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NEXT DANCE EVENT – WINTER WEDNESDAY DANCE
We regret that, due to Omicron concerns, the 2022 Burns Ceilidh Supper and Dance, planned to be held at St Columba’s Church on 15 January, will not now go ahead.
We are still planning to proceed with classes when the new term begins on 12 January but will keep dancers informed of any changes via website, eUpdate and other social media.
In 2023, the RSCDS will be marking its Centenary and will be publishing a celebration book of dances – Book 53 in 2023. As with previous books they would like Branches to be involved in the submission and selection process.
London Branch is therefore asking members if they have a dance to submit, or a popular non-RSCDS dance they would like to see published by the RSCDS, to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the conditions published by the RSCDS:
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Park Walk’s beginners and technique classes joined forces on Wednesday 8 December for a most enjoyable Christmas Party. Adam Brady provided the music and Technique class teacher, Simon Wales, acted as MC, guiding the 3 sets through the programme. Many thanks to the wonderful musician and MC and congratulations to all the dancers, in particular the beginners’ class, some of whom have been learning with Davina Miln only since the beginning of November. Read more »
This dance took place on Saturday 11th December 2021 to music from Marion Anderson and her SCD Band
Dance programme: EH3 7AF, Jessie’s Hornpipe, Delvin Side, Jennifer’s Jig, The Earl of Mansfield, Sands of Morar, The Hollin Buss, Autumn in Appin, The College Hornpipe, Gothenburg’s Welcome, Midsummer Common, The Rutland Reel, The Dancing Master, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Polharrow Burn, The Nurseryman, Miss Eleanor, Sleepy Maggie. Read more »
Wednesday 15 December 2021 was to have been Jeni Rutherford’s farewell to the Mixed Ability class she has taught so well since 2002. Due to Covid related concerns this class will not now take place and we will celebrate Jeni’s many years of running the class at a later date (to be advised). We are sorry for this delay in showing our thanks and appreciation to Jeni but look forward to meeting soon in safer times.
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 arrived with 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.
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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 »