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 »
Our first session of Open Air Dancing took place yesterday (17 August 2019). Visitors to Kensington Gardens enjoyed dancing to the music of Peter Jenkins and Dave McAllister, ably helped along with instructions from James Fairbairn.
See a video of the demonstration.
We look forward to another fun afternoon of dancing next Saturday 24 August. Come along and bring your friends! Read more »
The first of our annual Open Air Dancing sessions takes place this Saturday 17 August 2019 in Kensington Gardens by the bandstand from 2.00-4.00pm. We expect the usual fun afternoon of dancing to music from Peter Jenkins on accordion and Dave McAllister on fiddle.
This is a free event for all the family. Dances will be called and there will be a demonstration of country dancing during the event.
In the event of bad weather check back here for more information as to whether the event has been cancelled.
Dancers, grandparents, parents and their children enjoyed an afternoon of dancing to the wonderful music of Sandra Smith on piano at our Family Dance at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD on Saturday 8 June 2019. James Fairbairn and Jenny Kendrick guided everyone through the dances and tasty refreshments were provided by Marjory Reid and Chris Hood. A fun time was had by all with some asking when the next Family Dance would take place.
Thanks go to Marjory and Chris for all their hard work in organising the event and to James Fairbairn and Jenny Kendrick, our excellent class teachers and MCs for the afternoon.
Dance programme: Circassian (big) Circle, Cumberland Reel, Johnny Groat’s House, Charlestown Chaser, Gay Gordons, The Dashing White Sergeant, Canadian Barn Dance, Espie McNabb, The Barmkin, The Highland Fair, A Reel for Jeannie, The Dhoon
Extras: Virginia Reel, The Waratah Weaver
Photos courtesy Margaret Catchick
We are pleased to announce that direct debit payment options are now available for London Branch membership and The Reel subscriptions.
We offer the opportunity to pay by direct debit, Paypal or credit card, bank transfer (all via an online membership application form) and also by cheque with downloadable paper membership form.
Head over to the updated membership page to join or renew your London Branch membership!
To download an application form and find out more about the great lineup of teachers and musicians we have at this year’s Day School go to the Day School page.
We also again have the option for online application forms.
Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your dancing technique in a fun and friendly environment.
We also offer a Musicians’ workshop for those looking to learn or improve their playing for dancing and the opportunity to put this into practice by playing for the evening dance.
Reel 308 is now out for members and subscribers. With a wealth of articles on what’s happening in the Scottish dance community, details of London Branch dances and classes and local events listings this is a magazine you can’t afford to miss!
Become a member of London Branch or subscribe to The Reel to get 4 issues a year. See The Reel page for details.
Archive copies are available to read online.
Over 65 beginners and experienced dancers from the London area and beyond, including visitors from Toronto and Vienna, came together to enjoy dancing to the excellent music of Sandra Smith and Ian and Meryl Thomson at our Summer Wednesday dance on 29 May 2019. A walk through of the dances gave the less experienced dancers the confidence to get on the floor and enjoy themselves, ably assisted by the more experienced dancers. Tasty refreshments were provided by the Branch catering team of Margaret, Lena and George. Thank you to all who attended, to our superb
musicians, our catering team and to Judith Jones and Davinia Miln, our excellent MCs for the evening, who guided us seamlessly through the dances. A great evening enjoyed by all who attended.
Dance programme: Charlestown Chaser, The Loch Ness Monster, 12 Coates Crescent, Clutha, Joie de Vivre, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, Napier’s Index, Pelorus Jack, The Dream Catcher, The Westminster Reel, Inchmickery, Scott Meikle, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The Reel of the Royal Scots
Photos courtesey Margaret Catchick