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Wednesday evenings, July 3 through Aug 28  ~    Dancing On The Dock, Hamilton 

Join the friendly dancers of Hamilton Branch for a summer-long celebration of Scottish country dance
by the cooling waters of Lake Ontario, on the Waterfront Trail.

We dance Wednesday evenings, 6:30-dusk (weather permitting):
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28.

At Pier 8, 47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton <map> at the bandshell behind William's Coffee Pub

Free, and no dance experience necessary. Bring a friend -- everyone is welcome!

Website:  https://www.rscdshamilton.org

Questions:  rscdshamiltonbranch@gmail.com

July 5-8  +  8-13  ~    Pinewoods Sessions,  Plymouth, Mass.

RSCDS Boston invites you to join us in the woods of Plymouth for Scottish dancing beneath the tall pines. You'll enjoy dance and music classes during the day and a dance party every night, plus music sessions, after-parties, auctions, ceilidhs, and more! This year's theme is "Wonders".

• David Queen, Scotland

• Catherine Queen, Scotland

• Jeanne Moody, San Diego

• Jody Kulas, Ontario, Canada

• Jen Schoonover, Massachusetts

Registration is now open!  https://form.jotform.com/240345600631142

Download Brochure:  2024-Pinewoods-Sessions.pdf

More info:  https://rscdsboston.org/pinewoods-scottish-sessions.html

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

Info about 10% discount (act before May 31st):

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. 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

Saturday, July 20  ~    Orillia Scottish Festival 

Join us at Couchiching Park Orillia for some Scottish Country Dancing <map>

The Orillia Scottish Festival also features Scottish Bands, Colour Parties, Food Vendors and Merch.

Scottish Country Dancing happens at the Waterfront Pavilion.
We will do 3 demonstration dances and some audience participation dances.

For further information, or to participate, contact Barbara Chapman bmchapman10@gmail.com

Website:  https://scottishfestival.ca 

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

Make it a date!

TAC Summer School is back where it started, more than 50 years ago, at beautiful Brock University in Ontario wine country --  an easy jaunt to Niagara Falls, and the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on=the-Lake. Classes for all levels of experience.


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

Music Director: Elke Baker

Teacher Candidate Examiner: James Stott, Scotland

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 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) two/ Fram (The Polar Exploration) Museums. 

Website: https://www.rscds-ib.org    N.B. The 2026 IB WEEKEND WILL BE IN JAPAN

Sept 20-22  ~    Scottish Weekend, Oxford, Pennsylvania

Everyone who attends the annual Scottish Weekend, reports that they had a wonderful time. Here’s what one dancer had to say.

Teachers: • Arthur Baum  • Moira Korus  • Marjorie McLaughlin

Musicians: • Elke Baker  • David Courret-Knight  • Liz Donaldson 
• Tim MacDonald   • Jane Roberts  • Dave Wiesler

Registration is now open:  http://scottishweekend.org/index.html

Oct 4-6  ~    Youth Weekend Away, Boston
Registration is open for our Youth Weekend Away in Boston in October 2024… we can’t wait to see you there! 

Our teachers:  Keira Hartstein and Margaret Mackenzie    Our musicians:  Susie Petrov and Sarah Lynn

Friday:  Welcome Party; 
Saturday: Morning classes in Boston Dance Studios for Youth Branch members     Lunch – provided
Afternoon classes for Youth Branch members and Evening dance open to all in 1950 Mass. Ave. (7pm)  *and an after-party!*

Sunday: Walking tour of historic Boston landmarks.

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston played a key role in shaping the nation’s history, from the American Revolution to its current status as an important centre for education, culture, and the arts. Discover the city’s historic architecture, visit the world-renowned institutions of Harvard University and MIT, explore the nation’s oldest public park in Boston Common, and much more.

The Youth Branch of the RSCDS is a worldwide branch for dancers aged 12–35. We host weekend workshops and support youth events around the globe. We also offer travel grants for other RSCDS events. Read about more member benefits and join us now!  Registration is open for our Weekend Away in Boston, MA, USA! 

