History of SERTA

A meeting of interested teachers was held in January 2006 when it was decided to:

  • create a database of all those teaching [Scottish dance] classes in the region, whether qualified or not, also those wishing to qualify as teachers
  • circulate those on the list with any relevant information
  • hold teachers’ workshops
  • develop support of structures for new teachers
  • act as a point of reference for all those teaching in the region
  • maintain a loose structure under the auspices of the South East BranchesSERTA Workshop

We held our first workshop in September 2006 and since then we have met regularly twice a year at various locations close to the M25.  Our workshops generally attract between 24 and 32 people, mainly but not exclusively from SE England.  Reports of the workshops are distributed to those on the mailing list and published in the RSCDS London Branch publication “The Reel” and by some other SE branches.  Each workshop finishes with an open session at which anyone can raise topics for discussion.

Full details of our Workshops held to date are available on our Past Workshops page of this website.

Since that first meeting in 2006 until 2017, workshops were organised by Rachel Wilton (London Branch) and Mervyn Short (Berks/Hants/Surrey Borders Branch) with Mike Johnson (London Branch) organising communication with members.  Jane Rose joined the organising group from 2014.

A web-site was set up www.serta.org.uk  which was run by Meryl Thomson and which includes our workshop reports and other useful information.  Other items of interest were also circulated to SCD teachers, such as details of day and weekend schools and clubs’ requests for teachers.

When originally set up, SERTA came under the umbrella of the SE Branches Co-ordinating Committee.  Whilst we declined the RSCDS official invitation to join in 2008, RSCDS Chairman Alex Grey later decreed that all Teachers Associations were affiliated and currently details of our Association can be found on the Teachers’ Associations page of the RSCDS website.

In 2016 we celebrated 10 years of success with a fabulous weekend in Bournemouth (full details also on our Past Workshops page).

After that weekend, the original organisers stepped down and a new team are now organising our workshops and communications.  A Constitution has been drawn up and a new bank account opened so that members can pay electronically for workshops.  We no longer come under the auspices of the SE Branches Co-ordinating Committee.  A committee was provisionally installed in March 2017 and expects to be ratified in March 2018.