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 – CHRISTMAS DANCE
Our next class takes place this Saturday 10 November at Fresh Ground Church of the Nazarene Church from 10.30 – 11.45am. A great way to introduce your children to the fun and energy of Scottish Country Dancing. Bring the family along and have a go!
Teachers James Fairbairn and Jenny Kendrick
Cost: £5 per person or £10 per family
See our Family class page for more details.
Dancers representing London Branch took part in the annual Dance Around the World Festival at Cecil Sharp House, Camden , London on Sunday 28 October. This festival highlights the many forms of traditional dance which take place in the UK.
Our team danced a 20 minute demonstration in the Kennedy Hall and followed this with a one hour afternoon workshop led by Andrew Kellett which introduced participants to the fun of Scottish Country Dance.
Photos courtesy Margaret Catchick
Some of our Beginners Class dancers attended the Autumn Wednesday dance on 24 October 2018. They and other enthusiastic dancers danced The Brudenell Jig, A Highland Welcome, MacDonald of the Isles, Flowers of Dunbeg, Gramachie, Granville Market, Catch the Wind, The Old Man of Storr, The Machine without Horses, The Wind on Loch Fyne, The Lass of Richmond Hill, Fair Enough, The Minister on the Loch, The Reel of the 51st Division. The lively music from Sandra Smith on piano and Barbara Manning on fiddle led to several encores and a fun evening was had by all. Read more »
Our Day School on Saturday 20 October 2018 was a great success with about 115 dancers and 18 musicians in attendance. Hopefully those who missed it this year will be able to make it next year.
Thanks go to all those who helped on the day with a particularly big thank you to Margaret Shaw her daughter Sarah, sister Anne and Lena Robinson who provided us with excellent refreshments and who didn’t stop all day. Thank you also to our MC Simon Wales for the evening dance and to Ian Robertson and the Day School musicians whose music was superb to dance to.
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Our classes start again on Wednesday 19 September. We have a class for beginners and improvers with teacher Davinia Miln and for intermediate and advanced dancers with teachers Pat Davoll/Maureen Campbell which take place at Park Walk Primary School. See class pages for details of location, cost and dates.
We also run another class in Richmond and a mixed ability class at St Columba’s Church.
We had a sunny day for our final dance session this year in Kensington Gardens.
Photos courtesy Stephen Webb 2018
The first of our series of Family dance classes takes place on Saturday 15 September 2018 at our venue at Fresh Ground Church of the Nazarene, Battersea from 10.30 – 11.45am.
We also will be running a Family dance on 23 March 2019 (more details to follow).
Reel 305 is now out for members and subscribers. With a wealth of articles on what’s happening in the Scottish dance community, details of London Branch dances and classes and local events listings this is a magazine you can’t afford to miss!
Become a member of London Branch or subscribe to The Reel to get 4 issues a year. See The Reel page for details.
Archive copies are available to read online.
Were you in Kensington Gardens this afternoon? A fun session of dancing easy Scottish dances for all ages took place to music from Caledonian Reelers and expert guidance from MC James Fairbairn. Although a couple of rain showers sent people running for shelter under the trees, the sun soon returned and people also got the chance to view a demonstration of Scottish country dancing to music played on the bagpipes.
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Crowds gathered to watch and join in the first of this year’s open air dancing sessions in Kensington Gardens. Scottish dancers, tourists visiting London on holiday and others visiting the park who were drawn to the lawn in front of the bandstand by the music provided by the band Kafoozalum, enjoyed two hours of dancing easy Scottish and ceilidh dances.
Under the guidance of MC James Fairbairn they had fun dancing a selection of jigs and reels. The Branch demonstration team also gave a display.
View a video of the demonstration team’s display on our Branch YouTube page.
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