20 June 2021 – Update on Branch activities due to current circumstances

Coronavirus Update – RSCDS London moving on from lockdown

The RSCDS London Branch took place on 12 June 2021.  We are grateful to all those who took the time to join us on that occasion and to Craigellachie band who provided the music for the short ceilidh which followed.

For those unable to attend, the video of the AGM may be accessed here and the Annual Accounts and Annual Report are available here.

Two days after the AGM, following the government announcement on 14 June, we confirmed with great regret that the much anticipated 90th Anniversary Garden party would not now go ahead. We thank the members of the organising committee for all their hard work.

Our next opportunity to dance together will be at the Open Air dancing in Kensington Gardens on 21 and 28 August – please check with the website and eUpdate for further details.

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Branch Day School application forms

Application forms for this year’s Branch Day School on Saturday 30 October 2021 are now available. A paper version can be downloaded to post or if paying by bank transfer there are online forms for dancers and musicians.

Information on the great lineup of teachers and musicians can be found on the Day School page along with the application forms.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Branch AGM 2021 Notice

RSCDS London Branch AGM 2021 took place via Zoom on Saturday 12 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m. Details of this year’s AGM are now available on the AGM page.

The Branch Report of Activities, Minutes and Agenda are also available to view on the AGM page. Read more »

Reel 315 is available to read online

Reel 315 is now available to read online and Reel 316 is due to members and subscribers at the beginning of June 2021. Reel 314 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. 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


Spring from Home – Virtual Event

In place of the previously scheduled Combined Societies dance on 10 April 2021, we had an online ‘Spring from Home’ event, a joint venture from the London Highland Club, St Columba’s Dancers and London Branch.

The event began with a minutes’ silence in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh who had died the previous day. As for the London Branch Burns Night at Home, ‘Spring from Home’ featured music, dance, poetry, quizzes, competitions and plenty of online chat.

Items included some vintage dances as well as music from Ian and Meryl Thomson and from Craigellachie. Jim Cook provided a spring themed quiz and there was poetry from Valerie Strachan and Willie Lawrence, history from Rachel Wilton and Meryl Thomson, a song from Frances Bright, and, perhaps most important of all, dance recaps from Pat Davoll, Peter Forrow and Murrough Landon to make sure that we all had the chance to dance.

To see the videos which were part of the online event, go to the Spring from Home playlist on our YouTube channel
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Burns online 2021 – video available

The Branch held a virtual Burns event from 5pm on Sunday 24 January.  The evening featured vintage videos from ceilidhs past plus music, poetry and all the traditional Burns features, including the Address to a Haggis, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and the Lassies’ Response.

Watch a recording of the event on the Branch’s YouTube channel


The Donald Collection Archive

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 Donald Collection Archive can be accessed under the Archives entry on the main menu.

RSCDS London Branch

In normal times, the Branch runs classes and dances in Scottish Country Dancing for beginners and experienced dancers as well as a lively family class. Although face to face activities are currently suspended due to Covid-19, we hope to resume our programme of classes and events from Autumn 2021. 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 – currently suspended
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 TBA
90th Anniversary Garden Celebration 3 July 2021
New Season Dance 18 September 2021
90th Anniversary Grand Autumn Ball 16 October 2021
Autumn Wednesday Dance 27 October 2021
Day School evening dance 30 October 2021
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