Some of our Beginners Class dancers attended the Autumn Wednesday dance on 24 October 2018. They and other enthusiastic dancers danced The 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 classes start again on Wednesday 19 September. We have a class for beginners and improvers with teacher Davinia Miln and for intermediate and advanced dancers with teachers Pat Davoll/Maureen Campbell which take place at Park Walk Primary School. See class pages for details of location, cost and dates.
We had a sunny day for our final dance session this year in Kensington Gardens.
Photos courtesy Stephen Webb 2018
Were you in Kensington Gardens this afternoon? A fun session of dancing easy Scottish dances for all ages took place to music from Caledonian Reelers and expert guidance from MC James Fairbairn. Although a couple of rain showers sent people running for shelter under the trees, the sun soon returned and people also got the chance to view a demonstration of Scottish country dancing to music played on the bagpipes.
Crowds gathered to watch and join in the first of this year’s open air dancing sessions in Kensington Gardens. Scottish dancers, tourists visiting London on holiday and others visiting the park who were drawn to the lawn in front of the bandstand by the music provided by the band Kafoozalum, enjoyed two hours of dancing easy Scottish and ceilidh dances.
Under the guidance of MC James Fairbairn they had fun dancing a selection of jigs and reels. The Branch demonstration team also gave a display.
View a video of the demonstration team’s display on our Branch YouTube page.
We are sad to report the death in August of Wilson Nicol, a London Branch chairman from 1993-1996 and another of our Honorary Vice-presidents. Wilson was also editor of our magazine The Reel for several years.
Our first Open Air Dancing event takes place this Saturday 18 August near the bandstand in Kensington Gardens. Entrance is free. Bring a picnic and enjoy some ceilidh and easy Scottish dances. Our MC is James Fairbairn with live music from Kafoozalum.
We are sad to announce the death in July of Owen Meyer who was a former London Branch chairman from 2002-2005. Owen was also one of our Honorary Vice-presidents.
Photo courtesy Stephen Webb.
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