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The Winter Wednesday dance was a superb evening with beginners and experienced dancers coming together to dance to excellent music from Sandra Smith and Christina Hood. Margaret Shaw and her team provided us with tasty refreshments and Davinia Miln and Judith Jones guided us smoothly through the dances. A great evening enjoyed by the many who attended.
Dance programme: Good Hearted Glasgow, The Dashing White Sergeant, The Byron Strathspey, Follow Me Home, Round Reel of Eight, The Haar on Skye, The Montgomeries’ Rant, St Andrew’s Fair, Fisherman’s Reel, Holyrood Strathspey, EH3 7AF, Jessie’s Hornpipe, The Sailor, Jean Martin of Aberdeen, Catch the Wind
On Saturday 12th January 2019 dancers and their families enjoyed a traditional Burns Night ceilidh and a supper provided by Margaret Shaw and her catering team. Piper Ryan Ellsworth piped in the haggis which was addressed by Ian Rutherford (See photos). Read more »
Despite torrential rain, over 90 dancers attended the Branch Christmas dance on Saturday 15 December 2018 and were treated to superb music from David Hall and his SCD Band as well as delicious refreshments provided by Margaret Shaw and her team. Rachel Wilton and Danielle Reinstein were our excellent MCs for the evening. It was a really wonderful start to the Christmas festivities.
Dance programme: The Hollin Buss, Catch the Wind, Gramachie, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The First of September, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Orpington Caledonians, Culla Bay, Cadgers in the Canongate, Follow Me Home, The Glasgow Highlanders, The College Hornpipe, Over the Water to Charlie (New Way), Cape Town Wedding, Glastonbury Tor, Fair Enough, Miss Eleanor, The Reel of the Royal Scots.
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Dancers representing London Branch took part in the annual Dance Around the World Festival at Cecil Sharp House, Camden , London on Sunday 28 October. This festival highlights the many forms of traditional dance which take place in the UK.
Our team danced a 20 minute demonstration in the Kennedy Hall and followed this with a one hour afternoon workshop led by Andrew Kellett which introduced participants to the fun of Scottish Country Dance.
Some of our Beginners Class dancers attended the Autumn Wednesday dance on 24 October 2018. They and other enthusiastic dancers dancedThe Brudenell Jig, A Highland Welcome, MacDonald of the Isles, Flowers of Dunbeg, Gramachie, Granville Market, Catch the Wind, The Old Man of Storr, The Machine without Horses, The Wind on Loch Fyne, The Lass of Richmond Hill, Fair Enough, The Minister on the Loch, The Reel of the 51st Division. The lively music from Sandra Smith on piano and Barbara Manning on fiddle led to several encores and a fun evening was had by all. Read more »
Our Day School on Saturday 20 October 2018 was a great success with about 115 dancers and 18 musicians in attendance. Hopefully those who missed it this year will be able to make it next year.
Thanks go to all those who helped on the day with a particularly big thank you to Margaret Shaw her daughter Sarah, sister Anne and Lena Robinson who provided us with excellent refreshments and who didn’t stop all day. Thank you also to our MC Simon Wales for the evening dance and to Ian Robertson and the Day School musicians whose music was superb to dance to.