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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



2017-Kingston-51st-weekend-ball cribs.pdf  

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

Nov 3 - 5 - The Society’s AGM Conference Weekend and Ball, Perth 

The annual general meeting of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society takes place over three days in Perth. If that sounds like a lot of blether, well. . . . necessarily and importantly, there will be some,. But there is also a huge amount of dancing. The last night ball might see you dancing with 600 other dancers. Imagine the excitement of that!

The AGM Weekend is open to any Member of RSCDS worldwide, however only official delegates can vote.

This happens in the fair city of Perth, at the magnificent Bell’s Sports Centre.

For more info and booking, visit:  www.rscds.org/article/agm-conference-weekend-2017 

Nov 6 - 10 - 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

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 - Jan 13 - Annual Ball in Cheltenham 

Cheltenham is in the heart of the Cotswolds, and a former spa town full of beautiful Regency architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene.

It is thanks to that history that we shall host our Annual Ball in the magnificent Pittville Pump Rooms.

We will dance to Nicol McClaren & The Glencraig Band.

For more info visit RSCDS Cheltenham

Or, contact Margaret Winterbourne 44+ 01242 683238

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

Come and join a fantastic dancing weekend in Marostica (Vicenza).
Three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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 - Feb 16 -18 - Isle of Wight Weekend School 

Royal watchers will know the Isle of Wight was a favourite retreat for Queen Victoria. Come and see why she loved it so. Oh, and you can dance here too!

We will have two wonderful teachers, three legendary musicians, and a band for the social dances.

Teachers: Pat HOUGHTON of Edinburgh; Fred DEMARSE of San Francisco.

Musicians for Classes:  Robert MacKay from Edinburgh; Ian & Judith Muir from Berkshire.

And for the social dances: Craigellachie Band

For further information contact Catherine Packwood-Bluett  44+ 01980 621322  or Aileen Napper 44+ 01983 614993

2018 - Feb 16 - 23 - RSCDS Winter School, Pitlochry 

Need a winter holiday, with dancing? You can spend a lovely week at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry. There will be five days of dancing and music with. . .

Teachers: Mervyn Short, Helen Russell, Lindsey Ibbotson, Paul Plummer

Musicians: Muriel Johnstone, Judith and Ian Muir, Judith Smith

The last night formal ball takes place in the impressively atmospheric Great Hall of historic Blair Atholl Castle.


For further info and booking:  www.rscds.org/news/winter-school-2018-2

2018 - Feb 16 - 18 - Aloha Winter Weekend, Hawaii 

RSCDS Hawaii Branch is planning its Annual Aloha Winter Weekend for 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The weekend will include a Friday evening social dance, Saturday and Sunday classes, a Saturday evening dinner dance, and a Sunday afternoon ceilidh.  

The guest instructor for the weekend will be Mary Murray from Vancouver, Canada. 
Music will be provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Society and Strathspey Band from San Francisco.

Download:  2018-Aloha-Weekend-brochure.pdf (and application form)  
More info: 
rscdshawaii.org, or Melissa Lindsay  (808) 256-3347

2018 - March 2 - 4 - Belleville Workshop Weekend

Belleville Scottish Country Dancers Annual Workshop and Ball will be held March 2, 3 and 4, 2018.   

Music by Scotch Mist.  

Our teachers are two grandes dames de danse:
Mary Murray from BC, and Scroll of Honour awardée Jean Noble from Toronto.   

For information, contact Bill and Jan Cunningham at 613-965-4212 or David Aston at david.aston@kos.net.  

2018 - March 9 -10 - Lorn Weekend School in Oban 

The Lorn (Argyll) Branch invites you our 57th annual weekend school in wonderful Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

The weekend begins with a Friday evening social dance with music by Michael Garvin’s Band

Saturday morning is devoted to classes, taught by dance wizard, Janet JOHNSTON. Martainn Skene will play piano for class.

Saturday evening features a buffet dance, 6:30 to 11:30pm, with dancing to David Oswald’s band..

For application form, contact Sue Porter 44+ 01631 563103

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 6 - 8 - Dancing In New Places:  Nikko, Japan

Enjoy Scottish country dancing and discover the rich culture and beauty of Japan at cherry blossom time. Optional tourist programmes include many beautiful places and interesting activities: tea ceremony, sushi making, kabuki theatre, overnight stay in a Buddhist monastery.

Teachers:  Graham DONALD  and Yoshiki OYAMA

Musicians:  Jim Lindsay and Hiroko Kokai

This event is designed for advanced and intermediate dancers.

More info: contact Katalin Konya

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 (but beginners are expected to have attended a few prior classes)

Teachers:  David HALL, William WILLIAMSON

Musicians: Luke & Adam BRADY (piano and accordion)

There will also be a music course this weekend.

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

2018 - April 28 - Cheltenham Day School and Evening Dance 

Cheltenham is in the heart of the Cotswolds, and a former spa town full of beautiful Regency architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene.

RSCDS Cheltenham welcomes you to an enjoyable and instructive day of Scottish country dance at the Reddings Community Centre.

Teacher, Advanced and General Class: Pat HOUGHTON;  Beginner Class: Anne WALKER.

Musician: Keith Anderson.

For more info visit RSCDS Cheltenham

Or, contact Margaret Winterbourne 44+ 01242 683238

2018 - May 7 - 9 - Dancing In New Places:  Bucharest, Romania

What could be more enchanting than dancing in exotic Bucharest, the “Paris of the East”. . . and, by contrast, in the same city, massive modernity of the now-departed Communist regime.

Optional tourist programmes include many beautiful places and dramatic places, such as Dracula’s Castle, the Carpathian Mountains, and the world’s largest palace. Plus, interesting activities: relaxing at Constanta Beach by the Black Sea, and exploring the rich wildlife of the Danube Delta through its canals and passages.

Teacher:  Tom MCKINLAY of Paris Branch. 

Music:  Ian Robertson and his band.

This event is designed for advanced and intermediate dancers.

More info: contact Katalin Konya

2018 - May 18 - 21 - Whitsun SCD Weekend in Münich

Save the date for our Scottish Country Dance Whitsun weekend in Munich.

We have found a great venue, the Salesianum, in the heart of Munich. And we will have fantastic staff:

Gary COULL will teach the course to the music of Bill Ewan.

David Oswald and his band will play for the evening dances.

2018 - June 1 - 3 - Dancing In New Places:  Rovaniemi, Finland

What do you think Santa Claus does in his off-season?  He does Scottish country dancing!

Everyone knows Santa has his workshop at the North Pole but (shhh: it’s a secret) that he actually lives in picturesque Rovaniemi. It’s well above the Arctic Circle but there won’t be much snow in June. Won’t be much dark either!

Optional tourist programmes include Arctic adventures in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. You will meet cute husky puppies, reindeer, perhaps an elf or two.

Teacher:  Jim STOTT of Aberdeen
(and St Andrews Summer School, and the
2017 Toronto Workshop). 

Music:  Muriel Johnstone and Keith Smith.

This event is designed for advanced and intermediate dancers.

More info: contact Katalin Konya

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 will wait for the 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.

The weekend includes 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