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Jan 25  - RSCDS Kitchener-Waterloo Burns Supper and Dance 

Please join us for a fine evening’s entertainment in true Scottish fashion!
Our traditional Burns Programme celebrating the life and works of the Scottish Bard,
features a Toast to the Immortal Memory, and Traditional Scottish Fare:
steak pie, haggis, bashed neeps, chappit tatties, dessert, tea, coffee (vegetarian meal upon request)

Downloads: 2020-K-W-Burns-Supper.pdf    2020-K-W-Burns-Supper-Registration.pdf

Saturday, Feb 8 - The Ardbrae Ball, Ottawa 

The Ardbrae Scottish Country Dancers of Ottawa invite you to their Catered Buffet and Ball at the Glebe Community Centre.We shall dance to the music of Torridon Scottish Country Dance Band. 

Pot-luck brunch on Sunday. 

Full tickets $95 ($65 for non-dancers and for "dancing-only" tickets). 
Hospitality is available.

Brochure and Registration:  2020-Ardbrae-Ball.pdf

For more details, consult our website: www.ardbrae.org

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

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

Feb 22 - RSCDS London (Ont.) Workshop & Tea Dance 

Guest teachers: Moira Korus and Isobel Hunter

Full Day (Workshop, lunch and Tea Dance) $45  Early Bird $35 if payment received by January 29th.

Workshop (including lunch) $40  Tea Dance $15

Polish Combatants Association Hall, 80 Ann Street, London, Ontario  

Registration 9:15 am

Info: Mary Howard 519-660-4430 or Maureen Graham 519 472-3422   

Download:  2020-London-Workshop-application.pdf

March 6 - 8 - RSCDS Belleville SCD Weekend 

Our teacher will be Fiona Grant from Bristol, England. 

The programme will be announced after Christmas. 

Registration forms and programmes will be sent out to everyone who attended in previous years.

More info:  Bill and Jan Cunningham ( drbill210@hotmail.com ) or David Aston ( david.aston@kos.net )

At the Masonic Temple, Belleville

March 21-22 - Heather Ball Weekend in Vancouver 

RSCDS Vancouver is pleased to present two great events for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Only $95 for both ($105 for non RSCDS members)

Saturday:  Heather Ball at Scottish Cultural Centre – 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver

$80 RSCDS members  $90 non RSCDS members

Reception 5:45 pm - Dinner 6:15 pm – Grand March 7:45 pm

Superb music provided by Colin Dewar and Alasdair Macleod

Enjoy a champagne reception, full hot supper, and soirée after the dance!

Sunday: Afternoon Concert with Colin Dewar and Alasdair Macleod - Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver - 2 pm - $20

Downloads2020-Heather-Ball-Weekend.pdf         Heather-Ball-programme.pdf    Website:  https://rscdsvancouver.org

March 21-22 - Highland Ball and Workshops, Pittsburgh 

Fellow dancers and friends... Our 39th Pittsburgh Highland Ball and Workshops will once again be at the Washington Elks Lodge ballroom in Washington, PA.  Excellent music will be provided by Highland Square (Elissa Hock, Fred Mamula, Jack Lindberg, and Arthur McNair). 

We are thrilled to have Tine MacKay from Mountville, Pennsylvania, teaching our workshops this year. 

We would love to see you there!

Download: 2020-Pittsburgh-Highland-Ball.pdf    Info:  www.pscds.org

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

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

Apr 25 - RSCDS Ottawa Spring Ball 

Come and enjoy a three-course meal in the elegantly appointed Clark Hall, followed by dancing on a dance-friendly sprung floor to the inspiring music of the Torridon Scottish Dance Band.

Tickets are $105 for diners and dancers, $60 for dining only or dancing only. 

There is also a Ball brunch (no charge) on Sunday April 26, from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Churchill Recreation Centre – 345 Richmond Rd. Whether you attend the Ball or not, it would be our pleasure to see you at the brunch.  We hope that we have the pleasure of seeing you.

