RSCDS London Branch

The Branch runs classes and dances 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.

 

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London Branch Classes
Basic Skills and Improvers Class Wednesdays  7 – 9 p.m. London W11 2DF
Intermediate Class Wednesdays  7 – 9 p.m. London W11 2DF
Advanced Class Wednesdays  7 – 9 p.m. London W11 2DF
Summer General Class Wednesdays London W11 2DF
Mixed Ability Class Wednesdays  2.30 – 4.30 p.m. London SW1X 0BD
Richmond Beginner’s Class Wednesdays 8 – 10 p.m. Richmond TW9 2RT
University of London & UCLU Folk Society Class Thursdays 6 – 8 p.m. London WC1E 7HY
Upcoming Dances
Open Air Dancing Saturdays 5, 12, 19 August 2017
New Season Dance Saturday 16 September 2017
Autumn Wednesday Dance Wednesday 25 October 2017
St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh Dance Saturday 18 November 2017

Branch AGM and End of Season Dance

Margaret Catchick, chairing the meeting, thanked those present for attending. She summarised the Branch Report for 2016-2017 which had been sent out with Reel 300, after which Simon Wales presented the accounts.

As there were no motions, the meeting proceeded smoothly.

The meeting was followed by the Branch End of Season dance. Ian Robertson provided superb music to dance to and although numbers were not high, a great atmosphere prevailed and for once women were in short supply! Tasty refreshments were provided by Ireen, Lena, George and Thelma and our MC’s for the evening, Rachel Wilton and Andrew Kellett, guided us seamlessly through the dances.

Our next Summer General Class on 21st June

Our next Summer General class will be taught by Alice Stainer from Oxford. Alice has previously taught at the Branch Day School and also has been a teacher for some of our previous Ladies’ Step classes.

Do come along and enjoy a super class taught by an excellent teacher on Wednesday 21st June!

 

 

Summer Wednesday Dance 2017

Summer Wednesday Dance 2014 (01)

Nearly 80 dancers enjoyed the Summer Wednesday dance to the superb music of Chris Oxtoby on 31 May 2017.  Jane Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by our team of Margaret, Lena, and George.  Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.

Dance Programme: Jig to the Music, The Grassmarket Reel, Fair Donald, The Rutland Reel, Light and Airy, Midsummer Common, The Sailor, Round Reel of Eight, The Haar on Skye, Domino Five, John Cass, City of Belfast, The Wild Geese, The Duke of Perth.
Extra: Catch the Wind.

 

Spring Dance 2017

Spring DanceDancers who attended the Branch Spring Dance on 18th March were treated to some lively music from a five piece Craigevar Band who were on top form. Margaret Shaw and her team once again provided delicious refreshments, whilst Gaynor Curtis and Peter Knight guided us through an excellent programme of dances. It was a great evening enjoyed by all those who attended.

Programme: St. Andrew’s Fair, The Royal Yacht Britannia, The Silver Tassie, Bill Clement MBE, The Ladies of Dunse, Autumn in Appin, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Argyll Strathspey, The Earl of Mansfield, Inchmickery, College Hornpipe, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Ladies’ Fancy, None so Pretty (London Pride), The Dream Catcher, The Kelloholm Jig, The Minister on the Loch, The Montgomeries’ Rant.

Winter Wednesday Dance 2017

More than 70 dancers enjoyed the Winter Wednesday dance on 15th February 2017 to the superb music of Sandra Smith and Christina Hood. The event took place in the Upper Hall and foyer as the main hall been double booked. This, however, did not put the dancers off from enjoying themselves. Jan Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by out team of Margaret, Lena, Thelma and George. Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.

Programme: Granville Market, The Dunedin Festival Dance, Karin’s Strathspey, Inchmickery, Jessie’s Hornpipe, Friendships, Catch the Wind, The Frisky, The College Hornpipe, Indian River Strathspey, The Piper and the Penguin, The Wild Geese, The Byron Strathspey, The Reel of the 51st Division.
Extra: Good Hearted Glasgow

Christmas Dance 2016

Christmas Dance 2011The 120 dancers who attended the Branch Christmas Dance were treated to a superb buffet provided by Margaret Shaw and her team of helpers as well as some wonderful festive music from Nicol McLaren and the Glencraig Band. Our MCs for the evening, Danielle Reinstein and Iain Farrell, guided us through the programme with ease and a great atmosphere prevailed on and off the dance floor.

Programme: Maxwell’s Rant, EH3 7AF, The Duchess Tree, John of Bon Accord, It’s Just for Fun, The Gentleman, The Black Mountain Reel, Best Set in the Hall, Glasgow Country Dance, The Dream Catcher, Joie de Vivre, Mr Iain Stuart Robertson, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, The Dancing Master, Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich, The Minister on the Loch, The Immigrant Lass, The Montgomeries’ Rant.

Photos supplied by Margaret Catchick, Elaine Davies and Jerry Reinstein.

 

RSCDS AGM 2016

The Society AGM took place the weekend of November 4th – 6th 2016.

At the AGM Helen Russell was appointed Chairman of the Society, and Andrew Kellett, recent past Chairman of London Branch, was voted Chairman Elect. In addition Jean Martin was appointed as President of the Society.

We extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Andrew on his achievement and to Helen Russell and Jean Martin on their respective appointments. Read more »

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