The Branch runs classes and dances in Scottish Country Dancing for beginners and experienced dancers as well as a lively family class. We have resumed our programme of classes and events within COVID-19 guidelines. If you would like be on our mailing list or have a question about Scottish Country Dancing in London please contact the Publicity coordinator using our contact form.
NEXT DANCE EVENT – CHRISTMAS DANCE
The Richmond class is returning to the Library Hall from next Wednesday 1st December.
There are two dates left this term: Class Dec 1st, Class party Dec 8th.
Reel 318 is due to members and subscribers at the beginning of December 2021. Reel 317 and earlier editions are all available to read online.
Consider subscribing to our quarterly magazine or become a Branch member and receive The Reel as part of your membership. The magazine features reports on Branch activities and events and has a wide range of articles on Scottish country dance and music. We welcome letters to the editor or perhaps you might like to contribute an article to the magazine.
More information on The Reel
The approximately 90 dancers and 14 musicians who attended the Day School this year were treated to excellent teaching and music culminating in a superb evening dance to music from Jim Lindsay and the Day School Musicians.
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As part of our 90th Anniversary Celebrations,
RSCDS London Branch this took place on Saturday 16 October 2021 at Allum Manor Hall, Allum Lane,Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3PJ
Dancing to the music of Ian Muir and the Craigellachie Band
Dance Programme: Miss Hadden’s Reel, Fraser’s Favourite, Miss Milligan’s Strathspey, Miss Allie Anderson, Lady Susan Stewart’s Reel, The Gentleman, The Dancing Master, Argyll Strathspey, The Westminster Reel, Major Ian Stewart, The Earl of Mansfield, The Glasgow Highlanders, Farewell to Balfour Road, Cramond Bridge, Culla Bay, The New Rigged Ship, Jean Martin of Aberdeen, The Montgomeries’ Rant
Plus 90th Anniversary Dance Competition winning dance – London Nine-O
130 dancers attended the Branch’s 90th Anniversary Ball on Saturday night.
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London Branch Dance Devising Competition – RESULTS
Trialing dancers, musician and teacher with London Branch chair, Joanne Lawrence and president, Rachel Wilton
On Saturday 11 September 2021 eight dancers, a teacher, a musician, twelve observers drawn from the Branch committee and long standing Branch members, plus a videographer assembled in the upper hall of St Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge, London. All had generously foregone some early morning sleep to be there for doors opening at 9.00am. The Branch is most grateful to them and staff at St Columba’s for making this one-off event possible. We were especially pleased to welcome Branch president, Rachel Wilton and vice-president, Mary Barker. COVID precautions were observed throughout. Read more »
Please can we ask that any online booking/payment for classes is made no later than the evening before the class. This will help us with our administration.
Our first dance at St Columba’s, Pont Street on Saturday 18 September 2021 since the COVID situation brought a halt to live dancing was a great success. Many dancers came to support the Branch and enjoy the lively music of Dave Hall and his SCD Band – Dave Hall (accordion), Ali Forbes (keyboard) and Christina Hood (violin).
Dance programme: Pelorus Jack, Mrs MacLeod, Cape Town Wedding, Miss Allie Anderson, Cherrybank Gardens, Trip to Timber Ridge, The Bees of Maggieknockater, Asilomar Romantic, The Black Mountain Reel, Kendall’s Hornpipe, Mrs Milne of Kinneff, The Music Will Tell You, The New Rigged Ship, The Haar on Skye, John of Bon Accord, Jean Martin of Aberdeen, Best Set in the Hall, Da Rain Dancin’.
Photos and video courtesy Petar Petkovic
See other videos from the New Season Dance on our YouTube channel
We now offer the opportunity to pay online for Branch classes. Check the individual class pages for details and link to the online form.
Return to dance!
London Branch had a wonderful return to dance at the Open Air dancing in Kensington Gardens on 21 and 28 August. Massive thanks to James Fairbairn for his meticulous organisation which made the whole thing possible.
James also acted as MC on 28 August, enticing an ever growing number of passers-by to join members and friends of London Branch in dancing to the music of Dave Hall and Ali Forbes. The previous week, Frank Reid provided the music and Jim Cook acted as MC , inspiring dancers to brave the threatened rain and enjoy the dance.
It was good to see so many old faces, reunited after too long apart. We were delighted to welcome new dancers and we thank those who came for their willingness to join in. Please do come to other London Branch events, it was a pleasure to dance with you!
Thank you to James, Jim, Frank, Dave, Ali and all who helped make our first foray back to dance so pleasurable.
We now look forward to our New Season Dance on Saturday 18 September and to classes resuming on Wednesday 22 September at Park Walk, Richmond and Pont Street. Our COVID safety guidelines may be found here or on the right hand side of the website front page.
Please check with the website and eUpdate for further details. Read more »