11 January 2021 – Update on Branch activities due to current circumstances

Coronavirus Update – all events and classes cancelled until late 2021
Although we had hoped to resume dancing in early 2021 the impact of the new COVID variants and the resultant lockdown means that we cannot realistically plan indoor events and classes until much later in the year.

It’s beginning to look unlikely that classes will resume before September. Whilst we have plans for a ‘big bang’ return to dancing with classes and the new season dance, this will be dependent upon the success of the vaccination programme.  Meanwhile we will continue to offer online events and will keep members up to date with news via the eUpdate, Website and The Reel

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Burns online 2021 – 5pm 24 January 2021

Following the success of the London Branch Christmas party on 19 December 2020 we are delighted to announce that the Branch will hold a virtual Burns event from 5pm on Sunday 24 January.  The evening will feature 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. As for the Christmas party, the Zoom chat function will be open throughout and we’ll keep it open for 30 minutes after the end of the party to allow extras time for conversations with dancing friends.

Bring your own haggis and join us for a joyful evening of music, dance and good company.

Please click on this link from 5pm on Sunday 24 January 2021

London Branch Christmas Competitions 2020

Although we cannot meet up on 19 December for our annual Christmas Dance, we are planning a virtual Christmas party. See the dance page for details and Zoom link.

The Branch also announces two competitions ahead of the party which we hope you will enter.

London Branch Baking Competition

London Branch Christmas Decoration Competition

Details of these can be found in the latest eUpdate of 9 December


Reel 313 is available to read online

Reel 314 is soon to arrive for members and subscribers. Reel 313 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


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.

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
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