The JAM Committee
Debbie Roxburgh (email)
5 Richmond St, Whanganui 4500
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.
Nicole Trewavas (email)
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.
Chris Totton (Email)
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.
Newsletter ‘Jigs and More’
Emily Currall (email)
I began dancing in 2011 at the Hibiscus Coast Club in Auckland and then moved to Ceilidh Club in Dunedin when I began university in Otago. I have attended a few Summer Schools, many weekend classes and have recently begun learning to teach Scottish Country Dancing. I spend my days teaching Science to students at The Catlins Area School and enjoy taking my German Shorthair Pointer, Tara, for walks.
I have recently taken on the role of “Editor” for the Jigs and More newsletter from Amy and am looking forward to the changes that this will bring.