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   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.

Saturday March 9th        March Monthly Dance (Beginners’ Night)

Doors open 7:30  ~  Dancing:  Starts 8pm  

Music:  Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs

Briefers: Teresa Lockhart & Keith Bark

Gymnasium of Havergal College Junior School,
460 Rosewell Ave., Toronto

  1. Members - $27 (incl. HST)  Non Members - $32 

  2. Young Adults (18-34yrs) - $10   Under 18yrs) - $5

  3. $10 for those enrolled in classes

  4. Spectators - $5

Download:   2024-March-Dance-cribs+links.pdf

Sunday March 17  Murrough Landon Dances

2:00 to 4 pm  < note change of time

Teacher:  Halyna Sydorenko

Aimed at intermediate and advanced dancers.
$10 cash at the door; spectators are welcome.

  1. Broadlands Community Centre
    19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills


Saturday March 23        The West End Workshop

Save the date… The West End Workshop will take place at Humberwood Community Centre in north Etobicoke
850 Humberwood Blvd, Etobicoke M9W 7A6

Our teacher from overseas this year is
David Queen, and our local teacher is
Gavin Keachie.

Fees for the full-day workshop, which includes two classes with live music, lunch, and the afternoon tea dance, will be $85 for adults and $40 for youth (35 and under).

Laird Brown’s three member band will provide the music for the Tea Dance.  
Admission for tea dance only is $20. 

Doors open at 8:45, begins 9:15, ends 5:00.  Used clothing sale will open at lunchtime 12:45.  Tea Dance at 2:00 followed by tea and cake at 4:00.

Download:  2024-WEW-Flyer.pdf    2024-WEW-Tea-Dance-Cribs.pdf 

Used Garment Sale:  If you have used, but no longer used, Scottish dance regalia or garments, please donate them to the Used Garment Sale to be featured at the West End Workshop. Pay by cash, cheque or e-Transfer.
To donate, or ask questions, contact
Arlene Koteff or Theresa Malek.

Sunday March 24        Teachers’ Workshop

David Queen will lead a teachers' workshop, accompanied by musician Don Bartlett, from 2:00 to 5pm.   

The workshop is open to teachers, teacher candidates, and CTIs.

Cost $15.  Doors open at 1:45pm.  Plenty of free parking. 
Light refreshments will be served.

Location:   Meeting room at the Alderwood Centre,
at 2 Orianna Drive in Etobicoke <

Contact Arlene Koteff for more information.

Sunday April 7th    “ Make mine a double, with a twist ”

4:00 - 6 pm  < note change of time

Teacher:  Arlene Koteff

Aimed at intermediate and advanced dancers.
$10 cash at the door; spectators are welcome.

  1. Broadlands Community Centre
    19 Castlegrove Blvd, Don Mills

Saturday Apr 13        April Monthly Dance

Doors open 7:30  ~  Dancing:  Starts 8pm  

Music:  Laird Brown, Scotch Mist

Programme by May Webster Info (see page 3)

Briefers: TBA

Gymnasium of Havergal College Junior School,
460 Rosewell Ave., Toronto

  1. Members - $27 (incl. HST)  Non Members - $32 

  2. Young Adults (18-34yrs) - $10   Under 18yrs) - $5

  3. Spectators - $5

Download:   2024-April-Dance-cribs+links.pdf

May 3 + May 4 ~  Youth Centenary Weekend Welcome Dance & Workshop  

The Toronto Youth Committee invites youth and young-adult dancers (as well as their older friends) to a Weekend Welcome Dance and Workshop ahead of the Centenary Ball presented by the Great Lakes Branches in Kitchener, Ontario. Dancers under 40 can attend both events for $20. Local hospitality/accommodation and transportation to Kitchener may be available.

Note - tickets to these events are separate from the RSCDS Centenary Ball presented by The Great Lakes Group of Scottish Country Dance Branches.  Tickets for the Centenary Ball can be purchased here.

