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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:  Catherine MacLean:  416.996-1136

Beginner Classes, 2 locations:  Start September 6 and 24, 2018


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

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Sept 6 - Nov 8 - (10 weeks: $100) 

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 the new side door and go downstairs to the Hurndale Room.

Contact Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631 


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

Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Sept 24 - Dec 3 - (10 weeks: $100)  < no class Family Day Feb 18 >

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: May Divers, has been dancing Scottish since she was a wee lass in her native Scotland. She has previously taught Level 2 Classes and often takes the Calvin social group. Her gentle persuasion, and graceful example 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 Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136  Class Co-ordinator: Cheryl Catt 

Intermediate Classes, Level 2:  Start September 6, 2018


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

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Sept 6 - Nov 8 - (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: Sandra Scott was a “Georgie Girl” — one of the young people who danced far and wide with Georgina Finlay’s dance troup. Like so many former Finlay dancers, Sandra went on to achieve a full Certificate (2006). After these Level 2 Classes, the Monthly Dance will hold no fears — you'll be ready to participate with confidence.

Level 2 is upstairs, in the Eastminster Auditorium (which has a nice wood floor)

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

Contact Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136  Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Mastery Classes, Level 3 (Advanced): Nov 15 to Dec 13, 2018


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

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Nov 15 - Dec 13  (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: Moira Korus learned Scottish country dance as a child in Edinburgh, and   attained her full certificate in 2006. Moira teaches the Rosedale Children’s Group and the Glenview social group. She also instituted, and taught, the DAA (Dancing Achievement Award) programme in Toronto. Moira is popular on the SCD workshop circuit.   

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

Contact Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Extension Classes (Mixed Abilities): April 4 - May 23, 2019


Central:  Extension Classes  — Designed as a bridge between the end of regular classes and the beginning of Dancing in the Park, these classes extend the learning experience as dancers review steps and formations previously taught and are introduced to new ones. Three teachers (TBA) will share the teaching duties.

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — April 4 - May 23  (8 weeks: $80)

At Eastminster United Church <map>  310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.
Enter church by side door. Go downstairs to register; upstairs to dance.

Contact Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

 

Beginner Classes resume in September

  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 $50/5-wk session

  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.  Membership Page




Levels 1 & 2 ~ 2nd Term
2019 Dates

Level 1 St Leonard's: Jan 7 - Mar 18

Level 1 Eastminster: Jan 10 - Mar 18

Level 2 Eastminster: Jan 10 - Mar 14

 

Eastminster Class

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Scottish Step Class  click here

Download this Classes-Registration-Form-2018.doc, fill it out, and bring it to your first class