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.
NEXT DANCE EVENT – WINTER WEDNESDAY DANCE
|90th Anniversary Dance Devising Competition
We are pleased to announce that a new dance is being sought through competition to celebrate the founding of our Branch. Full details can be found under the 90th Anniversary events tab above or click the link
Our next Families Dance Scottish dance class takes place on Saturday 1 February 2020 at Fresh Ground Church of the Nazarene, 68 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EQ from 10.30 – 11.45am.
Bring your children along to enjoy a fun class taught by James Fairbairn, Jenny Kendrick or Judith Jones to recorded music. All welcome – please do invite family members and young friends you think might enjoy learning Scottish dancing.
Class Fee: £5.00 per person or £10.00 for a family (cash only please).
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.
Our Christmas dance took place on Saturday 14th December 2019.
Dancers enjoyed a festive evening dancing to music from Nicol McLaren and The Glencraig Band.
Dance programme: Joie de Vivre, General Stuart’s Reel, Lord Elgin’s Reel, Farewell to Balfour Road, Orpington Caledonians, The Minister on the Loch, Miss Mary Douglas, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Glastonbury Tor, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Scott Meikle, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, Ladies’ Fancy, Flight to Melbourne, Sugar Candie, Jennifer’s Jig, City of Belfast, The Deil amang the Tailors
Photos courtesy Margaret Catchick, Simon Wales and Petar Petkovic
Watch a video from Chairman Jim Cook talking about our 90th Anniversary dance devising competition. Read more »
Reel 310 is soon to arrive for members and subscribers. Reel 309 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
Our demonstration team took part in this weekend of dance at Cecil Sharpe House, Camden, London on Sunday 27 October 2019. Dance groups from around London gathered to demonstrate and introduce others to their particular form of dance. The gallery below shows a selection of the groups, from Balaton Hungarian Dance group, Muraldo African and Caribbean dance group and A Caramiña Galician Dance Group to historical dance provided by Mrs Bennet’s Ballroom class.
The Scottish dance team gave a display of 4 sets of country dances with music from Peter Jenkins on accordion interspersed with highland dances from Amanda Esslemont to the bagpipes of Neil Esslemont. Read more »
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Dancers enjoyed a programme of dances more suitable for beginners and intermediate dancers to music from Sandra Smith (piano) and Keith Anderson (fiddle). MCs Judith Jones and Davinia Miln ably guided people through the dances and a good evening was had by all! Read more »
A large number of dancers enjoyed a day of classes for all abilities followed by an evening dance to music from Ian Muir (Prestwick) and the music workshop musicians.
Dancers were also able to take part in either Highland or Ladies Step classes and a class concentrating on two of Hugh Foss’s dances – London Reel and Caller Herrin’. Read more »
A New Dance is being sought through competition to celebrate the Founding of the London Branch of the RSCDS. This competition is open to all Current, Past and Second Branch Members. This new dance will be included in the 90th Anniversary Ball programme to be held on 31 October 2020 dancing to Marian Anderson and her Band.
For more details please look at the page under our 90th Anniversary Celebrations events.