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  1. Bullet  Friday May 3 at 7pm - 10:00  Welcome Dance with live music by Laird Brown & co.
    At Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto
    Tickets:  $20 for under 40, $25 for over 40. (purchase link will be posted here)
    Download:  2024-Youth-Centenary-Weekend-Welcome-Dance.pdf
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  2. Bullet Saturday May 4 at 10:15am - 12:15: Morning Workshop,

  3. Moira Korus will teach this workshop, which is free for those under 40 (included with your ticket for the Friday evening Welcome Dance), $10 for those over 40.

  4. Please contact info@dancescottish.ca if you would like to attend. 
    Attendance for youth and young adults will be prioritized.

  5. Venue: Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto <map>

  6. (N.B. Rosedale entrance is NOT on Mount Pleasant, it’s on South Drive at N end of property. Hint:  To avoid frustration, set your GPS/SatNav to 67 South Drive.)

  7. BulletHospitality
    Local hospitality/accommodation and transportation to Kitchener may be available.  Contact 
    info@dancescottish.ca for more information.

May 4  ~  The Great Lakes Group RSCDS Centenary Ball  

The Great Lakes Group of Scottish Country Dancers (comprising dance groups from around Ontario, Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal) is hosting its first joint project a Great Lakes Ball, celebrating 100 years since Miss Jean Milligan and Mrs Ysobel Stewart of Fasnacloich founded the now world-wide Scottish Country Dance Society (which became ‘Royal’ when her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became patron of the Society.

This will be a great occasion that will help knit together Scottish country dancers throughout the region. We’ll have live music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.
It will be a grand event and we look forward to seeing you on the floor.       
Tickets $130 at

Download:  2024-Great-Lakes-Ball-flyer.pdf    Programme cribs here.

Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
(just minutes from Highway 85/Conestoga Parkway)

June 1, 2024  ~  Tea Dance Fundraiser for the 2025 West Toronto Ball

SAVE THE DATE: Dance the afternoon away to a selection of favourite West Toronto Ball dances!

We have a wonderful place to dance. . . the charming and historic Clarke Memorial Hall in Mississauga <map>, and we’ll dance to beautiful recorded music by our favourite musicians.

Tea, and a delicious variety of finger foods and sweets will be enjoyed!

Doors Open 1:30pm, Dancing 2:00-4:00, Refreshments 4:00-6:00pm.

All proceeds will go to support a glorious West Toronto Ball in 2025.  Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

To order:  https://www.jotform.com/build/240147825543052

The programme: Online at https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/45499/
or download:

Sponsor-A-Dance: For only $10 please consider sponsoring a dance and dedicating it to a revered teacher, dear friend, loved one, or just because you so enjoy the dance.  Sponsors' names and dedication will be announced prior to each dance. Donations of any amount are also most gratefully accepted. https://www.jotform.com/build/240148411435044


Scholarships for Dancers & Teacher Candidates

Teacher candidates can progress to certification through the Teachers’ Association of Canada (TAC) OR through the RSCDS — at their respective Summer Schools.

RSCDS Toronto offers a $500 scholarship to Members in Good Standing of the Toronto Association, Details here.

Scholarships are available for ordinary dancers (i.e. not Teacher Candidates) who can apply to the Society for a scholarship for a week at St Andrews (typically, travel is not included). The chances of getting a scholarship are particularly good for young dancers, and there are many options.  Overview and links on the scholarships page.


Safety First…

Emergency Contact: 

Occasionally, there is a medical emergency while dancing. All dancers are reminded to have their emergency contact information on their person at all Scottish County Dancing events.

COVID Protocols: 

1. Vaccinations against COVID are highly recommended for those attending an RSCDS Toronto Event.

2. Masks are recommended but not mandatory.

3. No-one should attend an RSCDS Toronto event if they have symptoms of COVID or any other contagious disease; have tested positive for COVID in the last 7 days; or have a household member or close contact who tested positive for COVID in the last 7 days.

4. Hand Sanitizer will be available at all RSCDS Toronto Events.

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Arlene Koteffmailto:amkoteff@hotmail.com?subject=Used%20Garment%20Sale
Theresa Malekmailto:theresamalek@rogers.com?subject=Used%20Garment%20Sale