Charles was introduced to Scottish Country Dancing by his then girlfriend (now his wife). He was hooked after dancing for the entire evening of the Boston Highland Ball having only started Scottish dancing a couple of months earlier. Charles enjoyed Scottish dancing and music in the Boston area so much that he decided to train as a teacher. After receiving his teaching certification, he served as the chair of the Teaching and Music Committee of the RSCDS Boston Branch, organizing many workshops to promote dancing, share teaching ideas and cultivate new dance teachers. He now teaches regularly in the Cambridge, Albany and Salem classes of the Boston Branch.
What makes Charles love Scottish Country Dancing is not just the precise footwork and geography of the dances, but the unique energy from dancing to good Scottish tunes and interacting with others on the dance floor. He encourages dancers to pay attention to the music, support fellow dancers, and work together as a team, which is often more rewarding than focusing only on the steps and figures of the dance. Besides Scottish dancing, Charles dabbles in playing Scottish tunes on the fiddle and enjoys English Country Dancing. He supports his dancing and music hobbies by working as a securities examiner in the Boston area during the day.
Ellen grew up hearing stories about her Scottish grandparents, but didn't even know about Scottish Country dancing until 1999 - a lucky accident that has led to a teaching certificate, wonderful friendships and music, and more pleasure than she ever could have imagined. Shes had the honor of teaching weekly classes and some fun workshops, including at Argyle, Scottish Weekend, and Pinewoods. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the smiles on dancers' faces when they "get" how all the elements of SCD add up to a great time. While COVID was bad, it really brought home that so much of the reason we love SCD is the joy and energy of being together on the dance floor.