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”.
Photos courtesy Stephen Webb
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 »
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.
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
Four families supported today’s Family Day (21 September 2019) at Clapham with Mums and Dads dancing with their well behaved and enthusiastic children. Teacher, Judith Jones, presented an appropriate set of dances and introduced the assembly to the trials and tribulations of slip step and skip change of step in the process.
The sun shone and we enjoyed a hot afternoon dancing to the music of Peter Jenkins (Kafoozalum) and Dave McAllister (Lochnagar) with James Fairbairn calling the programme of easy Scottish country dances. Read more »