your place

Numbers will be limited, so please book early if you'd like to take part in what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable Day School.  For further information please contact:

Andrew Locke on 01244 460168 or by email

Click here to download an application form (PDF format) or here for the form in Word format

For this Day School it will be assumed that you have been attending classes regularly for about five years, that you have a good level of competence in the steps and standard dance formations - if you are not sure, please ask your regular class teacher for guidance.

Closing date for applications 10th November 2018

How to find us

RSCDS Cheshire Branch dances at the Community Centre, High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0AY every Wednesday during our dancing season. Click here for a map. There is a large free car park at the Community Centre.

Tarporley is on the A51/A49 about 9 miles from Chester.

Tarporley is served by a regular bus service (Arriva route 84) between Crewe/Nantwich and Chester and the bus stops right outside the Community Centre. Click here for bus information.

Do take few moments to look at our Photo Gallery for some pictures of previous Day Schools and activities.


This page was last updated on 24 May 2018