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.

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.
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
Winter Wednesday Dance Wednesday 19 February 2020
90th Anniversary Tea Dance Saturday 1 March 2020
Combined Societies’ Dance Saturday 4 April 2020
Summer Wednesday Dance Wednesday 27 May 2020

Burns Ceilidh Dance 2020 report

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.

Christmas Dance 2019 report and photos

Christmas Dance 2011Our 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

Reel 309 is available

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

 

Dance Around The World 2019

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 »

Branch Day School 2019 photos and videos

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 »

New Scottish Dance Devising Competition

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.

New Season Dance 2019 report

Autumn Assembly 2013 (2)

New Season Dance

Saturday 21 September 2019

To music from: Strathallan


The season got off to a rousing start with the first Saturday Branch Dance. The Band, Strathallan, were in top form and MCs Gaynor Curtis and Jim Cook kept the assembly in order.

Dance programme: Mrs Stewart’s Jig, The College Hornpipe, The Gardeners’ Fantasia, Vintage Simon, The Lammermuir Hills, The Countess of Dunmore’s Reel, The New Rigged Ship, The Dream Catcher, The Highlandman Kissed His Mother, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Tap the Barrel, Sugar Candie, Muirland Willie, The Bon Viveur, Catch the Wind, The Singing Sands, Quarries’ Jig, Swiss Lassie

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