We were saddened to learn of the death of George Potts, a long standing member and committee member, known to many as friend, dancer, teacher and loyal supporter of the
A Service of Thanksgiving for George’s life will be held at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street at 2pm on 24th June and will be followed by a reception in the Upper Hall, St Columba’s.
NB: Although RMT industrial action is planned for w/c 20 June, Friday 24 June is a non strike day and we trust that rail services will be running in good time to allow people to attend. The service will also be live streamed via https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/live-stream for those unable to attend in person.
RIP George – he will be greatly missed.
A recording of George’s funeral, held on 18 May, is available via https://watch.obitus.com
(Username, juqo5272. Password, 388176).
View the Order of Service
We are sad to announce the news that Jerry Reinstein, one of our honoury Vice Presidents, passed away on 29 January 2022.
Jerry and his wife Danielle became honoury Vice Presidents of London Branch in 2020 and Jerry served on the Branch committee for many years. You can read more about Jerry in an article from Reel 310.
In 2023, the RSCDS will be marking its Centenary and will be publishing a celebration book of dances – Book 53 in 2023. As with previous books they would like Branches to be involved in the submission and selection process.
London Branch is therefore asking members if they have a dance to submit, or a popular non-RSCDS dance they would like to see published by the RSCDS, to contact us via email@example.com
These are the conditions published by the RSCDS:
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Wednesday 15 December 2021 was to have been Jeni Rutherford’s farewell to the Mixed Ability class she has taught so well since 2002. Due to Covid related concerns this class will not now take place and we will celebrate Jeni’s many years of running the class at a later date (to be advised). We are sorry for this delay in showing our thanks and appreciation to Jeni but look forward to meeting soon in safer times.
London Branch Dance Devising Competition – RESULTS
Trialing dancers, musician and teacher with London Branch chair, Joanne Lawrence and president, Rachel Wilton
On Saturday 11 September 2021 eight dancers, a teacher, a musician, twelve observers drawn from the Branch committee and long standing Branch members, plus a videographer assembled in the upper hall of St Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge, London. All had generously foregone some early morning sleep to be there for doors opening at 9.00am. The Branch is most grateful to them and staff at St Columba’s for making this one-off event possible. We were especially pleased to welcome Branch president, Rachel Wilton and vice-president, Mary Barker. COVID precautions were observed throughout. Read more »
Please can we ask that any online booking/payment for classes is made no later than the evening before the class. This will help us with our administration.
We are pleased to announce a new entry under our Archives section. This is the Mary Isdale MacNab Collection of dances with links to publications and videos.
We have published a few photos taken from the Branch archives showing trips the Branch dem team made abroad in 1954, 1957 and 1961.
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.
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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