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The RSCDS Toronto Association offers classes for adults of all ages and dancing abilities, including those who are just beginning, those who have danced for decades, and everyone in between. Come join us and share the wonderful experience of Scottish country dance!

Questions? . . . please contact the Classes Convenor: 
Glenna MacDonald: (416) 763-0073.

Beginner Classes, 2 locations:  Classes started in September (see below)


Central:  Level 1 Beginner Classes  At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — September 7th - November 16 (10 weeks: $100)  <no class Oct 5 >

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer learns the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and some of common formations.  These elements are combined in simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you’ll be fully equipped to join in the fun of the annual Family Christmas Dance with live music, and a crowd of experienced dancers eager to be your partner.

Teacher: Colin Philip was a teenage member of the fabled Georgina Finlay dance demo team. He loves to share his joy in Scottish country dance with beginners. He knows it will keep you fit, it will make you new friends — it may even change your life!

Beginners dance in the Hurndale Room on lower level of Eastminster United Church on a springy wood floor.

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station, near Carrot Common.
Enter Eastminster Church by side door, and go downstairs to the Hurndale Room.

Contact Glenna MacDonald 416.763-0073.   Class Rep: Margaret Roper 416.285-0367.  REGISTER NOW


North Toronto:  Level 1 Beginner Classes  At St. Leonard's Anglican Church <map> 

Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — September 18th - November 27 (10 weeks: $100)  <no class Thanksgiving Oct 9 >

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer learns the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and some of common formations.  These elements are combined in simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you’ll be fully equipped to join in the fun of the annual Family Christmas Dance with live music, and a crowd of experienced dancers eager to be your partner.

Teacher: Jean Noble, holds the Scroll of Honour for her contributions to Scottish country dance. She’s been dancing Scottish since she was a teenager and has led her social group, Hillcrest, for more than 40 years. Her gentle persuasion, graceful example, and clear instructions will have you dancing before you know it.
Classes are in the parish hall of St. Leonard’s Anglican. It's a big room with a sprung wood floor, and it’s handy to the subway.

St. Leonard’s Anglican is at 25 Wanless Avenue <map>, just off Yonge Street,
a 2-minute walk north of the Lawrence station.

Contact Glenna MacDonald 416.763-0073.  Class Co-ordinator: Cheryl Catt 416.484-9620.  REGISTER NOW

Intermediate Classes, Level 2:  September 7 - November 9 (see below)


Central:  Level 2 Intermediate Classes At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — September 7th - November 9 (10 weeks: $100)

The Level 2 (Intermediate) classes build on the steps and formations learned at the Basic Level, as well as introducing more complex formations.  Dancers become more confident in skills and abilities, and enjoy the challenge of more complex dances. 

Teacher: Teresa Lockhart has been called “the dancing kelpie” because she charms people into Scottish country dance and inspires them, with great good humour, to strive for excellence.  After these classes, the Monthly Dance will hold no fears — you'll be ready to participate with confidence.

Level 2 is upstairs, in the Eastminster theatre (which has a nice wooden floor)

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.
Enter church by side door and go upstairs.

Contact Glenna MacDonald 416.763-0073.   Class Rep: Margaret Roper 416.285-0367.  REGISTER NOW


Aurora:  Level 2 (Intermediate) Classes: Coming . . . January 8 - March 19

Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — January 8 - March 19 (10 weeks: $100)

The Level 2 (Intermediate) classes build on the steps and formations learned at the Basic Level, as well as introducing more complex formations.  Dancers become more confident in skills and abilities, and enjoy the challenge of more complex dances. 

Teacher: Tony Szeto has been dancing Scottish since he was a teen. He was one of the legendary Georgina Finlay Dancers – a group of young people who performed far and wide, including in Scotland. Classes will be in the gracious 19-century confines of Victoria Hall. . . it’s not just quaint. . . it has a great wood floor for dancing on.

Victoria Hall is at 27 Mosley St ( Victoria & Mosley), Aurora <map>

Class Co-ordinator: Andrew Henderson  416.498-1940

Mastery Classes, Level 3 (Advanced): Nov 16 to Dec 14


Central:  Level 3 Advanced Classes  At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — November 16 - December 14  (5 weeks: $50)

Level 3 (Advanced) classes are conducted over 5 weeks. The classes build on the skill base of the dancers.  New formations and dances of more complexity in their combination of patterns are introduced to challenge the more experienced dancer.

Teacher: Fiona Philip was born into a family of dancers; she’s been dancing since age 3. Fiona learned under the tutelage of some of Toronto’s foremost dance teachers: her mother (Jean Noble), Betty Thompson, and Georgina Finlay (she danced on Georgina Finlay’s teen demo team.  Fiona attained her full certificate in 1997 at St. Andrews Summer School. Fiona has taught classes for children and adults in Toronto, and workshops in Cobourg, Florida, London, Belleville, and Mississauga.   

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.
Enter by NE corner door and go downstairs to Hurndale Room.

Contact Glenna MacDonald 416.763-0073.   Class Rep: Margaret Roper 416.285-0367.  REGISTER NOW



 

New Beginner Classes start in January

  1. Bullet Regular classes run for 10 weeks,  7:30pm - 9:30pm

  2. Bullet Classes generally cost $100 (HST incl.)

  3. Bullet Level 3 Classes are $50/session or $10/week

  4. Bullet Cheques are payable to “RSCDS Toronto Association”.

As you begin 2nd term. . .

After your first term of Beginner Classes, to qualify for the second term, you are expected to become a member of RSCDS Toronto (info here). There are multiple reasons for this.

Basically, classes are subsidized by membership fees. Expenses include:

  1. rental of facilities

  2. token compensation to teachers

  3. insurance costs

From a 'big picture' point of view, classes would not exist without membership fees to support the training of teachers (equivalent to a university course, in both difficulty and expense), the testing and publication of dances, and the production of CDs for the music we dance to.

Plus, we are part of a world-wide international organization that maintains standards and safeguards the heritage and history of Scottish Country Dancing so it can continue to thrive.

So, please, cheerfully join-up. Over a year you can actually recover much of your membership fee by reduced entry cost for Monthly Dances and other events. You will also receive our monthly newsletter Set & Link and twice a year you’ll get Scottish Country Dancer magazine directly from Scotland.

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