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2005 Class Schedule

Mondays - Burke, VA

* 3:00-4:00pm - Level One

* 4:00-5:00pm - Primary

* 5:30-7:00pm - Level Six

* 7:00-8:00pm - Levels Three, Four & Five

* 8:00-9:00pm - Adult Level One

* 9:00-10:00pm - Piping

Tuesdays - Burke, VA

* 3:30-4:30pm - Levels One & Two

* 4:30-5:30pm - Piping

* 5:30-6:30pm - Piping

* 6:30-7:30pm - Levels One & Two

* 7:30-8:30pm - Level Six

Thursdays - Lusby, MD

*5:00-5:30pm - Level One

* 5:30-6:30pm - Levels Two & Three

* 6:30-7:30pm - Levels Four & Five

* 7:30-8:30pm - Adult Level One

Fridays - Alexandria, VA

* 3:30-4:30pm - Piping

* 4:30-5:30pm - Levels One & Two

* 5:30-6:30pm - Piping

* 6:30-7:30pm - Level Three

* 7:30-9:00pm - Levels Four, Five & Six

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General Info for Parents

In the right-hand column of the event list you will see the "category" for the event (Competition, Performance, Workshop, Medal Tests). For new dance moms let me explain:
Dancers are invited to perform with our group when I feel they are ready. I will let you know in advance what their costume needs are and how to go about aquiring an outfit.
Dancers are generally ready to compete once they know the 5 basic dances:  The Highland Fling, the Sword Dance, the Seann Triubhas (shawn trews), the Flora and the Lilt. If your dancer is age 6 or younger they need to know:  Pas de Basques, Pas de Basques and High-cuts, The Highland Fling, and the Sword Dance.  In order to compete each dancer must become a member of the organization called FUSTA. Dues for FUSTA must be renewed ANNUALLY. I have forms for each region or you can get them by going to the FUSTA website:

If you live in Maryland or Washington DC you are in the Eastern Region and if you live in Virginia you are in the South East Region. If you get a form from me be sure you have the correct region as I carry both.
Competitions are an individual event and must be entered in advance.  Each competition has their own entry form.
When competing, dancers costumes must comply with the guidelines set on the FUSTA website.
Workshops are intensive dance classes generally lasting all day. Again these are entered individually. Workshops are put on by various organizations and the instructors vary at each.I think they are a wonderful opportunity to have someone else critique your dancing and to try new steps and dances. I require my dancers to be able to dance the five basic dances before attending.
In August I hold my own 1/2 day week-long workshop. Classes are held daily for 3 hours each day. Let me know if you are interested as the spots sometimes fill up quick!
Medal Tests:
Medal Tests are held annually (usually in the Fall). An Examiner critiques your dances and "grades you". Grades are: Fail, Pass, Pass Plus, Commended and Highly Commended. Like competition, there are different levels to go up each year. Unlike competition - you are not compared to the other dancers dancing with you, rather your grade is based on a world-wide standard for the level you are testing at. There are separate exams for the Highland dances, the National Dances, the Irish Jig, the Sailor's Hornpipe and for theory. Your levels may not be the same in each category.Upon passing your grade - you receive a certificate and medal from Scotland and a written critique of each dance from the Examiner. This is an extremely worthwhile event.
If you have any questions regarding the above information, please let me know.
Susan Walmsley, Director
The Thistle Dancers

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Sell Advertisements for SS2006

“Something Scottish 2006”

When: Saturday, March 11th ~ 3-5pm
Where: The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA
Why: To raise money for our dance school
Cost of Tickets: Advance Tickets are $15 for adults & $12 for children 12 and under
Tickets at the door are $20 for adults & $15 for children
They are on sale now!! We have 352 seats to fill.

Advertise in our program:

$100 for a Full Page – 8”x5”
$60 for a Half Page – 4”x5”
$35 for a ? Page – 2”x3.5”
Inside and back covers are $200 each

Please provide hard copy for the ad size you are purchasing.
Checks should be made out to “Susan Walmsley” and in the memo spot write “for SS2005 ad”
Only those ads paid in full will be included in the program.

All copy for ads MUST be turned in by Friday, February 24.

Please call Susan at (703) 913-6143 with any questions.

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