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Dec 15 - RSCDS London, Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance 

Come out and celebrate the holiday season with good food, good friends and a great evening of dancing.

Music by Laird Brown and Scotch Mist

• 5:30pm Cash bar opens   • 6:30 Dinner, dancing follows

$75 for dancers; $50 for non-dancers

Meal choices: Turkey, Beef or Vegetarian

Dec 15 - RSCDS Kitchener-Waterloo, Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance 

Please join us for live music with Fred Moyes, great dances, door prizes, and our ever-popular raffle.

We’ll enjoy light refreshments after the dance

7:30pm at Historic St. Paul's Church, 137 Queen Street S. Kitchener

Tickets $18 in advance ~ $20 at the door

More info:  www.rscds.kitchener.on.ca  or email dance@rscds.kitchener.on.ca

2019: Jan 9 - RSCDS Kitchener-Waterloo, Burns Supper and Dance 

This is a great event to celebrate one of the greatest poets of all time and to have a Scottish meal that includes Haggis.  

Enjoy a traditional Burns feast with Haggis, followed by traditional toasts and The Immortal Memory.

After food and entertainment, don dancing shoes for some good old Scottish Country Dancing. There are dances for all levels of expertise from newbies to pros. Live music by Fred Moyes -- which always makes this an enjoyable event.

Early Bird discount before Dec 31st

The venue is a quaint church in St Jacob’s.

More info:  www.rscds.kitchener.on.ca  or email dance@rscds.kitchener.on.ca

2019: Feb 9 - 10 - Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa Ball, Buffet, and Brunch 

Dance with us to the exciting music of Torridon Scottish Country Dance Band at our annual Triple-B event. . . .Ball, Buffet, Brunch.

At the beautiful Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa

Tickets are $95 ($65 for non-dancers) Contact Bob Anglin

Hospitality is available for out-of-towners.

2019: Feb 15 - 17 - Edmonton Caledonian Workshop & Ball 

Join us at the beautiful Château Lacombe Hotel for the 49th annual Workshop and Ball.

Teachers:  MARJORIE McLAUGHLIN (San Diego), RACHEL PUSEY (Seattle), CRAIG WILLIAMS (Kanata).

Music: The Tartan Players (a 5-piece band)

More info:  Ann MacDonald  1-780-224-7191

2019: Feb 16 - 17 - Dance Weekend with RSCDS Moscow 

RSCDS Moscow Branch welcomes JIM STOTT for a weekend of Scottish country dance, part of Jim’s 2019 Grand Tour across Russia, which will also take him to St Petersburg and Kazan.

International visitors are most welcome to join us.

More info:  http://www.scottishdance.ru/en/events/calendar/111

2019: Feb 17 - 22 - RSCDS Winter School, Pitlochry 

Held in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, the RSCDS Winter School, happens annually during the last week of February. Participants will stay in the majestic Atholl Palace Hotel; a four-star Victorian accommodation, it is the epitome of comfort. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main dining room, which offers stunning views of the valleys below.

Classes are held at different venues around Pitlochry, all in walking distance, and in the Atholl Palace itself. Classes are held every morning and there are optional classes in the afternoon — a full day of dancing if your feet are up for it!

Teachers: Pat Houghton, Sue Porter, William Williamson, Graham Donald

Musicians: Ian Robertson, Jim Lindsay, Muriel Johnstone, Marian Anderson

Winter School always ends with a formal ball in the stunning Great Hall of Blair Atholl Castle — an experience not to be forgotten!

Booking is now open:  www.rscds.org/article/book-now-for-winter-school-2019   Info:  moira.thomson@rscds.org

2019: Feb 18 - 25  and/or  Feb 25 - March 4 - The Sunday Class Holiday in Madeira 


Actually, your choice of two weeks. The first week we dance to CDs, except for one evening of live music. The second week features live music on 5 evenings, and impromptu entertainment by Alex Hodgson. Our band is the wonderful Marian Anderson & Her Scottish Dance Band.

We will stay in the Vila Gale hotel in Santa Cruz, which boasts amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, along with a picturesque town and is only a short transfer from the airport and 7½ miles from Funchal.

Our package is for Half Board with wine and water included with your evening meal and prices include the cost of transfers between Funchal airport and the hotel.

Info:  www.thesundayclass.org.uk/holidays.htm   or   contact Amanda Peart

2019: March 1-3  - Belleville SCD Weekend 

The Belleville Scottish Country Dance Society cordially invites you to our Annual Ball Weekend.  