5:30pm at the RA* Centre, Clark Hall, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa  (RA = Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada)

Brochure & Application Form:  2020-RSCDS-Ottawa-Spring-Ball.pdf    Info:  rscdsottawa.ca/rscds

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: 

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

May 29-31 - Stoney Lake Weekend 

We are pleased to announce our Guest Teacher is Fiona Miller, immediate past Chair of TAC! 
She is well known for skilled and entertaining instruction.

We will dance again to Fred Moyes’ music!

Dancing, including the Saturday dinner and Ball, will be in the historic Sunset Pavilion.  The rest of the weekend is at Pine Vista Resort (see www.pinevista.com for accommodation choices and general pricing). The resort has been reserved for the dance weekend, so you can’t book online. To arrange accommodation, call Julie & Kevin Drain 1-800-634-2848 or 705-877-2108.

If you would like to share a cottage, please contact Registrar, Kathy Armstrong, since there may be others also wanting to share.

Additional info: Jim Armstrong (or text/call 905-706-0623)

Downloads2020-Stoney-Lake-brochure.pdf    2020-Stoney-Lake-registration.docx 

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

Sept 4-5 - Jersey Scottish Country Dance Ball Weekend 

The Jersey Caledonia Scottish Country Dance Group invites you to our Annual Ball Weekend.

We’ll dance to the music of Strathallan, in the beautiful Town Hall of St Helier.

Info:  Alan Nicolle   Download:  2020-Jersey-Ball-Weekend-application.pdf 

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

Sept 27 - Oct 04 - 45th Australian Winter School  

RSCDS Western Australia Branch invites dancers to join us at Muresk Institute in the Avon Valley, 96km east of Perth. Muresk Institute derives its name from the Dempsters of Muresk in Scotland who settled in this area in the 19th century.

The Institute offers excellent single rooms in recently refurbished accommodation. Dempster House, where all meals are served, is a State Heritage-listed homestead built in 1891. Classes will be held at the Institute or in Northam.

Please join us for a great week of dancing with terrific teachers and musicians.

The town of Northam, seven kilometres away, contains many fine examples of 19th century architecture and is the home of hot air ballooning in Western Australia. In spring, this area on the edge of the West Australian wheatbelt is renowned for its wildflowers and birdlife.

Info:  https://winterschool2020.com

Oct 16-18 - RSCDS Ottawa Workshop Weekend 

Save the date.

Saturday, Nov 7 - 100 years of Dancing in the Waterloo Region 

Save the date for this celebratory Ball, co-sponsored by two Waterloo Region dance groups.

Kitchener-Waterloo Branch of the RSCDS was established in 1960;
Blair Scottish Country Dancers group was established in 1980. Add those legacies together and we can celebrate 100 years of dancing in Waterloo Region.

Come join us, and dance on a sprung wood floor at the Alpine Club in Kitchener to the Music of Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

More details closer to the date.

Dec 4-6 - Dance Weekend in Curia, Portugal

The ‘December Weekend in Portugal’ will return to same town – Curia – and to the same hotel – the Curia Palace - for its 7th edition.

Curia is a spa-town on the northern outskirts of Coimbra, located between Oporto and Lisbon. The Bairrada region, where Curia is situated, is a popular wine-growing district in Portugal, known also for its delicious gastronomy and beautiful landscapes.

The Curia Palace Hotel, with its Belle-Epoque and Art Nouveau styled rooms, is not only a beautiful place to stay, but has a magnificent wooden-floor ballroom. It is in this setting that we will enjoy a weekend programme including two balls with live music by Keith Smith (fiddle) and Anne-Laure Latour (piano), SCD classes with Mathias Ferber and a taste of the local gastronomy and wines.

Downloads: 2020-December-Curia-weekend-poster.pdf    2020-December-Curia-weekend-application.docx 

Info:  Adriana Duarte


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