What’s On: Far


Feb 18 - 23   ~    RSCDS Winter School, Pitlochry

Taking place over five days in the Scottish town of Pitlochry, Winter School attracts around 150 dancers from the UK, continental Europe, North America, and Australasia. Attendees enjoy a 4-star stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel, with a range of classes, social dances, tours and (of course) the famous ball at Blair Castle

Teachers:  Fiona Mackie, Pat Houghton, Samuele Graziani, Janet Johnston

Musicians:  Mo Rutherford, David Oswald, Neil Copland, Gillian Stevenson

Accommodation is the luxurious Atholl Palace hotel. Ticket price includes your room, breakfast, dinner, daily dance classes and social dancing each evening, plus a ball on your last night at the spectacular Blair Castle. Classes are held at different venues around the town of Pitlochry, a gorgeous village nestled at the edge of the highlands. All venues are accessible by foot and/or car, and some are in Atholl Palace. With classes held every morning and optional classes or sessions in the afternoon, there is the potential for a full day of dancing; that is, if your feet are up for it!

Bookings for Winter School 2024 have been open since Sept 1st.  Book now while there is still space!

More info:  https://rscds.org/events/winter-school-2024

Mar 2   ~    Stratford Tea Dance

Your friends-in-dance in the lovely town of Stratford (Ontario) invite you to take
a break from high culture and drama and join us for an afternoon tea dance.

We’ll have live music by Laird Brown, and a programme of well-known dances.

Tickets are $20 from Carol MacDougall 519.272-1398

1:00-4:00pm at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford <map> 

Download:  2024-Stratford-Tea-Dance.pdf (includes programme and link to cribs/video)

March 8 - 10   ~    28th Iberian Gathering of Scottish Country Dance, Évora, Portugal

Teachers and musicians: Andrew Nolan (Edinburgh), Ramona Zohm (Munich), and Matthias Rank (Munich). Andrew Nolan is coming both as a musician (pianist) and as one of our teachers. Andrew has played often at summer school at St Andrews. He is an outstanding dancer. Our other teacher, Ramona Zohm, has taught in various European countries and at summer school in St Andrews. Her husband, Matthias Rank, is our fiddler, and has played at numerous weekend events, and at summer school.  More info

This event is now wait-listed. To get on the list, contact, Roger Picken and Sue Willdig at suerog@mail.telepac.pt

Mar 30   ~    Blair Spring Tea Dance

Come to Kitchener for an enjoyable afternoon Tea Dance to celebrate Spring.

We’ll have live music by Laird Brown and an interesting programme of dances.
Light Refreshments to follow.

Tickets are $20, from klecocq@ymail.com   

1:30pm at Historic St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 137 Queen Street, Kitchener <map> 

Download:  2024-Blair-Spring-Dance.pdf (includes programme and link to cribs/video)

More info:  www.blairscottishcountrydancers.ca

April 12-14  ~    Spring Fling 2024, Cambridge, England

All young dancers (18-40) are invited to Cambridge for next year's Spring Fling (and Spring Fringe for those outwith 18-40yrs). It will be a weekend of fellowship and fun and dancers will come from far and wide to enjoy classes, dances, and a ball. 

You can look forward to a weekend of music and dancing in the land of punting,
academic gowns, and Chelsea buns. We can't wait to welcome you!

General information:

April 19-20  ~    29th Annual Loch Norman Highland Games Scottish Country Dances, North Carolina


Musicians:  Dave Wiesler on Piano and Mara Shea on Fiddle

$25 at the door or $23 in advance if paid by March 31

Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beattie’s Ford Road, Huntersville, NC <map>

Download brochure/programme/registration form:  2024-Norman-Lake-weekend.jpg

April 20  ~    RSCDS Vancouver Diamond Jubilee Ball

Reception – Dinner – Grand March - an Elegant Soirée…

… dancing to music by Marian Anderson and Max Ketchin

Join us at 5pm for a champagne reception followed by supper, the Grand March, and dancing.

Stay for the soiree after the dance and enjoy a Shandy, punch and shortbread with your old and new friends.

5:30-midnight, at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver.

Cost:  $125 RSCDS members, $135 non-members

contact cathrineconings3@gmail.com. Billets available.

Details at https://rscdsvancouver.org 

Download: 2023-Vancouver-White-Heather-Ball.pdf

April 20  ~    The Spring Ball, Ottawa

Registration is now open for the Ottawa Spring Ball 2024,
happening in the nation's capital.

Music by: Atlantic Firth Scottish Country Dance Band

Venue: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., Ottawa, ON 

Download:  2024-RSCDS-Ottawa-Spring-Ball.pdf (registration & tickets)

Or contact: Michael Hamilton

May 24-26  ~    Stoney Lake Weekend 

Save the date!

Peterborough Scottish Country Dancers are delighted to announce we plan to host our traditional Stoney Lake Weekend in 2024. Date: May 24 - 26, 2024

• Teacher: Arlene Koteff     • Musicians: Don Bartlett and Blair Mackenzie
2024-Stoney-Lake-Teacher+Musician's Bio.pdf 

Accommodation: Pine Vista Resort <map>

Dance Venue: Upper Stoney Lake Pavilion

Monitor the Peterborough Branch website for details as they develop: www.pscds.ca

Downloads: 2024-Stoney-Lake-weekend-registration.doc    2024-Stoney-Lake-Workshop-brochure.pdf    2024-Stoney-Lake-Dance-Dinner-Menu.pdf

Sunday, June 16  ~    Victoria Hall, Afternoon Dance, Cobourg 

Save the date!