We are very pleased to announce that the Friday Social, Saturday Classes, and Ball will all be held at the Masonic Temple with its fine wooden floor.  

Our teacher will be the legendary Atsuko Clement from RSCDS Edinburgh. 

We look forward to seeing you in March.  

More info:  David Aston at david.aston@kos.net

2019: March 23-24  - Heather Ball and Musicians’ Workshop, Vancouver 

RSCDS Vancouver proudly presents HEATHER BALL 2019

Music by:  • Neil Barron (Scotland) - accordion • Judi Nicolson (Texas) - fiddle  • Kathy Fraser-Collins (Ontario) - piano • Fred Collins (Ontario) – drums

The Ball: Saturday, 5:45 pm at Scottish Cultural Centre - $80

Enjoy a champagne reception, full hot supper & a soiree after the dance!

Musicians’ Workshop: Sunday 1 to 5 pm - $45 at the Taiwanese Cultural Centre (just across the lane from the SCC) Bring your instrument and enjoy playing Scottish music with Neil, Judi, Kathy, and Fred.

For details on both events as they unfold, visit the Vancouver Branch Calendar: https://rscdsvancouver.org/dance/the-heather-ball/



2019: March 29 - 31 - Madison Scottish Country Dancers Ball Weekend 

Madison Scottish Country Dancers would be thrilled to welcome you to join us for our 42nd annual ball
on the shores of Loch Mendota at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union's beautiful Great Hall!

The weekend schedule includes:

•    A Friday evening concert showcasing the best in Scottish music, old and new

•    A Saturday morning dance workshop with Susie, focusing on form and technique

•    A reception, dinner and  ball in the resplendent grandeur of Great Hall

•    Our not-to-be-missed after-ball party and Sunday brunch, in true Madison tradition!.

Teachers: TBA

Location:  The Great Hall of the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison, Wisconsin

Info: madisonscottishcountrydancers.org 

2019: March 31 - Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa Spring Tea Dance 

We shall welcome Spring with the joy of dance and the music of
Laura Risk on fiddle and Nick Williams on keyboard.

At Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Tickets $20 from Elaine Hoag

2019: April 12 - 14 - SCD Weekend In Lyon 


Musicians:  SUSAN  and  FIONA MacFADYEN

Classes for Intermediate, Advanced, and Very Advanced dancers. Optional Highland Class.

All classes will be given in English.

Download brochure & Application Form: 2019-LYON-weekend-12-14-April.pdf

Questions:  Raphaël Orgeret

2019: Apr 13 - RSCDS Ottawa Branch Spring Ball 

The RSCDS Ottawa Branch cordially invites you to our Ottawa Branch Ball on 13 Apr. We shall enjoy an evening meal, followed by dancing to the inspiring music of Torridon Scottish Dance Band with Kathy Fraser-Collins and Freddy Collins.

Tickets and other info will be available in the new year.

The Ball will be at the wonderful Ottawa Conference Centre 200 Coventry Road.
Meanwhile, download: 
2019-RSCDS-Ottawa-Ball-Notice.pdf (includes programme listing)

Questions? Contact the convenors, Todd & Karen Moxley.

2019: Apr 19 - 21 - Spring Fling, Paris — A special weekend for young dancers 18-35 

Save the date lovely dancers: Paris will be the place to be Easter Weekend, April 2019!

Previous Spring Flings have been wildly successful. Glasgow 2018 attracted 144 young dancers from 20 countries. Usually, and most likely in Paris, there is an associated Spring Fling for the over-35 crowd. The last big event of the Spring Fling is a combined dance, which counted 350 dancers in Glasgow.

Details will be forthcoming. Register to receive our newsletter and all further information.

The Spring Fling website:  springfling.rscdsparis.fr/

Spring Fling Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/203119377185224/

2019: Apr 30 - May 5 - Spring School of Scottish Country Dance, Kazan, Russia 

RSCDS Moscow Branch is happy to invite you to the most outstanding and important event in the Scottish Dancing Culture in Russia. The School program includes the workshops in all styles of Scottish Dancing: Scottish Country, Highland, Ladies’ Step, and Cape Breton Step.

Our teachers:  RON WALLACE (USA) – SCD, Step Dance (hard and soft shoes) and GABOR TURI (Hungary) – SCD.  And we hope to see DERYCK MITCHELSON (UK) as a Highland Dance teacher.

