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Sept 2 - 3 - Youth Weekend Away in Oslo

RSCSD Youth Branch invites young dancers to a weekend in Olso.

Teachers are Jamie Berg, James Gray, and Matthias Rank.

The weekend includes SCD workshop, Musicians’ Workshop, Cape Breton Workshop, Lunch, and a Sunday sightseeing tour.

Travel grants are available.

The evening dance is open to all.

More info:  https://www.rscds-youth.org

Sept 8 - 9 - Jersey SCD Weekend and Ball, Channel Islands

Once again we in Jersey are preparing for our annual Ball, Friday & Saturday 8th & 9th September with a pre-ball practice night on Thursday 7th September.  

There will be one walk through for each dance on both nights.  

Ticket price of £35 covers both nights and £5 for the pre-ball practice.

Music will be provided by Ian and Judith Muir (Craigellachie)

We dance at the beautiful Town Hall in St Helier

Download: 2017-Jersey-weekend-application.doc

Sept 15 - 17 - Scottish Weekend at Timber Ridge, West Virginia

The Scottish Weekend emphasizes the best in live music, fine teaching, and "controlled abandon." We begin Friday night with supper and a welcome dance. Two morning classes and one in the afternoon are offered on Saturday, followed by time to relax, swim, shop, and socialize. That evening our piper leads us in a grand march followed by an elegant full-dress ball and a ceilidh. After another class on Sunday morning, all participants gather for the popular combined class, then lunch and farewells until next year

Teachers: Robert McOwen, David Queen, Margaret Grandine.

Info and Registration: Scottish Weekend

Sept 18 - Nov 6 - Scottish Country Dance and Walking Holidays, various dates & locations in England 

Each morning we have a Dance Workshop where you learn interesting and unusual dances with the guidance of our experienced Dance Leaders. In the afternoon, enjoy a pleasant guided walk, or explore the locality at leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to start out on a full day's Guided Walk. Following dinner, each evening brings everyone together for a full and inclusive Program of Scottish Country Dancing.

Locations & dates: Eastbourne May 1-5; Matlock Sept 18-22; Symonds Yat Oct 16-20; Grange-over-Sands Nov 6-10.

For details, visit:  https://sites.google.com/site/scottishdancingwalkingholidays

Sept 29 - Oct 1 - Golden Jubilee Celebration SCD Weekend, Gifu, Japan 

The Gifu SCD group is hosting a Golden Jubilee celebration dance weekend at Miyako Hotel, Gifu, Japan.

Teacher: Mary Murray from Vancouver BC.

Musicians: Marian Anderson & her Scottish Country Dance Band.

Welcome dance, workshops, ball, optional tours, cultural experiences and more.

For information: e-mail to: artnork@wh.commufa.jp

Sept 30 - Montreal Branch Workshop & Tea Dance 

At the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, 3415 Redpath, Montréal

Check the website for updates and details:  http://scdmontrealorg.weebly.com/workshops.html

Oct 6 - 8 - Fall Workshop, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 

Our 35th Anniversary Fall Workshop will feature teachers Ron Wallace (USA) and Jim Stott (Scotland). The music is still being finalized, but Mara Shea (USA) is confirmed at the moment.

We are hoping that many former members of the NS Branch, ISCDS attendees, visitors, (oh, ANYone who wishes) will attend some or all of the weekend.

Friday: Ceilidh evening, Saturday: morning and afternoon classes, evening Banquet and Ball; and Sunday: a morning Teachers' Class.

Details will be posted on the NS Branch website:  www.rscdsnovascotia.ca

Registration opens in March of 2017. Info and questions: lydiahedge@accesswave.ca

Oct 6 - 8 - Scots Gathering in the Canadian Rockies 

Unleash Your Inner Scot! At a unique Cultural Gathering being held this Thanksgiving (October 6-9, 2017) in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Explore the arts with dancing, music and needlework workshops. Learn new things with whisky tasting and cultural lectures. Enjoy meeting new friends at the classes, ceilidh and ball.

Teachers:  Pat Houghton (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Evelyn Nixon (Comox, BC)

Musicians: Judi Nicholson, Fiona Carnie, Ron Krug, Mary Ross, Lisa Scott.

Hosted by St. Andrew-Caledonian Society of Calgary and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Calgary Branch  Info:  http://calgaryscots.org

Oct 14-15 - Paris Branch Advanced Weekend 

Join your Paris friends in dance for a weekend workshop with teacher Rachel SHANKLAND.

In addition to workshop instruction there will be social dancing and a music course,
led by fiddler Keith SMITH.

More info:  October advanced week-end 2017 | RSCDS Paris Branch

Oct 16 - After Harvest Tea Dance 

The Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa are pleased to welcome the fiddle and keyboard duo of Laura Risk and Nick Williams to play for their After Harvest Tea Dance on Sunday, October 16th. The dance will be held from 2pm-4:30pm at the Churchill Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Road) in Ottawa.

Admission is $20/person at the door. Tea and goodies will be served during the intermission.

Program cribs: www.arbrae.org    More info: elaine.hoag@gmail.com

Oct 20-21 - Arbrae Dancers’ 150th Celebration and Fun Shop! 

The Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa are pleased to welcome teachers, Tracee APPLEBY and Barbara JOHNSTON.

Our musicians are Laura RISK and Nick WILLIAMS of Les Joueurs de Bon Accord and Hanneke Cassels, the 1997 U.S. Fiddle Champion.

The workshop is at beautiful Ashbury College, 3362 Mariposa Ave., Ottawa

Download:  2017-Ardbrae-150th-celebration.pdf    Program cribs: www.arbrae.org   

More info: elaine.hoag@gmail.com

Oct 21 - A Simply Scottish Day of Dance on Salt Spring Island 

We will be offering workshops during the day and a dinner and dance in the evening. We are excited to have, as our teachers, Elinor Vandegrift of Seattle and our own Richard Bennett of Salt Spring.

Live music will be provided by Ron Krug (piano) from Winnipeg and Mary Ross (accordion) and Janette Polson (fiddle) from Vancouver Island.  

Brochure:  2017-Saltspring-Simply-Scottish-brochure.pdf

Registration, and general info:  http://www.saltspringscottishdancers.org/simply-scottish/

Oct 21  - London Branch Day School 

RSCDS London Branch runs an annual Day School. There are morning and afternoon classes with an optional afternoon workshop, followed by an evening dance which features a smattering of ceilidh!

There is also a Musicians’ Class, led by Ian Muir of Prestwick, and leading to playing for the evening dance.

Teachers:  Helen Russell, William Williamson, Lindsay Ibbotson, Tom Ibbotson.

Musicians:  Barbara Manning, Ian Muir of Craigellachie, Judith Muir, Ian Robertson, and (presumably) the other Ian Muir.

More info:  www.rscdslondon.org.uk

Nov 3 - 5 - Kingston Branch Workshop Weekend and Ball 

Remember the past, enjoy the present, look forward to the future -- DANCE !

Teachers: Fiona MILLER of Lethbridge, Alberta and Marion HAMILTON of Kanata, Ontario.

SCOTCH MIST will play for the ball.

The workshop is at Frontenac Secondary School, 1789 Bath Road, Kingston

Download: 2017-Kingston-Workshop&Ball-Registration.pdf   

More info:  Jim MacLachlan 613.382.8682 or visit:   RSCDS Kingston Branch

Nov 17 - 19 - Asilomar Weekend 

Join dancers from far and wide at Asilomar on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Historic buildings, woodlands, sand dunes, and ocean beach — Asilomar is an ideal setting for a magical weekend, and we dance in beautiful Merrill Hall.

Teachers:  Fred DeMarse, Chandi McCracken, Mary Murray, Sue Porter, and Gary Thomas.

Music:  “Hood, Wink, & Swagger” plus Laura Risk and Nicholas Williams.

Applications are now open:    Contact Patti Cobb at pkcobb23@gmail.com 
or visit the
Asilomar Dance Weekend website

Nov 24 - 26 - Lyon Weekend Workshop 

Two parallel classes for 2 levels + music course.  Teachers: Alasdair GRAY, Fiona MACKIE

Musicians: Luke BRADY (accordion), Mathias RANK (fiddle), Pascaline LATOUR (recorder)

All classes and the social dancing evenings will be in English, but both teachers are aware of the language barrier an international group might meet. No complete beginners.

Friday night: RG Fitness, 22 Rue de la République, 69600 Oullins
Rest of the weekend: Les Nouveaux Ateliers de la danse, 162 Grande rue d’Oullins 69600 Oullins.

Download:  2017-Lyon-November-weekend.pdf    

For more info:  http://rscds-lyon.fr/?lang=en         or email:  Raphaëlle Orgeret

Nov 25 - 26 - Zürich Weekend Workshop and Ball 

On November 25th-26th we'll be holding our biennial dance weekend and ball.

Linda Henderson from San Francisco will be teaching, and we have Ian Robertson and Muriel Johnstone to provide the music once again.

Details are not yet available, but go to: http://www.zscdc.ch/november17  and fill in the form to keep informed of developments.

2017/18 - Dec 28 - Jan 5 - New Zealand “Summer School” 

Scottish country dancers are invited to the annual RSCDS New Zealand Summer School to be held in Masterton, in the scenic Wairarapa district of North Island. Accommodation at Copthorne Solway Park Wairarapa — a 4-star+ hotel with indoor and outdoor pools, golf driving range, tennis court, and bush walk.
Early registration is recommended.

Contact: Elaine Laidlaw: elaine@laidlaw.net.nz

More info:  http://dancescottish.org.nz/

2017/18 - Dec 29 - Jan 1 - Scottish Country Dancing Hogmanay at Higham Hall, Cumbria 

Enjoy a dancing Hogmanay in the beautiful Lake District of Cumbria. Higham Hall is more than a college running interesting courses, as one student put it:

“Higham is a place set apart; half-hidden, a place to retreat to, to recharge batteries in and to leave with regret – batteries primed again.”

This Hogmanay dance event is for dancers with at least 3 years experience and basic competence with formations. And, for those, who wish to improve their dance technique while preparing for the new year.

