Workshop
Douglas Henderson Dances

Sunday 20th November 2022

2.15-4.45 pm

Admission £6; Student £3

Teacher: Susan Robertson
Music by Scott Band

Please bring your own refreshments

Harris Academy Dance Studio
Perth Road

(The car park is accessed via a ramp towards the west of the school on Perth Road. Press a pad to the right of the doors for entry and follow signs to the Physical Education Department. The dance studio is along the corridor and to the right.)

Douglas Henderson was a Dundonian and an enthusiastic Scottish Country Dance teacher. He worked for D.C. Thomson for 53 years. During the war he served in the RAF’s engineering branch rising to the rank of Squadron Leader. He taught Dundee Branch classes for 50 years and while in the RAF he helped to start the Hereford SCD Club.

Douglas attended the RSCDS Summer School in St Andrews and gained his teacher’s certificate in 1937. He devised a number of dances and different figures. The most well known include the ‘Baldovan Set’, comprising a jig, a Strathspey and a reel, the latter containing Crown Triangles, a movement which he devised.  

He also produced little booklets to raise money for charity. The Kinclaven Pocket Book contained the Strathspey, ‘Kinclaven Bridge’, which still occasionally appears on dance programmes and the ‘Blue Mess Jacket’, another Strathspey, referring back to his RAF service. One of his dances, a reel, ‘The Glens of Angus’, was published by the RSCDS in Book 23, and included a new progression, the ‘Spurtle’. He also devised another figure “Balance in line right round” which must be the forerunner of the Spoke, which later appeared in ‘Johnnie’s Welcome Hame’ by Neil Grant in Book 32. It is thought that he published about 45 dances in total.