Our dancers come from all parts of Russia. Most are young and energetic. This school allows dancers from distant areas to learn from the best practices and inspires them for continuing study of Scottish dancing and spreading Scottish culture around.

We would be glad to see experienced dancers, as well as beginners, from all around the world. This would allow our participants to become acquainted with different traditions and schools of Scottish dancing.

More info:  http://www.scottishdance.ru/en/school/spring-school/spring-school-2019

2019: May 3 - 6 - International Branch Weekend in The Netherlands 

“In Netherlands the vast sea of flowers starts with crocus in March, followed by daffodils and hyacinths, then finally the tulips show their gorgeous colours, from mid-April through the first week of May.”

International Branch has chosen this wonderful season to invite you to visit this beautiful country with us. The Dance Weekend is be based in the Mitland Hotel, Utrecht, just 45 minutes from Amsterdam. We’ll be based in the same hotel for the Tourist Programme the week before (28 Apr - 3 May), during which we will visit Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Gouda, Keukenhof Gardens, and more.


Musicians: Ian Robertson (England), Shona McFadyen (Scotland), Edwin Werner (Netherlands)

More Info: www.rscds-ib.org  or email netherlands@rscds-ib.org    Download: 2019-International-Branch-Weekend-Netherlands-2019.pdf

2019: May 31 - June 2 - Budapest Scottish Country Dance Weekend 

Dance with us in beautiful Budapest. Our teacher is ALASDAIR GRAY, with music by James Gray on piano, plus Andrew Lyon and Phill Jones on accordion.

The weekend will be followed by an optional tour to Sopron and environs in the northwest of Hungary (from Tuesday 4 to 7 June). This historic area with wonderful countryside and local culture (including viticulture) is sure to be a great pleasure.

From Sopron, there will be transport onwards for those joining the June 7 SCD Weekend in Vienna, or a return to Budapest.

More details and registration: http://bstk.hu/ball2019  or, write to us at ball.budapest@gmail.com

Download:  budapest-2019_poster.pdf

2019: June 7 - 10 - Scottish Dance Weekend in Vienna 

We are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the RSCDS Vienna Branch.

Highlight will be a Dance Weekend for advanced dancers in Vienna, with RAPHAELLE ORGERET as teacher and Peter Shand as class pianist.

We are very happy to welcome Muriel Johnstone and Keith Smith as musicians for the evening dances and the ball on Sunday evening.

The venue for the weekend, Hotel Europahaus, Vienna, combines the dance hall, restaurant, and hotel rooms under one roof. The hotel is surrounded by a small park, the city can be easily reached by public transport. The Vienna Woods are nearby, the famous Schönbrunn Palace is only a few subway stops away, and one of the most important Art Nouveau churches, St. Leopold at Steinhof, is 3km distance.

More info, visit:  http://www.rscdsvienna.org/2019 or email weekend2019@rscdsvienna.org

2019: July 7 - 13 - 44th Annual Australian Winter School, Melbourne  

Melbourne & District Branch extends a warm invitation to all dancers to meet at University College, College Drive, University of Melbourne, Parkville for a fun filled week of Scottish Country Dancing with great teachers and musicians.

Accommodation is in modern student rooms. All have double beds with ensuite facilities. Meals will be provided in the College Dining room. Class and evening venues will be located in the surrounding area.

Registration:  2pm, Sunday, 7th July 2019 at University College, University of Melbourne.

Contact email:    familyreed@bigpond.com

2019: July 14 - Aug 11 - RSCDS Summer School, St Andrews  

Join hundreds of dancers from around the world in the beautiful and historic town of St Andrews. You have a choice of four weeks, opt for more than one if you are up for it.

You stay in university residences well known to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
(a.k.a. William and Kate).

Dance venues are all over town, an enjoyable walk through parkland and cobbled streets. Your teachers are the best of the best and each class has live music. Evenings have specialist dances or a ceilidh in residence, or general dances in town, and special evenings in the legendary Younger Hall.

More info as it becomes available, or visit:  RSCDS Website

2019: July 26-28 - Teachers’ Conference Weekend and Annual General Meeting  

The Scottish Country Dance Teachers’ Association (Canada), better known as TAC, hosts a Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW) and AGM each year at a venue in Canada or the USA. The 2019 events are at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

TCW Teacher will be JIMMY HILL from Edinburgh, Scotland. TCW Musicians will be Andy Imbrie (piano) and Debbie Benton Grosjean (fiddle) from California.

