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Saturday, February 17 -  The 55th Tartan Ball 

The Tartan Ball is always a splendid evening. We’ve been dancing in the Concert Hall of the Royal York since 1963 but planned renos to the hotel make this year your last chance to experience the glittering ball room and great wood floor.
(Hope you have your ticket: orders are now closed.)

Last year, visitors from Tasmania said:

“We had a wonderful experience attending our first Tartan Ball. We had a well-presented and delicious meal and a great night of dancing to powerful music that surely encouraged dancers to greater heights — and all in such a beautiful room. We enjoyed the friendliness of the dancers who made us feel very much at home.”

The 55th Tartan Ball Committee is committed to ensuring that you enjoy an equally memorable evening. Scotch Mist will be playing for us once again and David Booz has compiled a wonderful programme of old and new favourite dances.

Note: A new first dance has been added for the benefit of Head Table Guests: The Gay Gordons (link has video plus narrative instruction)

More info on the Tartan Ball page.  

The Programme:  Cutty Sark  •  The Old Man of Storr  •  Rakes of Glasgow  •  The Zoologist  •  Midsummer Common  •  The Dancers’ Wedding  ~ 1st INTERVAL ~   •  Miss Allie Anderson  •  MacDonald of Keppoch  •  The Compleat Gardener  •  Miss Milligan’s Strathspey  •  The Mason’s Apron  ~ 2nd INTERVAL ~   •  Saint Andrew’s Fair  •   Blooms of Bon Accord  •  The Flower of Glasgow  •  The Nurseryman  •  Memory Lane  •   ~ EXTRAS ~  •  The Laird of Milton’s Daughter  •  The Highland Lass  •  The Dundee Whaler

Download:    2018-Tartan-Ball-briefs+video.pdf   |  2018-Tartan-Ball-Dance-Instructions.pdf


Monday, Feb 19 -  St Clements’ Family Day Fun Dance

Looking for something to do on the Family Day holiday?
What could be better than to come dancing! 

We invite you to join us for a Family Day evening of fun and foot-friendly dances following the Tartan Night extravaganza. Teresa’s programme will be easy-peasy, but fun, and we’ll have great digital music.

The party begins at 7:00 pm and we’ll have light refreshments. 

All are welcome to join us.  $6
Please note, BSS regulars, there will be no technique training tonight, just dances.

Young people and starving students always dance free at St Clement’s.

More info, and the programme will be posted soon.

7:00 - 9:00pm in the Great Hall at Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road <map>

Free parking is plentiful on the circular drive in front of the school or on nearby streets.
BSS is a pleasant 2-blocks walk north from the St Clair Tramway using either Warren Road or Russell Hill Road.

Enter school by main doors, sign in with BSS security, then proceed to the Great Hall.


Sunday, Feb 25 -  Demo Pool Practice

Joining the Demo Pool does not commit you to ALL of our gigs — you can pick and choose to suit your own schedule. However, we think you will enjoy the many opportunities we have to meet-and-greet nice people in many different venue across the city. Come and give us a try.

2:00 - 4:00 pm at Broadland’s Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>

Contact Stella Henderson 416.498-1940


P.S.  The Demo Pool is looking for a Co-Convenor. Please contact Stella for more info.


Saturdays, March 3 & etc.-  Scottish Step Lessons

The first three Scottish Step Classes held at Rosedale were a great success with up to 16 dancers of all ages attending.  We learned Blue Bonnets and The Scottish Lilt.  The wonderful lilting music and Alma Smith’s patient and clear, excellent instruction has us all wanting more.

Thus, we have completed the first of two groups of three classes and this is the second group of classes.

March 3, March 10, and March  17

Saturdays, Rosedale Presbyterian Church ~ 12 - 1:15 p.m.

Info: Moira Korus




Sunday, March 4 -  Outreach Ambassador Training at Broadlands

Do you have a connection with a school, place of worship, or community group where, if you knew how, you might enjoy introducing SCD in an informal way — i.e., without being a certificated teacher?  

Here’s your chance. The Toronto Association is holding an Outreach Ambassador Training session to help prepare you for such an event.

Pre-registration is required. . . email Tony Szeto by noon, February 26, 2018. (The earlier the better.)

