12 October 2020 – Update on Branch activities due to current circumstances

Coronavirus Update – all events and classes cancelled until 2021
Dear London Branch Members and dancers everywhere,
How sad it is to write this update as a consequence of the current Coronavirus situation. The London Branch Committee have now inevitably decided to cancel all London Branch classes and events until 2021.
Immediately after our successful 90th Anniversary Tea Dance took place in March, the Covid-19 axe fell and we firstly cancelled all our events for the next three months. Now, having waited as long as we could for any useful guidance from the government about the future, we have reluctantly decided to cancel all classes and dances until the end of November. Social distancing will surely persist until a Covid-19 vaccine is developed. Pundits vary in their views as to when this will be, if ever! But, once developed, there is the little problem of vaccinating 60 million people! This will take time.
Our remaining 90th anniversary events are sadly now deferred until 2021. For details of the replacement 90th Anniversary Ball and the 90th Anniversary Garden Dance, please see the “90th Anniversary Celebrations” section of this web site. Ball tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021. Alternatively ticket holders can obtain a refund.
We shall hope to resume dancing with our Winter Wednesday Dance on Wednesday 17th February 2021, preceded possibly by the reintroduction of classes. Here is hoping!
But what shall we dancers do to while away the days ahead of us? See the “Scottish Dancing At Home” section of this website for details of our “virtual” Scottish dance activities to keep us all in touch during these dark days.  Meanwhile, The Reel, the website and social media will keep you up to date with what is, or is not, happening.
The Branch and I wish you all a healthy and safe period ahead until we can meet and dance again.
Jim Cook,
Chair London Branch.

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Update for Branch events

Sadly due to the current situation, the Branch has decided to cancel our December Christmas dance, however we are considering holding a virtual event on 19 December instead – watch this space!

We have also decided to cancel our ever popular Burns’ ceilidh and dance in January 2021 but look forward to welcoming you all to our Winter Wednesday dance in February 2021.

Reel 312 is available

Reel 313 is soon to arrive for members and subscribers. Reel 312 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.

More information on The Reel


Scottish Dance Archives website

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 Scottish Dance Archives can be accessed under the Archives entry on the main menu.

Scottish Dancing at home

We have created a new Scottish Dancing at home page under the Branch Activities menu where you can find information about some of the ideas we have to while away the hours until we can all dance together again.

The page will hopefully be updated regularly. Take a look!

RSCDS London Branch

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.


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
Upcoming Dances
Christmas Dance cancelled but possible virtual event instead – Saturday 19 December 2020

90th Anniversary Tea Dance

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.

Dances: The Machine without Horses, City of Belfast, General Stuart’s Reel, Ladies’ Fancy, The Lea Rig, None so Pretty, A London Celebration, Circle Waltz, The Duke of Atholl’s Reel, The Dream Catcher, Flowers of Edinburgh, Hamilton House, Monymusk, The Reel of the 51st Division.
Over 130 dancers and invited guests enjoyed a fun afternoon of dancing and socialising with a splendid tea of sandwiches and cakes. There were several entertainment items including a recitation, highland dance displays, musical items and singing.
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