Residents entertained by dancers

COLOURFUL swishes of tartan swirled around the community room at Invercargill’s Ascot Care Home recently as Winton Scottish Country Dance Club members entertained residents with lively, traditional Scottish dancing.
Club life member and tutor Alison Warden, of Invercargill, has been a dance tutor for 39 years, and travels to Winton to lead weekly classes.
‘‘I have always enjoyed Scottish country dancing. I began when I lived in Scotland when I was a 9-year-old at school.’’
Asked what the most enjoyable aspects were, she said the fun, the company, and the style of dancing.
The club began almost 50 years ago and currently has 13 members. Secretary/treasurer Jenene Irwin, of Winton, said they met on Tuesdays at 7pm the Winton RSA Hall throughout the winter months, from April to August.
‘‘It’s great for exercise and friendship… and the Scottish music and traditions. No dancing experience is needed and people don’t need to have a partner, so both men and women can join in.’’
One of the original members, Irene Ward, of Winton, who was in her early 90s, still came along most dance nights, Mrs Irwin said.
‘‘Even though she can’t dance at the moment, she still comes along to watch.’’
The club welcomes more members. For more information phone Alison Warden, 03 215 4113.

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