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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.

Detailed info on new classes will be posted mid-August.

Meanwhile, visit us at Dancing In The Park, Tuesdays evenings in June: info


Classes for young people: wee ones, tweens, and teens  click here



Mastery Classes at Eastminster: Level 3 April 20 to May 18


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

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Apr 20, 2017 - May 18

The Level 3 (Advanced) classes are conducted over 5 weeks. The classes continue to 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.

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

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.


Extension Classes at Eastminster:  March 30 - May 18


Central:  Extension Classes At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — March 30, 2017 - May 18 (8 weeks: $80)

Extension Classes are offered over 8 weeks in the Spring, as a ‘bridge’ between the end of regular classes and the beginning of the 4 weeks of Dancing in the Park.  In these classes, dancers review the steps and formations previously taught, and learn/practise dances on the programmes for Dancing in the Park, held at Edwards Gardens on Tuesday evenings during the month of June.

A variety of teachers will lead these classes.

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

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station. Enter by NE corner door.


Dancing Achievement Award Classes at Broadlands:  Jan 22 to April 30 2017

For Intermediate Dancers:  Eight 2-hour Sunday afternoon classes, 2-4:00 p.m. at Broadlands, will prepare dancers for the Intermediate DAA. Class dates: January 22, February 19, 26, March 5, 19, April 2, 9, 30

(which is Assessment day).

Under the excellent tutelage of Moira Korus and Barbara Taylor, dancers will improve and refine footwork and technique, as individuals and as dancers in a set.  Before starting the course participants must know these six dances:

Light & Airy (J8x32), Linton Ploughman (J8x32), Catch the Wind (R8x32), The Sailor (R8x32), The Banks of Clyde (S8x32), Monymusk (S8x32)

The DAA Programme costs $80 (Member price) payable as a lump sum (no pay-by-week option). This fee does not include the DAA Assessment fee.

Please let Maureen Richardson know immediately if you are interested in participating.

Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>


Beginner Classes, 3 locations:   Classes resume Sept. 2017 - Dates TBA


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

Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Jan 9, 2017 - March 20 (10 weeks: $100)  [no class Feb 20, Family Day]

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer will learn the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and a variety of common formations.  These two elements will be combined in learning simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you will 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.

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 good, sprung wooden 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.


Aurora:  Level 1 Beginner Classes  At Victoria Hall <map> 

Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Jan 23, 2017 - Apr 3 (10 weeks: $100) [no class Feb 20, Family Day]

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer will learn the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and a variety of common formations.  These two elements will be combined in learning simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you will 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.

Tony Szeto, started dancing Scottish almost 30 years ago, when he danced with Georgina Finlay’s young adults demo group. In this 10-week class Tony will teach the basics of Scottish country dance. You’ll learn the steps and formations, you’ll do dances made from those formations. After 10 weeks you will be fully equipped to join in the fun of the March Beginners’ Night Dance with live music, and a crowd of experienced dancers eager to be your partner.

Contact Glenna MacDonald 416.763-0073 or Class Rep:  Andrew Henderson 416.498-1940 

Victoria Hall is at 25 Moseley Street at Victoria Street <map>.


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

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Jan 5, 2017 - March 16 (10 weeks: $100)  [No class March 9, church use]

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer will learn the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and a variety of common formations.  These two elements will be combined in learning simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you will 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.

Vicky Zeltins was a competitive figure skater and a teenage member of the fabled Georgina FInlay dance demo team. She loves to share her joy in Scottish country dance with beginners. She 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.
Contact Glenna MacDonald 416.763-0073.   Class Rep: Margaret Roper 416.285-0367.

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


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

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Jan 5, 2017 - March 16 (10 weeks: $100)  [No class March 9, church use]

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

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

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


 

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 Intro Classes:  $40 for 4 weeks (or $20 for 2 weeks)

  4. Bullet Level 3 Classes are $10/week

  5. Bullet Cheques should be made payable to “RSCDS Toronto”.

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

Eastminster Class 2013

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