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.

NEXT DANCE EVENT – CHRISTMAS DANCE

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
Christmas Dance Saturday 11 December 2021
Burns Ceilidh Supper and Dance Saturday 15 January 2022
Winter Wednesday Dance Wednesday 16 February 2022
Summer Wednesday Dance Wednesday 1 June 2022
AGM and End of Season Dance Saturday 11 June 2022

Branch AGM 2021 Notice

RSCDS London Branch AGM 2021 took place via Zoom on Saturday 12 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m. Details of this year’s AGM are now available on the AGM page.

The Branch Report of Activities, Minutes and Agenda are also available to view on the AGM page. Read more »

Spring from Home – Virtual Event

In place of the previously scheduled Combined Societies dance on 10 April 2021, we had an online ‘Spring from Home’ event, a joint venture from the London Highland Club, St Columba’s Dancers and London Branch.

The event began with a minutes’ silence in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh who had died the previous day. As for the London Branch Burns Night at Home, ‘Spring from Home’ featured music, dance, poetry, quizzes, competitions and plenty of online chat.

Items included some vintage dances as well as music from Ian and Meryl Thomson and from Craigellachie. Jim Cook provided a spring themed quiz and there was poetry from Valerie Strachan and Willie Lawrence, history from Rachel Wilton and Meryl Thomson, a song from Frances Bright, and, perhaps most important of all, dance recaps from Pat Davoll, Peter Forrow and Murrough Landon to make sure that we all had the chance to dance.

To see the videos which were part of the online event, go to the Spring from Home playlist on our YouTube channel
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Burns online 2021 – video available

The Branch held a virtual Burns event from 5pm on Sunday 24 January.  The evening featured vintage videos from ceilidhs past plus music, poetry and all the traditional Burns features, including the Address to a Haggis, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and the Lassies’ Response.

Watch a recording of the event on the Branch’s YouTube channel

 

The Donald Collection Archive

The Scottish Dance Archives website was run by Bob and Mamie Donald for many years. Having decided to retire, they kindly asked if RSCDS London Branch would provide a place for the website archives within the London Branch website which we are pleased to do.

The information on the website includes a list of the items in the Donald Collection and an index of the over 1800 dances available in the collection, which is held at the Central Library in Edinburgh. Instructions for 250 of the dances are available on this website as PDF files.

The Donald Collection Archive can be accessed under the Archives entry on the main menu.

20 August 2021 – Update on Branch activities due to current circumstances

Coronavirus Update – RSCDS London moving on from lockdown

Our next opportunity to dance together will be at the Open Air dancing in Kensington Gardens on 21 and 28 August – please check with the website and eUpdate for further details.

The RSCDS London Branch AGM took place on 12 June 2021.  We are grateful to all those who took the time to join us on that occasion and to Craigellachie band who provided the music for the short ceilidh which followed. For those unable to attend, the video of the AGM may be accessed here and the Annual Accounts and Annual Report are available here.

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