Youth Co-ordinator Debbie Roxburgh
5 Richmond St, Whanganui, 4500 email Debbie here
I started Scottish Country Dancing in Christchurch in 1975, dancing 3 or more times a week and enjoying the tuition of many excellent teachers. In 1984 I relocated to Whanganui, married Paul, and two years later began SCD teacher training completing the RSCDS Teaching Certificate in 1989.
I currently teach at the Glendarroch Club taking 2 adult classes and 1 children’s class each week. I am active in encouraging new teachers and mentoring candidates for their RSCDS teaching examinations. I have taught at numerous summer schools, and day and weekend schools throughout New Zealand, and twice taught at the annual RSCDS Summer School at St. Andrews.
I am passionate about sharing my love of dancing and aim to teach in a way that makes dancing accessible and fun people of all ages whilst encouraging everyone to dance to the best of their abilities.
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I began dancing at the age of 11 in Waikanae, being taught by Glenys Mills. Both my parents danced and when my sisters and I were old enough, we were allowed to dance in the adult class as well (no JAM class then). A few years later we moved to Palmerston North and I have continued dancing at the Manawatu club, as well as attending Glendarroch in Wanganui on a regular basis. As a junior member, I was lucky enough to be able to sit and achieve all the JAM medal tests. This then led to me working towards my RSCDS Teaching Certificate, which I achieved at the Cambridge summer school 2013/2014. I am currently the tutor for the Manawatu Scottish Country Dance Club in Palmerston North, teaching both an adults class and a children's class. I have attended many Summer Schools, day schools and weekend schools around the country and in Australia as a dancer and I have also had the privilege of teaching at them as well.
After getting hooked into SCD in early 2006, I have now been dancing for 10 years. I dance in Auckland and am taught by two wonderful tutors. After being introduced to the NZ Summer Schools, I have attended them each year. I have been very lucky in being able to attend dancing events internationally. I’ve travelled to Australia seven times for the annual Australian Winter School, and twice to Scotland to attend Summer School in St Andrews. In my ‘other life’, my day job is working in a primary school library and resource room. It is the same school I went to as a student, so there have been a few familiar faces on the rest of the staff.
I am returning to the JAM Committee after three years of organising memberships and distributions of Jigs And More, to now take over the editing of Jigs And More from Hazel who has been managing it for the last couple of years.
I started dancing at the Tokoroa Club when I was 6 years old. But it wasn’t until my early teens as I started dancing with the adults that I became more involved and attended all the evening functions.
As well as the Saturday night dances I have attended most JAM Camps and several Summer Schools, in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.
Since moving to Wellington in 2010 I have become a familiar face to most clubs in the region, dancing at up to three clubs each week (and not always at the same clubs). I was part of the organising committee for the AWEsome Weekend School (a weekend of dancing for ages 18-39), I am a current member of the Lower Hutt Club committee and as of 2016 I also teach at Kelburn Club.
And now, of course, I am also part of the JAM Committee, taking over the JAM registrations and memberships.