Dancers from Borders towns gathered for a special dance at St Ronan’s School in Innerleithen to honour Julia and Rod Sharp, pictured, and to celebrate the former’s award from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for her outstanding service to dancing in the region.
Julia and Rod started their first Scottish Country Dance (SCD) club 60 years ago in Jedburgh. At the time, Scottish Country Dancing was rather formal and purist, and their intention was to make it more fun.
They certainly succeeded. Their class thrived and evolved into the Jedburgh SCD Club. They subsequently founded the Drumlanrig club in Hawick, which they ran for 13 years, and the St Ronan’s club in Innerleithen.
In addition, for many years, Julia and Rod travelling between towns every week, running two of those classes at the same time.
Julia was trained in Scottish Country Dancing to the highest level, obtaining a Full Teacher’s Certificate in 1966.
Rod assembled one of the most comprehensive collections of Scottish Country Dance music.
Julia’s award from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is only the second granted in the region.