Oct 4-6  ~   Fort Worden Workshop, RSCDS Seattle

The Fort Worden Workshop weekend is Seattle Branch’s annual dance workshop held at Fort Worden State Park just outside of Port Townsend, WA. The weekend starts with a Welcome Dance on Friday evening, followed by a Ceilidh where guests share their talents.

Teachers: • Linda Henderson, CA  • Katherine Shearman, BC 

Musicians: • Ryan McKasson, fiddle   • Guinevere Saenger, piano   Brandon Vance, fiddle

Info: https://rscds-seattle.org/fort-worden/ 

October 11-13  ~    Paris Branch 40th Anniversary

This event is now wait-listed.  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! 

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

October 14-18  ~    Scottish Country:  Advanced,  Torquay

Great dancing guaranteed. Hosted by Mervyn Short with Ian & Judith Muir. 
Just £335*
• Dinner, bed & breakfast at the TLH Victoria Hotel
• Welcome drinks reception
• Dance classes each morning
• Optional dance classes each afternoon to recorded music
• Live music from Ian & Judith Muir each morning & evening
• Dancing each evening

Dancers will need an in-depth knowledge of all formations and steps.

Info & Registration:  www.tlh.co.uk 

October 18-20  ~    Youth Weekend Away, Basel, Switzerland

Embark on a journey to the enchanting land of Heidi and William Tell and indulge in the world’s finest chocolate and delicious fondue. Join us for a wonderful weekend of Scottish dancing and culture in this beautiful city. From its world-renowned art scene to its lively festivals and charming old town, Basel promises an unforgettable experience both on and off the dance floor. Don’t forget to taste some Basler Läckerli!

Registration is now open… we can’t wait to see you there! 

Info & Registration:  https://rscds-youth.org/weekend-away/

The Youth Branch of the RSCDS is a worldwide branch for dancers aged 12–35. We host weekend workshops and support youth events around the globe. We also offer travel grants for other RSCDS events. Read about more member benefits and join us now!

NOTE: A Youth Weekend Away is planned for Boston, Oct 3-6. Register here

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 they resurrect ancient ones.
Plus …
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

November 1-3  ~    The Autumn Gathering (AGM), Edinburgh 

The Autumn Gathering brings together dancers from across the world for a weekend of dancing and
discussion in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Gathering, and the 95th Society AGM, will take place at Meadowbank Sports Centre, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE.

Classes: Saturday and Sunday morning

Friday Dance: Gordon Shand and his Scottish Country Dance Band  • Friday Ceilidh: To be announced

Saturday Ball: Jim Lindsay and his Scottish Country Dance Band

Bookings will open mid-June.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.

November 1-3  ~    Asilomar Weekend, Pacific Grove, California 

This is a ‘bucket list’ experience for Scottish country dancers. Join dancers from near and far at Asilomar, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, just 120 miles south of San Francisco. This spectacular state park, with its historic buildings, 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: • Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Minneapolis   •  Pat Houghton, Edinburgh  
•  Mary McQuilliams, Richmond, CA  •  Fiona Miller, Lethbridge, Alberta • Ron Wallace, Santa Rosa.

Music for the Friday Welcome Dance: David Mostardi and Caroline McCaskey

Music for the Saturday evening Ball in Thistle House: Dave Wiesler, David Courret-Knight, and Dan Emery

Info and Registration:  https://sfasilomardance.wixsite.com/asilomarweekend

November 23  ~    Dancing Around the World

Join the RSCDS, Saturday 23rd November, as dancers in every corner of the globe
enjoy dances from around the world.

Taking dancers on a journey from Scotland around the world and back,
the programme features 12 dances with connections to six continents through devisers,
themes and locations, before bringing everyone together with
The Homecoming Dance.

Download the programme with video links: 2024_dance_around_the_world.pdf

More info here:  https://rscds.org/blog/dance-around-world

2025: May 16-18  ~    Pawling Weekend

Save the date:  Plan to join your RSCDS New York friends-in-dance for this ‘bucket list’ Scottish country dance weekend in a rustic campground near New York.

Details, as they develop, will be found at the Pawling website: https://www.rscdsnewyork.org/pawling-weekend


   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.