Fee: Free of charge.    Instructor:  Maureen Richardson.

2:00 - 5:00 pm (note 3 hours) at Broadland’s Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>


Saturday, March 10 -  Monthly Dance for March:  Beginners‘ Night! 

Music by Scotch Mist.

Host Groups:      • Hillcrest  • Woodglen  • Trinity  

Briefers:   • Jean Noble  • Tony Szeto  • David Booz

The Programme:  It’s Nae Bother  •  Longfield Reel  •  Keppoch’s Rant  •  One Step Forward  •  Wisp of Thistle  •  The Kelloholm Jig  • ~ INTERVAL ~ •  Two and Two  •  The Haar on Skye  •  A Reel For Alice  •  Collichur  •  Inverarary  •  Shiftin’ Bobbins  •  EXTRA   •  Happy Returns

Download:  2018-March-Monthly-Dance-briefs+video.pdf   2018-Mar-10-Dance-Instructions.pdf

Entry Cost (this night only):  Members - $22 (includes HST)  • Non Members - $28 (includes HST) Student Members (18-25yrs) - $10  • Youth (under 18yrs) - $5 • Spectators - $5  • Dancers enrolled in Beginner Classes - $10.


Saturday, March 10 -  Tea Dance in Stratford

The Stratford Scottish Country Dance Group invites you to our first Tea Dance on Saturday, March 10 from 1-4 pm at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave. <map> 

Ample free parking and wonderful wood floor. Refreshments will be served.

Music by FRED MOYES. Programme by Christine Basnett.

Tickets $15 available from members of our Stratford group or contact:

Carol MacDougall  cmacdoug23@gmail.com 519-272-1398


Download:  2018-Stratford-March-Tea-Dance.pdf (includes programme briefs and video links)


Sunday, March 11 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Lou Emslie

Shiftin’ Bobbins meets one Sunday afternoon a month in central Toronto. Each session a different guest MC features dances not often seen elsewhere for those already comfortable with the more complex RSCDS formations and able to participate with minimal instruction.

We welcome Lou Emslie from Guelph to this class.

Additional date: April 8.

For Membership and other information, visit the Shiftin’ Bobbins website.

2:00-4:00 pm  at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>



Sunday, March 11 -  Orillia Scottish Festival Practice at Broadlands

If you or your group plans to dance at Orillia July 21st, we are holding a practice session. The three 2018-Orillia-Scottish-Festival-Dances.pdf are suitable for the basic level dancer and easy to demonstrate on the field to the amended music.  Instructor: Maureen Richardson.

Pre-registration is requested by e-mail to Will Kinghorn, by March 4, please. No charge for this event.

Sunday March 11 ~ 2-4 p.m. at Broadlands Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>

Note: This is the first weekend for Daylight savings!      

Download:  Invitation-to-practice-for-Orillia-at-Broadlands.pdf


Sunday, March 18 -  Demo Pool Practice

Joining the Demo Pool does not commit you to ALL of our gigs — you can pick and choose to suit your own schedule. However, we think you will enjoy the many opportunities we have to meet-and-greet nice people in many different venue across the city. Come and give us a try.

2:00 - 4:00 pm at Broadland’s Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>

Contact Stella Henderson 416.498-1940

[ Note: This practice was formerly scheduled for March 25 ]



Friday, March 23 -  Social Dance Evening with William Williamson

William Williamson, guest teacher from Scotland, will kindle our enthusiasm with some interesting dances in anticipation of the 33rd West End Workshop.

We shall have the added pleasure of having Don Bartlett provide the music.  Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

More information closer to the event. Questions: 905-566-9599

Time (to be confirmed): 7:30 pm - 9:45

Mississauga Senior's Centre,  Olga Tyne Auditorium,  1389 Cawthra Rd. <map>
(East side, at Arbor Crt., 2 lights south of QEW)


Saturday, March 24 -  West End Workshop & Tea Dance

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Teachers:
William Williamson (Dumfriesshire), Marie Ziccarelli (Buffalo), and Alma Smith (Oakville)

Musicians: Don Bartlett, Laird Brown with Don Wood

8:45am — 5:30pm at Turner Fenton Secondary School, 7935 Kennedy Road, Brampton <map>

Turner Fenton is a great facility with a comfortable wood floor, easy access from 401, and lots of free parking.

