Down Memory lane

November 14th, 2016 Tap dancer and dance lecturer Jo Turbitt came in this morning to meet Marie. The chat and the dance was great. Jo is really knowledgeable about the history of tap and really enthusiastic to know details about tappers who danced before her. Marie was keen to know about Jo’s hoofer American rhythmContinue reading “Down Memory lane”

The Barre & The Bar

November 7th, 2016 We were in one of the Festival Theatre bars today and practised some of the steps we’ve been doing for a while now with our ballet barre at the bar!  Marie’s tap dancing generates a lot of interest from cleaners, carpet fitters and any other Festival Theatre staff who happen to beContinue reading “The Barre & The Bar”

Photos in the Handbag

October 31st, 2016 Both Marie and June brought in photos today. The one of Marie doing a back-bend on a pole, she is so bendy!, and the one of June in a Moxon Girls line up. June had hers in her handbag, in the frame, so I think had taken it directly off the wall.Continue reading “Photos in the Handbag”

Meeting Doreen

October 24th, 2016 We had a few guests today, a PHD student in dementia studies at Stirling and Paula Lopez a producer from Brazil visiting Scotland as a delegate with Luminate. And we had the privilege of being on Festival Theatre’s main stage (a rare opportunity as it is so rarely ‘dark’) Marie again wasContinue reading “Meeting Doreen”

The Tap Mats Arrive!

October 17th, 2016 Hooray, our tap mats have arrived! We have purchased four, sturdy, hefty mets that are perfect for the carpet on the Empire Rooms floor. We can’t wait to get tap shoes on and give them a go! They sound great! Marie complains about no longer ‘having spring in her step’ and goesContinue reading “The Tap Mats Arrive!”

Working in the Now

October 10th, 2016 “Great to get dancing in Festival Theatre’s Studio Theatre today with Marie. An opportunity to really dance, because of space and the floor quality. What a great teacher Marie is, with clarity, precision, and patience. We tried to master the new steps, it will take some time though. It’s hard! Marie’s technical understanding andContinue reading “Working in the Now”

An Unexpected Direction

May 4th, 2016 “A meeting with Paul Hudson from Festival Theatre today. Bowled over by the vivacity, skills knowledge and energy of June and Marie, we begin talking about the potential and possibility of making a film with and about them and of them creating a live performance. A bold and unexpected direction has unfolded! Continue reading “An Unexpected Direction”

Meeting Marie

April 28th, 2016 “Our first meeting with Marie (pronounced ‘Marry’) Duthie is set up through email correspondence with her daughter Morna. Marie was one half of the Raymond Sisters. I travelled by bus to her home where she and her home-carer graciously entertained me, sharing with me Marie’s wonderfully neatly packed, labelled, and organized suitcaseContinue reading “Meeting Marie”