Salsa and Swing into Spring

Gary and Susan MacDonald of Fly Right Dance return to Lewis this month to bring swing to island dancers.
Gary and Susan MacDonald of Fly Right Dance return to Lewis this month to bring swing to island dancers.
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March is here and spring is in the air, so why not put a spring in your step with two spectacular dance weekends being delivered by An Lanntair arts centre this month.

Next weekend (14th to 16th) it’s Salsa time as Inverness based teacher Jermaine will be introducing islanders to the Latin rhythms.

And the following weekend (March 21st to 24th) sees the return of the wonderful Fly Right dancers Gary and Susan MacDonald – who stunned audiences at the Great Island Bake Off/Fly Right Tea Dance event in January – and this time swing is the thing!

The Salsa weekend includes classes for all levels of dancers, as well as a ‘Cocktail and Salsa’ session at the Chili Chili cocktail and vodka bar in The Jager Room, Era, Stornoway.

The weekend will also see a first ever – a hot Cuban Ceilidh blending Salsa rhythms with Ceilidh music from the fabulous Face The West.

An Lanntair Dance Development Officer Kirstie Anderson expands: “Everyone should have a go at this fun, sexy dance style. You don’t need any experience and all you folks with “no co-ordination” or “two left feet” are especially welcome!
“Our lovely teacher Jermaine will make this an accessible weekend that will have you all up on your feet. And you’re welcome to come with or without a partner.”

The second of the An Lanntair March dance weekends brings back the Fly Right Dance Company to put island dancers through their paces once again.

Following on from the 1930s Charleston and Foxtrot weekend of classes and tea dance held in January, this time the focus is on 1940s swing and related styles, as Kirstie continues: “You don’t need any experience as teachers Gary and Susan are experts at getting large groups of novice dancers up and moving in record time (15 minute Foxtrot anyone?) so you’ll quickly be jiving along with the rest of them.”

And to round off the Swing weekend classes is a Swing Night with Stornoway Big Band in the Uig Community Hall.

“Live music, dance tuition and a chance to boogie on down – what more could you want; and feel free to get dressed up in 1940s style for this event,” adds Kirstie.

A bus will be available for the Swing Night at a price of £2 per person, however as spaces are limited its advised to book as soon as possible.

Classes for the Swing Weekend are: Thursday 21st, 7.15pm to 8.45pm, Bayhead Bridge Centre, £5; Friday 22nd, venue to be confirmed; Saturday 23rd, 10am to 1pm, Bayhead Bridge Centre, Swing workshop plus mini demo of 1940s hair and make-up how do, £5; Saturday 24th – 8pm-11pm, Uig Community Hall, Swing Night with Stornoway Big Band, £10.

And classes for the Salsa Weekend are: Thursday 14th, 7.15pm to 8.15pm, Bayhead Bridge Centre, £5; Friday 15th, 7pm to 8pm, Chili Chili, Salsa and Cocktails (strictly Over 18s), free entry; Saturday 16th, 10am to 1pm, Bayhead Bridge Centre, £5; Saturday 16th, 8.30pm, An Lanntair, Cuban Ceilidh with Face the West, £10.

There are a limited number of Weekend Passes available that gain entry into all of the events for just £15 – but these are bound to go fast, so please order soon.

Tickets and more information is available from An Lanntair Box Office, call in or visit