What’s On: Far


September 3 - Booking for Winter School 2020 is almost full 

The RSCDS Winter School is one of our premier events. Attendees stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel, a four-star Victorian accommodation that is the epitome of comfort. 

Classes are held at different venues around the town of Pitlochry, a gorgeous village nestled at the edge of the highlands. All venues are accessible by foot and/or car, and some are located in Atholl Palace. With classes held every morning and optional classes or sessions in the afternoon, there is the potential for a full day of dancing; that is, if your feet are up for it!

Winter School is Feb 16 - 21.

Info and booking:  https://www.rscds.org/events/winter-school-2020

Some places are still available for Winter School 2020. Attendees stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel, a four-star Victorian hotel that is the epitome of comfort. Rooms, which are shared, are available for £760 per person; this covers dinner, bed and breakfast for the duration of the school, all tutoring, all afternoon activities, 2 wine receptions and entry and transport to the ball at Blair Castle.

Email moira.thomson@rscds.org to be placed on a waiting list for a single room.

Nov 15 - 17 - Scottish Country Dance Weekend, Lyon 

RSCDS Lyon invites you to a weekend school taught by FLORENCE BURGY and LINDSEY IBBOTSON.

There will be 2 separate classes: advanced and intermediate.

There will also be a highland class and a children's workshop!

Music: Black Bear Duo, coming all the way from Australia!!!

More info :  Website      Registration Form:  2019-RSCDS-Lyon-Weekend-Nov-15-17.pdf

Note: All classes are taught in English.

p.s. Feel free to join us at any other time: RSCDS-Lyon-Calendar-2019-20.pdf

Nov 30  - London (Ontario) Branch Christmas Dinner & Dance

Come and enjoy the famously marvellous food of the Polish Combatants Hall, followed by an evening of dancing to the famously marvellous music of Scotch Mist. 

Special Presentation:
Our long-time teacher, Catherine Shaw, will honoured at this dance for receiving the RSCDS’s Scroll of Honour.

Place:   Polish Combatants Hall  80 Ann Street, London ON  Cost  Dancers $75   Non dancers $50  Dress  Semi formal

Reception 5:00, Dinner 6:00 Presentations and dancing will follow

Programme and briefs on the Branch Site rscdslondoncanada.org

Download2019-London-Christmas-dance.pdf    Contact  Margaret Allan 519-679-9366

Nov 30 - Dec 1  - Weekend of Scottish Country Dance & St Andrew’s Night Ball, Zürich

Yes. . . the gnomes of Zürich love to Scottish country dance!
Combine a winter skiing holiday, or a trip to your banker, with a weekend of dance.


Musicians: Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson.

Check the Zürich Scottish Country Dancing Club website for info updates,
and/or contact the club secretary:

Dec 6-8  - Weekend of SCD in Curia, Portugal

I am most happy to share details of our 6th SCD Weekend in beautiful Curia.
Our teacher this year is RAPHAËLLE ORGERET of Lyon, France.
Our musicians are
Muriel Johnstone on piano and Ian Robertson on fiddle. 

We are almost fully booked for 2019 but you can take advantage of the early-bird fee for Curia 2020 (offer good until end of November 2019). Curia 2020 is 4-6 December 2020.

Downloads for 2020:  Curia-2020-Incognito.pdf    Curia-2020-Application.pdf

Curia is in the Bairrada region of Portugal, a popular wine-growing district also known for its delicious gastronomy and beautiful landscapes. We can also suggest tourist/cultural programmes and places to visit.

Our Happy Dancing Bus - a collective transfer - will take you from Lisbon Airport to Curia on Friday morning and back to Lisbon on Sunday afternoon.

Hope to see you in Curia!    . . . Adriana Duarte

Downloads: 2019-Dec-Curia-weekend-flyer.jpg   2019-Dec-Curia-weekend-overvu.pdf  2019-Dec-Curia-weekend-application.docx

Dec 7  - RSCDS Hamilton Christmas Dance 

Enjoy a light meal while mingling with friends, then dance to the live music of Laird & Dan.

Doors open at 7:00pm and the event is from 8:00 to 11:00pm

All dancers welcome - beginners to advanced.  New dancers too!

Tickets: Dancer $30 / Non-Dancer $10 

At MacNab Presbyterian Church, 116 MacNab Street South, Hamilton <map>

Questions? Tickets?  . . .please contact Diana McKenzie

Download:  2019-Hamilton-Christmas-Dance.pdf    Website:  www.rscdshamilton.org

Dec 8  - Gleneagles Ball, Vancouver 

Dance to the music of the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra in the beautiful Ballroom
of the historic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. 

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before dancing and, afterwards, a decadent dessert buffet.

Info:  https://rscdsgleneagles.org/2019gleneaglesball.

If you have questions or would like to reserve a ticket now,
please contact
Gillian Muir at 778-279-3995

Dec 14  - RSCDS Kitchener-Waterloo Christmas Dance 

Please join us for a terrific night of dancing and festive cheer at our Annual Christmas Dance.

7:30 PM at Historic St Paul's Church, 137 Queen St South, Kitchener.

Music by Fred Moyes and his bionic accordion.

