It’s beginning to look unlikely that classes will resume before September. Whilst we have plans for a ‘big bang’ return to dancing with classes and the new season dance, this will be dependent upon the success of the vaccination programme. Meanwhile we will continue to offer online events and will keep members up to date with news via the eUpdate, Website and The Reel
Stop Press: The Branch is sad to learn of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. To mark our respect, the Spring From Home event will now commence with a minute’s silence at 5pm
In place of the previously scheduled Combined Societies dance on 10 April 2021, we had an online ‘Spring from Home’ event, a joint venture from the London Highland Club, St Columba’s Dancers and London Branch.
As for the London Branch Burns Night at Home, ‘Spring from Home’ featured music, dance, poetry, quizzes, competitions and plenty of online chat.
Items included some vintage dances as well as music from Ian and Meryl Thomson and from Craigellachie. Jim Cook provided a spring themed quiz and there was poetry from Valerie Strachan and Willie Lawrence, history from Rachel Wilton and Meryl Thomson, a song from Frances Bright, and, perhaps most important of all, dance recaps from Pat Davoll, Peter Forrow and Murrough Landon to make sure that we all had the chance to dance.
We have published a few photos taken from the Branch archives showing trips the Branch dem team made abroad in 1954, 1957 and 1961.
Reel 315 is soon to arrive for members and subscribers. Reel 314 is now 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. There is usually a dance corner page which often features a new dance. We welcome letters to the editor or perhaps you might like to contribute an article to the magazine.
Details of this year’s AGM plus nomination forms for Branch Officers and Committee members are now available on the AGM page.
The Branch held a virtual Burns event from 5pm on Sunday 24 January. The evening featured vintage videos from ceilidhs past plus music, poetry and all the traditional Burns features, including the Address to a Haggis, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and the Lassies’ Response.
Watch a recording of the event on the Branch’s YouTube channel
The Scottish Dance Archives website was run by Bob and Mamie Donald for many years. Having decided to retire, they kindly asked if RSCDS London Branch would provide a place for the website archives within the London Branch website which we are pleased to do.
The information on the website includes a list of the items in the Donald Collection and an index of the over 1800 dances available in the collection, which is held at the Central Library in Edinburgh. Instructions for 250 of the dances are available on this website as PDF files.
The Donald Collection Archive can be accessed under the Archives entry on the main menu.
The Branch runs classes and dances in Scottish Country Dancing for beginners and experienced dancers. We have several classes and dances for young people too. 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 – SPRING FROM HOME (ONLINE EVENT)
|London Branch Classes|
|Beginners and Improvers Class||Wednesdays 7 – 9pm||London SW10 0AY|
|Technique Class for Intermediate and Advanced Dancers||Wednesdays 7 – 9pm||London SW10 0AY|
|Summer General Class||Wednesdays 7 – 9pm||London SW10 0AY|
|Mixed Ability Class||Wednesdays 2.30 – 4.30pm||London SW1X 0BD|
|Richmond Beginner’s and Improvers Class * see updates on page for class venue||Wednesdays 7.30 – 10pm||Richmond TW9 1DH|
|Families in London Dance Scottish||Selected Saturdays||Clapham SW11 1EQ|
|Technique Class for advanced and very advanced dancers||Selected Sundays 11.30am – 1.30pm||WC1N 1DN|
This took place on Sunday March 1 2020 at London Scottish Regimental Headquarters, 95 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2DX
An Afternoon Tea Dance with entertainment items. Music provided by Ian Robertson and his Scottish Dance Band.
Application forms for our Grand Autumn Ball are now available to apply for tickets online or download a paper form to post.
See our Grand Autumn Ball page for more details.