Cyprus 2017



6th International Branch Weekend and Holiday in Pafos, Cyprus

28th April – 1st May 2017: Dance Weekend

The workshop will take place at the Avanti Hotel.

Teaching the classes we have:

Ellie Briscoe


Ellie Briscoe (Alexandria VA, USA)


Ellie Briscoe took her Teacher's Certificate at the TAC Summer School at St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, in 1982, where she met her husband, Mel, and has taught at workshops across North America and in Japan. She has tutored RSCDS teacher candidates for nearly 20 years, and in 2016 was appointed an RSCDS Examiner. Her favourite aspects of SCD are the music and how it drives the covering and phrasing, the teamwork, and the way people grin when they "get it". Before she retired, Ellie was a manager in the National Geographic Society Library in Washington, DC for 25 years, and enjoys singing in a chorus, her two cats, and taking photographs and watching fish while scuba diving.

Jean Dodds (Adelaide, AUSTRALIA)

Jean Dodds was born in Scotland and at 10 years old travelled with her family by sea to Adelaide, South Australia as “10 pound migrants”.  At the age of 12 she began Highland Dancing which she embraced with a passion.  As well as competing, she completed all of the exams, including the Australian Adjudicators’ Exam.  During a 6 year stay in Melbourne Jean was introduced to Scottish Country Dancing and completed her Teachers’ Certificate in 1988.  Since that time she has taught classes regularly in Adelaide as well as teaching workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America.  She has been a committee member of the Adelaide Branch on and off for most of her dancing life and has helped to organise 3 Australian Winter Schools.  Jean believes that SCD provides not only exercise but a friendly social environment and the opportunity to meet many like-minded dancers from all over the world.

     Jean Dodds
William Williamson      William Williamson (Amisfield, SCOTLAND)

A native of Dumfriesshire, William Williamson learned Scottish Highland and Country Dancing as a child.  After studying music in Edinburgh, William took up a teaching post at Moffat Academy, north of Dumfries, Scotland. As a freelance broadcaster, he has produced and presented programmes locally and nationally, and has been a guest on the BBC’s Saturday night dance music programme “Take The Floor”. Scottish Country Dancing has always played a large part in William’s life, and he performs and teaches in many parts of the world. He is a long-time member of the Dumfries Branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and has taught at the Society’s AGM, Winter School, and Summer School.


Music for the classes and for the evening events will be James Gray, Ian Robertson and Andrew Lyon.

Download the Friday evening dance programme, cribs and diagrams, and the Sunday Ball programme., cribs and diagrams.

In addition, the programmes are available on the Strathspey Server, numbers 8255 and 8256.


25th – 28th April and 2nd – 4th May 2017: Holiday in Cyprus

The holiday will be based at the Avanti Hotel, with optional day trips to the Baths of Aphrodite, Omodos Village, Kykkos Monastery, Aphrodite's Rock, Kolossi Castle, Lefkara Village and St Barnabas Monastery.

Download the detailed itinerary.

Anyone wishing to say any extra nights at the Avanti can do so at the same rate as being offered to the group, and they will not have to change rooms.


Applications for the weekend and holiday are now being accepted. Download the application form as a pdf or Word document, fill it in and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Getting there:

There are direct flights to Pafos and also to Larnaca from airports throughout Europe.  Here is a list of airline flying to Pafos and to Larnaca.

From Pafos airport it is a simple bus trip to the hotel for 1.5 euros. We plan to have local dancers at the airport to help guide you. Travel from Larnaca Airport to the hotel is a little more complicated. There is a regular bus service, but we also plan to organise a private shuttle for the busiest times, so let us know your flight arrangements.

This document gives more information about airlines and airports.


Here's the address if you need to contact the organising committee for any reason: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


We look forward to welcoming you at the 6th International Branch Weekend in Pafos, Cyprus!

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