Report on Winter Wednesday Dance 2018

Winter Wednesday 2013On Wednesday 14th February 2018 dancers enjoyed the music of Sandra Smith on piano and and Christina Hood on fiddle. Dances were called by Jane Rose.


Dance programme: Charlestown Chaser, The Dunedin Festival Dance, Hello-Goodbye, Crom Allt, Fair Enough, The Valentine, The Highlandman’s Umbrella, New Year Jig, Ca’ the Ewes tae the Knowes, Blue Bonnets, Scott Meikle, C’est l’Amour, 12 Coates Crescent, The Reel of the 51st Division
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Report and photos from our Burns Ceilidh dance 2018

The Branch Burns Supper Ceilidh on 16 January 2018 was once again a great success. 170 dancers enjoyed dancing to the superb music of the Caledonian Reelers as well as enjoying the delicious traditional supper of haggis, neaps and tatties provided by Margaret Shaw and her hard-working team.  Iain Farrell piped in the haggis which was paraded by Willie Lawrence, and Ian Rutherford addressed it with great style.

Photos courtesy Jerry Reinstein.

Report and photos of our Christmas Dance 2017

Christmas Dance 2011Dancers who attended the Branch Christmas Dance were treated to a wonderful buffet provided by Margaret Shaw and her team of helpers as well as some wonderful festive music from Ian Robertson and his SCD Band. Our MCs for the evening, Rachel Wilton and Lindsey Rousseau, guided us seamlessly through the programme. We were very pleased to welcome visitors from Los Angeles and Toronto.
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St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh Dance 2017 report and photos

On Saturday 18 November 2017 dancers came to celebrate St Andrew’s Night with a ceilidh dance to music from The Caledonian Reelers with MC Simon Wales.

Dances included: The Gay Gordons, The Canadian Barn Dance, The Eva Three Step, The Britannia Two Step, The Dashing White Sergeant, St Bernard’s Waltz, The Eightsome Reel, Strip the Willow, Circle Waltz and many more.

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Society AGM 2017

Some of our members attended this year’s AGM in Perth and enjoyed the dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Photos courtesy Jerry Reinstein.

Branch Day School report 2017

Dancers gathered for the annual Branch Day School at Paddington Academy on Saturday 21 October. They enjoyed classes for all abilities with excellent teaching from Lindsey  Ibbotson, Tom Ibbotson, Helen Russell and William Williamson. Accompanying the classes with some fine music were Barbara Manning, Ian Muir, Judith Muir and Ian Robertson.

The Musicians’ workshop, led by Ian Muir (Prestwick), was enjoyed by some 20 musicians who then played for the evening’s dance, MC’d by Peter Knight. Read more »

Report on our New Season Dance 2017

Autumn Assembly 2013 (2)

About 60 dancers attended our Opening Season Dance on Saturday 16 September 2017. Those who came were treated to some superb music from the Craigellachie Band and there was a great atmosphere on the dance floor. We were also pleased to welcome visitors from the U.S.A., Hong Kong and Ireland.

Margaret Shaw and her catering team provided us once again with some very tasty refreshments with Andrew Kellett and Pat Davoll, our MC’s for the evening, guiding us seamlessly through the dances.

Dance programme: The Frisky, Wisp of Thistle, The Captain’s House, The Nurseryman, The Gardeners’ Fantasia, The Castle of Mey, Bill Clement MBE, Bridge of Nairn, Clutha, Mrs Stewart’s Jig, Orwell Lodge Strathspey, The Isle, Inverneill House, 12 Coates Crescent, John of Bon Accord, MacLeod’s Fancy, Neidpath Castle, The Reel of the Royal Scots.

Report on Summer Wednesday Dance 2017

Summer Wednesday Dance 2014 (01)

Nearly 80 dancers enjoyed the Summer Wednesday dance to the superb music of Chris Oxtoby on 31 May 2017.  Jane Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by our team of Margaret, Lena, and George.  Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.

Dance Programme: Jig to the Music, The Grassmarket Reel, Fair Donald, The Rutland Reel, Light and Airy, Midsummer Common, The Sailor, Round Reel of Eight, The Haar on Skye, Domino Five, John Cass, City of Belfast, The Wild Geese, The Duke of Perth.
Extra: Catch the Wind.

 

Combined Societies Dance 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018. Hosted by St Columba’s Dancers to music from Craigellachie.

Dance programme: Hooper’s Jig, The Gardeners’ Fantasia, Mairi’s Wedding, New Year Jig, The Gentleman, Bratach Bana, Inchmickery, Mrs Milne of Kinneff, The Reel of the Royal Scots, Bill Clement, The Kelloholm Jig, The Piper and the Penguin, Miss Eleanor 3×32 S
Napier’s Index, Round Reel of Eight, Ship o’ Grace, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The Lochalsh Reel, Major Ian Stewart, The Montgomeries’ Rant

A joint event with London Highland Club, Little Ship Club, St Columba’s Dancers and London Reels


Contact details for the Combined Societies are:

London Highland Club – holds formal and informal dances at St Columba’s Church, Pont St on Saturdays. Contact Catriona Bennett on +44 (0) 20 8544 5558 or email
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St Columba’s Dancers – St Columba’s Dancers meets every Monday (except for Bank Holidays) between October and May, from 7.15 until 10.00 p.m. All are welcome. We dance to recorded music mostly, and entrance is free, with just a £1.50 contribution for tea and biscuits at half time.  We have band nights five times a year, when a charge is made.   For further details contact Valerie Strachan, or 020 8693 5335.  Follow us on Twitter (@dancerscolumba) and Facebook.- Website

Little Ship Club – is a well-established Scottish country dance group who meet at St Columba’s Pont Street on Thursday evenings every three weeks from September to May. We dance a wide variety of dances as well as the more familiar ones. We very often have a musician playing for us, and as a friendly social group we are always willing to welcome new members. It may be helpful to know the basic steps, but most dances are walked through. We break halfway through the evening for a picnic supper that participants bring themselves. Contact Stuart Thom on 0207 924 2081 or email.

London Reels – London Reels meets once per month (September – June) in the lower hall of St Columba’s Church in Pont Street,  SW1. This is a fantastic venue which can accommodate over 200 dancers on its large wooden dance floor.

We welcome novice and experienced reelers from around the world of all ages and backgrounds to share in this most beloved of Scottish pastimes.

At London Reels we teach and practise a limited number of dances. Beginners are especially welcome, and we pride ourselves on our ability to convert sceptical first-timers into reeling devotees!

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