Your full day workshop (classes, lunch, tea dance, and afternoon tea) costs only $70. Youth (14-25) are $35.

Tea Dance only is $20, which includes afternoon tea. Dance starts promptly at 2:30pm, tea follows.

Download:  2018-West-End-Workshop-brochure+briefs+map.pdf


Saturday, March 24 -  Blair Spring Dance

The Blair Scottish Country Dancers are hosting their annual Spring Dance at Historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kitchener.  Tickets are $10 each. 

Dance to the Best of the Bands.  Light Refreshments will follow. 

For more information please visit: www.blairscottishcountrydancers.ca or contact Kathryn Lecocq 519-572-2741

We look forward to seeing you 7:30pm at Historic St Paul's Lutheran Church, 137 Queen St in Kitchener <map>.

Download:  2018-BLAIR-SPRING-DANCE.pdf


Sunday, March 25 -  Teachers’ Workshop

William Williamson from Dumfries, Scotland, will share his wealth of teaching experience
and suggestions for advancing the cause, plus a few dances.

Don Bartlett will play for this event.

Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W., Clarkson (Mississauga) <map>

Time: 2:00 - 4:30/5:00pm

Cost:  $15

Further info: Arlene Koteff or Barbara Taylor.


Friday, April 6 -  Tartan Day

Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage. April 6 marks the date of the Declaration of Arbroath, signed by Scottish nobles in 1320, asserting their rights, and promise, not to bow to arbitrary authority. Tartan Day originated in Nova Scotia in the mid-1980s and it has spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora. It’s really BIG in New York City (which enjoys better weather on April 6 than most of Canada!).

Despite the probable weather, Sons of Scotland host an annual event in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill.

Highlands of Durham usually hold a Tartan Day Parade in Port Perry. Info will be posted when available.

Otherwise. . . just wear tartan on this day (and give a small brochure to anyone who comments on it!).


Saturday, April 7 -  Tartan Day Celebration at Gibson House

Gibson House Museum in North York is having a Tartan Day Celebration, Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 - 5pm.

The Demo Pool will do two separate half-hour performances (times TBA) which will include lots of audience participation.

This is a great outreach opportunity, and we invite dancers to come and help promote Scottish country dancing and join with the audience participation.

Gibson House is at 5172 Yonge St, North York, M2N 5P7 <map>


It would be nice to have a good representation from the dancing community.



Sunday, April 8 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Christine Basnett and Fred Moyes

Shiftin’ Bobbins meets one Sunday afternoon a month in central Toronto. Each session a different guest MC features dances not often seen elsewhere for those already comfortable with the more complex RSCDS formations and able to participate with minimal instruction.

For this season closer we welcome teacher Christine Basnett from Kitchener/Waterloo, and we will enjoy live music from Fred Moyes.

For Membership and other information, visit the Shiftin’ Bobbins website.

2:00-4:00 pm  at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>



Sunday, April 8, 15, 22, 29 -  Prep Class for Dancing Achievement Award at Broadlands

Are you are interested in the Dancing Achievement Award?  If so, there will be a DAA prep course. Participants will be put through their paces as if in an actual DAA, except there will be no test. Under the expert instruction of Moira Korus, you will learn how to improve personal dancing and teamwork, and to prepare for an assessment. In a supportive environment, dancers can expect individual critique and feedback. At the end of the course, you will have a fairly good idea of how ready you are for an official DAA course, be it at the level of Intermediate, Advanced, or Very Advanced.

To register, email Maureen Richardson ASAP.    The fee is $40 in advance. Further info from Tony Szeto.

Sunday afternoons, 2-4 p.m. at Broadlands Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>


Saturday, April 14 -  Monthly Dance for April: Volunteer Appreciation Night! 

Save the date!

Host Groups:      Tayside  Calvin  Highlands of Durham  ASTA

Briefers:    Blair Gerrie  Vicky Zeltins  Barbara Taylor

More info soon. . .

The Programme: The programme for this evening is a winning entry in the recent “Compile a Dance Programme” contest. It will be posted here when released.






