I come from a very musical family and started dancing at 5 years of age under the influence of my mother, who was a piano teacher and my father, who was a piper and dance teacher best known for devising the dance Angus MacLeod. I qualified as a teacher of Scottish Country Dance in 1993, and I hope that this has enabled me to inspire a love of music and dance in others.
I have 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. I have also been very fortunate to receive invitations to teach around the world in such diverse locations as Japan, Russia, USA, Canada and across Europe. In addition to teaching, I am a dance deviser and composer of Scottish music, and have published my own book of dances as well as providing dances for other publications. My music has been recorded by a number of Scottish dance bands including my own.
I enjoy promoting good technique and derive a great deal of satisfaction from seeing dances performed to a high standard. My classes seek to help all abilities of dancer to achieve their own personal best whilst ensuring that they have fun!
Having been made so very welcome in Canada and the USA in recent years, particularly on the East coast, I am especially looking forward to teaching at the Argyle weekend and seeing many friends again.
Andy Taylor-Blenis was born into the dancing family of Marianne and Conny Taylor and for her, dancing was breathing. Her International Folk Dance teaching began young, she received her RSDCS certification at 18 and later her BFA from UMass Amherst. She teaches classes for all ages in Modern/Jazz, IFD and SCD. Currently she is artistic director for the Boston Scottish Country Dancers of the RSCDS Boston Branch, Wheaton College Dancers, Mladost Folk Ensemble and Back Pocket Dancers.