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.

NEXT DANCE EVENT – BURNS CEILIDH DANCE

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 Wednesdays 7.30 – 10pm Richmond TW9 2RT
Families in London Dance Scottish Selected Saturdays Clapham SW11 1EQ
Ceilidh Sessions Selected Wednesdays 7 – 9pm London SW1X 0BD
Technique Class for advanced and very advanced dancers Selected Sundays 11am – 1pm WC1N 1DN
Upcoming Dances
Burns Ceilidh Dance Saturday 12 January 2019
Winter Wednesday Dance Wednesday 20 February 2019
Combined Societies Dance Saturday 30 March 2019
Summer Wednesday Dance Wednesday 29 May 2019

Christmas Dance 2018 report

Photo courtesy Jerry Reinstein.

Despite torrential rain, over 90 dancers attended the Branch Christmas dance on Saturday 15 December 2018 and were treated to superb music from David Hall and his SCD Band as well as delicious refreshments provided by Margaret Shaw and her team. Rachel Wilton and Danielle Reinstein were our excellent MCs for the evening. It was a really wonderful start to the Christmas festivities. 


Dance programme: The Hollin Buss, Catch the Wind, Gramachie, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The First of September, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Orpington Caledonians, Culla Bay, Cadgers in the Canongate, Follow Me Home, The Glasgow Highlanders, The College Hornpipe, Over the Water to Charlie (New Way), Cape Town Wedding, Glastonbury Tor, Fair Enough, Miss Eleanor, The Reel of the Royal Scots.

Reel 306 now out

Reel 306 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.

Dance Around the World 2018

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

Autumn Wednesday 2018 report and photos

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 »

Branch Day School 2018 report and photos

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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Open Air Dancing 25 August 2018

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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