Saturday, April 21 -  Gala Day 

Every other year, the social groups in the TA get together for demos and dancing. Each group prepares a dance to show the others. It can be a reel, jig, strathspey, or medley and is no more than 5 minutes long.

Between demos, we do ceilidh dances or easy Scottish country dances. That way, all the aunts, uncles, grandparents, or grandchildren who have come to watch also have a chance to dance.

We end the afternoon with food! Everyone brings a small treat to share (please avoid common food allergens) and we will have a buffet potluck.

Gala Day is an opportunity to show your friends what you do in your spare time and a great way to meet dancers in other groups.

Deadline:  Participating groups please let vickyzeltins@gmail.com know you intend to demo and give Vicky your dance title and music by noon, April 14, 2018.

Time:       12:30pm-3:00pm. Doors open at noon. Location: St Leonard’s Church    Contact:   Vicky Zeltins    Cost:        $5 at the door

A food item to share would be appreciated. Please avoid common food allergens.


Saturday, April 28 -  Annual General Meeting and Dance 

Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs

Host Groups:      Erin Mills (Friday Group)  Petronella  South Simcoe  Newtonbrook       Briefers:      Jean Hamilton  Carole Skinner  Gordon Hayburn

More info soon. . .

Download:  2018-Apr-28-Dance-Instructions.pdf



May 5 -  Youth Ball 

To reunite Rosedalians and celebrate our 60 years, the current youth at Rosedale, supported by the Youth Committee, invite all former teachers and dancers at Rosedale to come to a special ball: 

If you are a former Rosedale dancer or teacher, email Moira Korus to confirm your intention to attend, and share your Rosedale details and stories.  If you know any former Rosedalians, please let them know about the event. Photos of dancing at Rosedale or at festivals, etc. are also welcome. Please email images to Moira,  or contact her to arrange posting of scans or prints.

Hospitality is available for out-of-towners who would like to stay in Toronto the night of the ball.

Cummer Avenue United Church, 53 Cummer Avenue, North York <map>  

Reception at 5 p.m; dinner 5:30; dancing 6:45 to 9:30.  Ticket Price $30. Music by Fred Moyes


Sunday, May 6 -  Broadlands Sunday Afternoon

Deirdre MacCuish Bark will teach dances “Dances by local devisors, past and present” 

2-4 p.m. ~ $6 at the door

Broadlands Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills <map>

{ All dancers are welcome }.






May 15 -  Calvin Spring Celebration Dance

Calvin SCD Group invites all dancers to join our Spring Celebration
at our last dance of the season, with the wonderful music of Don Bartlett on piano.

Your $10 entry fee includes light refreshments at the interval.

Contact Nancy Stokes (416) 425-2195 naristo@rogers.com or Mary Baldwin (416) 485-8280 mbaldwin456@hotmail.com


May 25-27 -  34th Annual Stoney Lake Workshop

RSCDS Peterborough invites you to dance with guest teacher Rebecca Blackhall-Peters
and musician Fred Moyes. 

Enjoy the beauty and recreation of Pine Vista Resort.

Info:  www.pscds-on.org  or Tom Kunza, Chair, PSCDS   tkunza@cogeco.ca






July 21 -  41st Annual Orillia Scottish Festival 









Dancers of all ages and levels of experience are invited to join us in the mass dancing of the opening ceremonies. Sign up as a 4-couple set representing your dance group or come on your own — you will be matched up to form sets.

We plan three short, simple dances easy to demonstrate on grass: 2018-Orillia-Scottish-Festival-Dances.pdf     

Parade 12pm. Opening Ceremonies 1:30pm.

There will also be dancing, 2-4pm, in the picturesque Pavilion by Lake Couchiching. We invite your dance group to demo a few dances and to lead audience participation ceilidh dances.

There’s a Friday evening Welcome Ceilidh at the local Legion Branch 34, from 6-12pm. Call for tickets: 705-487-5868.

On Sunday the 22nd there is a wee party bash at the Royal Canadian Legion with live entertainment – FREE!

To register or to receive more information on the Festival please contact:  Will Kinghorn 705-259 -3232, freshstart.wk@gmail.com

Download:  2018-Orillia-Scottish-Festival-flyer.pdf        Festival Website