Update on Branch activities due to current circumstances

Coronavirus Update – all events and classes cancelled until end June 2020
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 events until the end of June 2020.
Optimistically, our 90th Anniversary Garden Dance will still take place as scheduled on Sunday 4th July but a decision will be made a month in advance on 4th June. Hopefully our summer afternoon dances in Kensington Gardens will be able to take place as planned on 15th, 22nd and 29th August. A decision on this will be made on 15th July.
Thereafter, we shall hope to resume a full programme of classes and dances in September, starting with the New Season dance on Saturday 19th September. This will now be immediately preceded the same day by the Branch AGM deferred from June 13th. In spite of this delay, nominations for the Management Committee still need to be advised by 31st March. Please come and fill the vacancies. The team looks forward to welcoming you.
But what shall we dancers do to while away the days ahead of us? Ideas are emerging for some “virtual” Scottish dance activities to keep us all in touch during these dark days. “Watch this space” for more details in due course.
And do not forget our 90th Anniversary Ball on Saturday October 31st. Let us be positive and look forward to that. Meanwhile, The Reel , the web site and social media will keep you up to date with what is 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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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
90th Anniversary Garden Dance Saturday 4 June 2020
Open Air Dancing Saturdays 14, 22, 29 August 2020
AGM and New Season Dance Saturday 19 September 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.

Reel 310 is available

Reel 311 is soon to arrive for members and subscribers. Reel 310 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


Burns Ceilidh Dance 2020 report and photos

126 dancers enjoyed the Burns’ Ceilidh Dance at St Columba’s Church on Saturday 11th January. The assembly danced a popular dance programme with lively music being provided by the “Caledonian Reelers”. The traditional piping in of the haggis was followed by a spirited rendition of Burns’ “Ode To A Haggis”. Then the dancers were treated to a piping hot meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. The dancing resumed and the evening finally ended with “Auld Lang Syne”.

Photos courtesy Stephen Webb

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