RSCDS London Branch

The Branch runs classes and dances in Scottish Country Dancing for beginners and experienced dancers as well as a lively family class. We have resumed our programme of classes and events within COVID-19 guidelines. 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 – planned return September 2021
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 – 9.30pm 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
Future Dances
90th Anniversary Grand Autumn Ball 16 October 2021
Autumn Wednesday Dance 27 October 2021
Day School evening dance 30 October 2021
Christmas Dance 11 December 2021

LB90 NSDDC Announcement

London Branch Dance Devising Competition – RESULTS

Trialing dancers, musician and teacher with London Branch chair, Joanne Lawrence and president, Rachel Wilton

On Saturday 11 September 2021 eight dancers, a teacher, a musician, twelve observers drawn from the Branch committee and long standing Branch members, plus a videographer assembled in the upper hall of St Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge, London. All had generously foregone some early morning sleep to be there for doors opening at 9.00am. The Branch is most grateful to them and staff at St Columba’s for making this one-off event possible. We were especially pleased to welcome Branch president, Rachel Wilton and vice-president, Mary Barker. COVID precautions were observed throughout. Read more »

Online payments for classes

Please can we ask that any online booking/payment for classes is made no later than the evening before the class. This will help us with our administration.

Thank you!

New Season Dance 2021 report and photos

Our first dance at St Columba’s, Pont Street on Saturday 18 September 2021 since the COVID situation brought a halt to live dancing was a great success. Many dancers came to support the Branch and enjoy the lively music of Dave Hall and his SCD Band – Dave Hall (accordion), Ali Forbes (keyboard) and Christina Hood (violin).

Dance programme: Pelorus Jack, Mrs MacLeod, Cape Town Wedding, Miss Allie Anderson, Cherrybank Gardens, Trip to Timber Ridge, The Bees of Maggieknockater, Asilomar Romantic, The Black Mountain Reel, Kendall’s Hornpipe, Mrs Milne of Kinneff, The Music Will Tell You, The New Rigged Ship, The Haar on Skye, John of Bon Accord, Jean Martin of Aberdeen, Best Set in the Hall, Da Rain Dancin’.

Photos and video courtesy Petar Petkovic

See other videos from the New Season Dance on our YouTube channel

Richmond Class update


The Richmond class is set to restart on Wednesday 22nd September, from 7.30-9.30pm.
Due to building work, classes for the first month or so will take place at the:
Whittaker Ellis Suite, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP, which is about 10 minutes walk from the station towards Richmond Bridge.
For further information, please contact Judith Jones, the Richmond class teacher, on


Return to dance!

Return to dance!

London Branch had a wonderful return to dance at the Open Air dancing in Kensington Gardens on 21 and 28 August. Massive thanks to James Fairbairn for his meticulous organisation which made the whole thing possible.

James also acted as MC on 28 August, enticing an ever growing number of passers-by to join members and friends of London Branch in dancing to the music of Dave Hall and Ali Forbes. The previous week, Frank Reid provided the music and Jim Cook acted as MC , inspiring dancers to brave the threatened rain and enjoy the dance.

It was good to see so many old faces, reunited after too long apart. We were delighted to welcome new dancers and we thank those who came for their willingness to join in. Please do come to other London Branch events, it was a pleasure to dance with you!

Thank you to James, Jim, Frank, Dave, Ali and all who helped make our first foray back to dance so pleasurable.

We now look forward to our New Season Dance on Saturday 18 September and to classes resuming on Wednesday 22 September at Park Walk, Richmond and Pont Street. Our COVID safety guidelines may be found here or on the right hand side of the website front page.

Please check with the website and eUpdate for further details. Read more »

Reel 316 is available to read online

Reel 317 is due to members and subscribers at the beginning of September 2021. Reel 316 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. We welcome letters to the editor or perhaps you might like to contribute an article to the magazine.

More information on The Reel


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