Download: 2019-K-W-Christmas-Dance.pdf

2019-2020: Dec 28 - Jan 5 - New Zealand Summer School, Cambridge NZ 

Make plans now to escape the northern winter for a summer dancing holiday. For many dancers, a trip to NZ is a once-in-a lifetime event and we are going all out to make it a memorable experience.

Website: http://ss2019.dancescottish.org.nz

To get on an alert list, contact Antanas Procuta

2020: Feb 14-16 - Isle of Wight Weekend School 

What better place to experience a delightful early spring than on the beautiful Isle of Wight!


Music: Robert Mackay and Ian & Judith Muir

PLUS. . .  for the social dances: Ian Muir & The Craigellachie Band.

Download:  2020-Isle-of-Wight-Weekend.pdf

Info:  Catherine Packwood-Bluett or call 011+44+01980 621322

2020: Feb 14-16 - Aloha Winter Weekend 

Hawaii. . . in February. . .

Guest Teacher: RACHEL PUSEY

Music (say this after me...):
Humuhumunukunukapua’a and Strathspey Society Band

  1.   Friday Night Social Class

  2.   Saturday Night Dinner & Dance

  3.   Sunday Class

  4.   Sunday Evening Ceilidh

Download:  2020-Aloha-Weekend-postcard.pdf

2020: April 13 - Easter Weekend Away in Chambéry, French Alps 

A dance weekend for advanced dancers in the French Alps.

Chambéry is accessible by train from Paris, Geneva, and Lyon international airports.


Music: Sarah-Jane Summers (fiddle) and James Grey (piano).

Info: www.rscdsparis.fr

2020: Apr 17 - 19 - Scottish Country Dance Weekend School, Lyon 

RSCDS Lyon invites you to a weekend school taught by MATHIAS FERBER and RAMONA RANK.

There will be 2 separate classes: advanced and intermediate.

There will also be a highland and a children's workshop!

Music: Matthias Rank and Silke Grosholz... We're on for another treat!

More info :  Website     2020-RSCDS-Lyon-Weekend-Apr-17-19.pdf

Note: All classes are taught in English.

p.s. Feel free to join us at any other time: RSCDS-Lyon-Calendar-2019-20.pdf

2020: April 28 - May 3: SpringFling2020 in St Petersburg ~~~ May 15 - 17:  SpringFling2020 in Toronto

Each year the Society mounts a special Spring Fling festival for young dancers (12-35),
typically in some exotic location worldwide (e.g., London, Bonn, Glasgow, Paris...).

In 2020, Spring Fling is spreading it’s wings — it will be in TWO exotic locations:
Toronto and St Petersburg, Russia.

Details are in development. Meanwhile you could check out Spring Fling 2019 in Paris.

Info:  Spring Fling St Petersburg    •    Spring Fling Toronto (note, both websites are bare bones for now)

Typically, there is an accompanying Spring Fringe for adults.
Paris Spring Fringe website.

Download a printable reminder to stick on your fridge or calendar: 

2020: May 15-17 - Benelux Weekend in Belgium (near Antwerp) 

Brussels Dance Scottish, the Thistle Club in Eindhoven, the Luxembourg Scottish Country Dance Club, and other clubs in Benelux invite you to join us for a truly Scottish, BENELUX WEEKEND.

Includes Dance Classes, Friday and Saturday evening social dances and a Musicians’ course.


Musicians: Susan MacFadyen, Shona MacFadyen, Màrtainn Skene

Download:  2020-Benelux-SCD-weekend.pdf  

Info (and to join mailing list): https://bricksite.com/scdbrussels/benelux-scd-weekend-2020

2020: July 5-11 - Blue Ridge Scottish Dance School 

The Blue Ridge Scottish Dance School is a new adventure in Scottish Country Dancing: 
BRSDS debuts July 5-11, 2020 on the campus of Appalachian State University.  Come spend a week or partial week in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina learning Scottish Country Dancing while connecting with new friends or reuniting with old ones.

Offerings include daily classes in skilled and social levels, afternoon bonus classes in topics of interest, evening dances, and the Grandfather Mountain Gala to finish the week.  Grab your ghillies and join the fun!


More info:  https://www.blueridgesds.org

2020: Sept 20-28 - Touristing, followed by Dance Weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Buenos Aires Scottish Dancers (BASCD) are waiting to welcome you to Buenos Aires - the home of Tango, Evita, Malbec & Mate!

The International Branch is spreading its wings and we want you to share this exciting opportunity with us and join us where Scottish Dancing meets Tango!

The Tourist Programme starts the afternoon of Sunday 20th September 2020, and is followed by a Dance Weekend from Friday 25 Sept to 28.

Both the hotel and dance venue are in the heart of the city and the venue for both dances and classes is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Registration is now open to IB members; non-members from 1st July 2019.

The BASCD dancers are looking forward to meeting and dancing with IB members in Buenos Aires.

Facebook group for this event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/376562669664073/     International Branch on Facebook: here

2020: Oct 16-18 - RSCDS Ottawa Workshop Weekend 

Save the date.


    To have your event posted, send a brief write-up, including Date, Time, Location, Cost, Contact Info, and sign-up form if appropriate.
    Send to webmaster, Rob Lockhart. To place your event in our monthly newsletter, Set&Link, copy the message to Donald Holmes.