Eligibility to attend TAC TWC and AGM: Teachers of Scottish country dance who have obtained Level 1 (Units 1, 2, 3 or the Prelim) or Level 2 (Units 4 & 5 or Full) Certificates from the RSCDS and who are current Members of TAC are eligible to attend all events at the TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend (including voting rights at the AGM). Click for more info.

2019: July 28 - Aug 4 - TAC Summer School, Calgary  

The Scottish Country Dance Teachers’ Association (Canada), TAC, hosts a Scottish country dance summer school annually at a venue in Canada or the USA. TAC Summer School is open to ALL Scottish Country Dancers from basic to advanced and from beginner to experienced.

This year, we are at beautiful Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Teaching staff: JIMMIE HILL (Edinburgh), LINDA HENDERSON (California),
GEOFFREY SELLING (Pennsylvania), and MOIRA KORUS (Toronto)

Musical staff:  Andy Imbrie (Director) and The Reel of Seven!

Download this Save-the-date poster: 2019-TAC_SS.pdf  or  Visit TAC Summer School website

Download:  2019-TAC-Summer-School.pdf

2019: August 18 - 25 - Scottish Dance Week in Prague 

Dear dancing friends. . . You are cordially invited to our International Dance Course. For more than 25 years, we have organized regular summer dance courses for fans of Czech folk dancing, and Scottish country dancing. This year, we’ve decided to run the two courses simultaneously, with separate dancing halls at the same facility. The two courses will be joined for sightseeing tours and cultural outings. We hope everyone will enjoy this intermixing of the two dancing communities.

Scottish dancers will surely be thrilled to learn our teacher will be again RON WALLACE, with MURIEL JOHNSTONE on piano. On Saturday August 24 we will take you to North Bohemia to join 20th annual Scottish Highland Games.

This course is for experienced Scottish Country dancers who have mastered the basic formations and steps.  We very much look forward to meeting you.                 . . .Yours, Jitka Bonušová a Jan Pumpr        Website

2019: September 5 - 7 - Scottish Dance Weekend and Ball in Jersey, the Channel Islands 

Jersey Caledonian Scottish Country Dance Group invites you to our annual Scottish dance weekend and Ball where we’ll dance to the music of Strathallan. One walk through for each dance. Our Ball is in the beautiful Town Hall of Hillier (shown).

Thursday:  8pm to 10.30pm ~ a run-through of dances on the weekend programme. Includes  refreshments

Friday:  Dancing 7pm to 11.30pm. Includes a buffet supper and a glass of wine.

Saturday:  Dancing 7pm to 11.30 pm. includes a buffet supper and a glass of wine.

Ticket prices ~  Thursday: £5;  Friday: £20;  Saturday Ball:  £20. Contact: Joy Carry 01534 862205

Info on flights and accommodation: www.jersey.com  or ring 01534 448850 for a Jersey Tourism brochure.

2019: Oct 18 - 20 - RSCDS Oslo 50th Anniversary Weekend 

Scottish country dancing for 50 years in OLSO. . . Norway?   Who would have guessed?

RSCDS Olso will celebrate a half-century of sociable fun with a workshop weekend and dance.

Teacher: WILLAIM WILLIAMSON   Musicians:  KEITH SMITH (fiddle) and JAMES GRAY (piano)

Registration is now open -- don’t delay, participation is limited to 60 dancers.

Download:  2019-Oslo-50th-anniv-weekend.pdf

Info and Registration:  www.oscdg.no

The Dance Programmes will be announced soon.

2019: Nov 1 - 3 - RSCDS San Francisco ~ Asilomar Weekend at Pacific Grove 

Join us at Asilomar, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, just 120 miles south of San Francisco. This spectacular state park, with its historic buildings designed by Julia Morgan, 107 acres of woodlands, sand dunes, and ocean beach is an ideal setting for a magical weekend of Scottish country dancing. Asilomar offers charming, modern guest rooms, set in a rustic, restful setting and promises you an unforgettable weekend dancing in beautiful Merrill Hall, classes with world-class teachers and outstanding musicians.

Teachers:  TBA 

More info anon.

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.

Plans are still underway but to get on an alert list, contact the organiser, Antanas Procuta

Website: http://dancescottish.org.nz/index.php

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


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