Teachers: Mervyn Short and Maureen Haynes. Music by George Meikle.

Morning classes, optional afternoon session, evening social dances are offered. The event culminates in a Hogmanay Dinner and Ball in this glorious heritage building.

Contact: Higham Hall at 017687 76276  or visit www.highamhall.com

2018 - Feb 9 - 11 - Workshop and Grand Ball in Italy 

Come and join a fantastic dancing weekend in Marostica (Vicenza).

Teachers: Antoine Rousseau RSCDS Paris Branch and Olga Ivanova RSCDS Moscow Branch

With fabulous music by.... James Gray

Timetables, prices, and accommodation info posted here:   www.scotiashores.com

For more info/details: info@scotiashores.com

Scotia Shores’ Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/scotiashores

Download poster:  Scotia-shores.jpg

2018 - March 16 - 18 - 24th Annual Iberian Dance Weekend, Algarve, Portugal 

The Lisbon-Lapa SCD group is delighted to host the 24th IBERIAN GATHERING – ALGARVE 2018. Our venue is the 5-star Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa — and we’ll have a good wood floor!

Teacher: Antoine Rousseau     Music: Luke Brady’s band.

Algarve is famous for its historical towns (Tavira, Silves, Lagos), its beaches and its gastronomy based on local products (fish, almonds, figs…). We look forward to welcoming you all in the Algarve in March 2018 !

Dancers from outside Iberia may contact us via scdlapa@gmail.com    |    Info:  https://sites.google.com/site/ipscdg/our-agencies

2018 - April 20 - 22 - Spring Fling 2018 in Glasgow — ages 12 - 35 

This is a Scottish Country Dance Festival for young dancers, 12-35. The festival travels to a different country each year. The highly successful 2017 Spring Fling was in Bonn, Germany, and it was sold out.

Spring Fling 2018 will be in boisterous, irreverent Glasgow. The poor old Duke of Wellington is never without a traffic cone adornment for very long, despite the best efforts of Glasgow council to maintain his dignity.

Subsidies and scholarships are available for young people to attend; and there is a concurrent Spring Fringe for those over 35.

To sign up for email alerts, visit: https://www.springfling2018.com

This event is under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society but programme, planning, and much else is in the hands of young people.

2018 - April 27 - 29 - Spring Weekend in Lyon 

Two parallel classes for two levels + music course

Teachers:  David HALL, William WILLIAMSON

Musicians: Luke & Adam BRADY (piano and accordion)

For more info:  http://rscds-lyon.fr/?lang=en         or email:  Raphaëlle Orgeret

2018 - June 15 - 17 - Country Dance Weekend in Lews Castle, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 


Prominent SCD Teacher, Jimmy Hill, of Edinburgh, has organized a country dance weekend in the Outer Hebrides for next June. Dancing will take place in the spectacular restored ballroom of Lews Castle, overlooking Stornoway harbour.

At that time of the year it is daylight almost 24 hours a day in Lewis and with any luck the midges are waiting for the biggest influx of tourists in July!

Cost for the dance weekend is £120 and two nights bed and breakfast in a nearby hotel would be around £160. If you are quick, you might snag accommodation in the castle itself.

The weekend include a Friday night social dance, Saturday morning class, Saturday evening ball, then an informal Sunday morning class.

It also includes a three-course meal before the ball in Lews Castle. 

2018-Stornoway-Weekend-brochure.pdf     2018-Stornoway-Weekend-application.pdf   2018-Stornoway-Weekend-Accommodation.pdf

For more info, please email Jimmy at macleodhill@mac.com

2018 - June 15 - 17 - Danses Écossaises Weekend in Grenobles 

Le Chardon du Dauphiné dance group invites you to a weekend of Scottish country dance in beautiful Grenoble in the Rhône-Alps region of France.

We will have two great teachers: Raphaëlle ORGERET and Paul PLUMMER,
accompanied by Lindsey IBBOTSON and another musician to be announced.

There will be a Friday Welcome Dance; Saturday Intermediate and Advanced classes, an Evening Ball, and a Sunday morning Mixed abilities class.

For continuing updates, visit their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/chardondudauphine/

Save your place by sending an email to kpiquemal.chardon@gmail.com

2018 - Oct 26 - 28 - Autumn in Gamundia: An international Scottish Dance Weekend for advanced dancers 

Over the centuries, many have made their way to Schwäbisch Gmünd, from Romans defending their frontier town known as Gamundia to the medieval artisans who originated the town‘s title as the‚ Gold and Silver City. Why not dance in their footsteps in Autumn 2018?

The town will echo to the sound of the pipes and kilts will grace the historic streets. The dance venue, is an attractive modern congress centre in a beautiful location, with a small park just across the road from the hotel where accommodation will be available for all participants.

Teacher: Andrew Nolan.    Music: Luke & Adam Brady.

There will be a welcome dance on Friday evening, classes on Saturday and Sunday morning and a ball on Saturday evening.

Detailed info:   www.rechbergscottishdancers.de
or sign up for e-mail alerts.

Contact: Ute Pitzal, gamundia@rechbergscottishdancers.de