It is with great pleasure that the Cobourg Scottish Country Dancers will host a
second dance in the magnificent Concert Hall of Victoria Hall (a national historic site,
opened in 1860 by Edward, Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII).  

Once more, the event takes place in the wake of the local Highland Games,
and dancing will begin at 2:00 pm.

We’ll have live music by Blair Mackenzie (violin) and Helen Batten (piano).

Downloads:  2024-June-16-Cobourg-dance-program.pdf    2024-June-16-Cobourg-dance-poster.pdf   

Info: Diane Coulombe

July 7 - 13  ~    Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dance School, North Carolina 

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. Join us for a really fun and educational event on the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone NC.
Co-Sponsored by RSCDS Atlanta and RSCDS Carolinas Branches.

A Canadian dancer who went last year reports:

  1. accommodations were very affordable and pleasant

  2. delicious food on site

  3. super music

  4. clear and helpful teachers

  5. welcoming and pleasant people

  6. ballroom with wood floor and beautiful views

  7. fun music and parties after the dances and Ball (good fun!)

More info: https://www.blueridgesds.org

July 7 - 14  ~    RSCDS Australia Winter School, Queensland 

RSCDS Queensland Branch warmly welcomes you to the 47th Australian Winter School in the beautiful town of Gatton in SE Queensland. Gatton is the largest town and the business centre of the Lockyer Valley, 85 km west of Brisbane CBD. Gatton Campus is the University of Queensland's rural campus, about eight kilometres from the town centre. Accommodation is single rooms with shared amenities in the Halls of Residence. Each room has a comfortable bed, desk, wardrobe and heater. Meals are served in the spacious dining room, which has floor to ceiling windows and multiple buffet style serveries.

Teachers:  Antoine Rousseau (France);  Caristiona Tait (Australia);  Linda Glavin (New Zealand); 
Raphaëlle Orgeret (France);  William Williamson (Scotland) 

Download:  2024-Australia-Winter-School-registration.pdf 

July 14 - Aug 11  ~    RSCDS Summer School, St Andrews, Scotland 

Your choice of Four weeks of dancing in St Andrews

Summer School… an action-packed four weeks of dancing in the historic town of St Andrews. Come and join with dancers from around the world and be led by some of the best of Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians. Not an RSCDS member? No problem, Summer School is open to everyone!

All dancers will attend a Scottish country dance class of their own ability each morning. Please carefully read the class descriptions before completing the application form. This year the Beginners class will only be offered during Week 3. It is recommended that under 18yrs attend during Youth week 3. Note: All classes will only run if there is sufficient interest.   Class Descriptions

More info:  https://rscds.org/events/summer-school-2024

Sunday, July 28 - Aug 4  ~    TAC Summer School, St Catharines, Ontario 

Save the date!


• Graham Donald, Las Palmas, Spain
• Barbara Johnston, Edmonton, Alberta
• Jennifer Schoonover, Boston, Mass
• Rachel Shankland, Edinburgh, Scotland

Music Director: Elke Baker

Registrations are now open.

More info:  www.tac-rscds.org

Sept 13-16  ~    International Branch Weekend, Sjølyst, Olso, Norway

International Branch invites you to come dancing and discover the charm of Norway.

The dance weekend takes place in the Sjølyst district of Oslo, with a great line-up of two musicians and two teachers for classes; evening dances on Friday and Sunday; and the traditional ceilidh on Saturday night.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a walking tour of Vigeland Sculpture Park.

On Sunday afternoon (using public transport), four options are available:

• Munch Museum / National Opera   •  National Museum / Aker Brygge   •  Norwegian Folk Museum

  1. Kon Tiki (Raft) / Fram (The Polar Exploration) Museums. 

Website: https://www.rscds-ib.org

October 11-13  ~    Paris Branch 40th Anniversary

Join us in Paris to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

The weekend includes a welcome dance on Friday evening, a sumptuous ball on Saturday evening, and a social workshop on Sunday morning.
The weekend is open to advanced dancers.

We are delighted to have fantastic musicians playing for us:
• David Knight, USA, fiddle
• Keith Smith, UK, fiddle
• Dave Wiesler, USA, piano

We hope to see you in Paris to celebrate 40 years of dancing! 
Registration opens in early January, stay tuned!

Website:   https://www.rscdsparis.fr/40th-anniversary-week-end-october-2024/

October 20-24  ~    Scotch On The Rocks, Nova Scotia

This annual event, led by the famous Duncan & Maggie Keppie, is a different kind of week.
The Keppies are very musical, they devise interesting dances, and resurrect ancient ones.
And …
they like rocks!  There will be a fascinating geology component to the optional activities.

The dates chosen immediately follow the Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island,
an international celebration a living, traditional Celtic culture.


•  Sunday evening: Welcome Reception with an Introduction to Scottish Traditional Music and dance lecture.

•  Four half-day morning classes at Intermediate-Advanced level (Monday-Thursday) integrating the old and new.

•  Two afternoon geology and history excursions to scenic localities of historical and/or geological interest

Cost: C$$400/person for dance classes, excursions, and ceilidh (Accommodations extra -see below)

For more info:  2024-Scotch-on-the-rocks.pdf


   To have your event posted send Rob Lockhart a brief write-up, with Date, Time, Location, Cost, Contact Info, and brochure/sign-up form.
To place your event, or an article, in our monthly newsletter,
Set&Link, send info to Suzanne Dubeau  by the 10th of each month.