Lessons for Beginners & Improvers

 

Questions? . . .
contact Classes Convenor
Anne Bishop   416.466-4631

The RSCDS Toronto Scottish Country Dance Association offers classes for adults of all ages and dancing abilities, including beginners, experienced dancers, and everyone in between.

You do not need to be a couple… we change partners every dance.

Join us and share the wonderful experience of Scottish country dance!

Note: Classes info on this page must be regarded as tentative, because the venues we rent will not commit until late summer.

Beginner Classes (Level 1) ~ Monday Evenings  ~ West End  (Alderwood)


Mondays:  7:30-9:30pm  at Alderwood Community Centre, Etobicoke <map>  

︎  Fall Semester:   September, 2024 (dates TBA) ~ 10 weeks: $125.50
Registration is open (keeping in mind…  venue is tentative and staffing may change)

Note: No brand new dancers this time; extension classes are for those…
• continuing at Alderwood,
• who took Level 1 in the fall but were unable to continue, or
• those who took Level 1 last year or at other venues.

Teacher: Alma Smith will extend the learning experience as dancers review steps and formations previously taught and are introduced to new ones. After 6 weeks you'll be ready to join in the fun of social dancing, and there will be many experienced dancers eager to be your partner.

Alderwood Community Centre, 2 Orianna Drive, Etobicoke, M8W 4Y1
(nr. Brown’s Line & Horner Ave.) <map>   Go to the Meeting Room.
There is abundant free parking on campus.

Class Co-ordinator:  Alex Sutton   416.915-1417

Beginner Classes (Level 1) ~ Monday Evenings  ~  North Toronto   (Calvin)


Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Yonge & St Clair <map>

︎  Fall Semester:   September, 2024 (dates TBA) ~ 10 weeks: $125.50
Registration is open (keeping in mind…  venue is tentative and staffing may change)

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer learns the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and some of common formations.  These elements are combined in simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you’ll be equipped to join in the fun of the March Beginners’ Night Dance with live music, and a crowd of experienced dancers eager to be your partner.

Teacher: David Booz, has been dancing Scottish since he was a young fellow in Georgina Finlay’s legendary demo team. Students in one of his previous Beginner Classes were so inspired by his teaching that they got together and established their own weekly social group, which continues to this day.

The parish hall of Calvin Presbyterian has a 65-yr history of hosting Scottish country dancing. The room has a sprung wood floor, and it’s handy to the subway (5-minute walk north from St Clair station). There is Green P Parking just next door to the church.

Lower Hall of Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave <map>, just off Yonge, just north of St Clair.

Enter via east side red doors (not the grand main entrance!), go down stairs to Lower Hall (on your right).

Class Co-ordinator:  Cheryl Catt

Beginner Classes (Level 1)  ~ Thursday Evenings ~ Central Toronto  (Eastminster)


Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm  — at East End United Church (formerly Eastminster) on The Danforth <map>

︎  Fall Semester:   September, 2024 (dates TBA) ~ 10 weeks: $125.50
Registration is open (keeping in mind…  venue is tentative and staffing may change)

The Level 1 (Basic/Beginner) dancer learns the five basic steps of Scottish country dance, and some of common formations.  These elements are combined in simple dances that incorporate the steps and formations taught.  After 10 weeks you’ll be ready to join in the fun of social dances, and many experienced dancers eager to be your partner.

Teacher: Keith Bark was awarded the Scroll of Honour for services to Scottish Country Dance. Keith is a gifted teacher with an impish sense of humour.

Level 1 is in the Gymnasium (the gym has a wood floor designed for basketball).

East End United Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station, near Carrot Common.

Enter church by the east-side door and go downstairs, turn left to the Gym.

Class Co-ordinator: Anne Bishop   416.466-4631

Level 2 Classes (Improvers) ~ Thursday Evenings ~ Central Toronto  (Eastminster)


Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — at East End United Church (formerly Eastminster) on The Danforth <map>

︎  Fall Semester:   September, 2024 (dates TBA) ~ 10 weeks: $125.50
Registration is open (keeping in mind…  venue is tentative and staffing may change)

The Level 2 (Intermediate) classes build on the steps and formations learned at the Basic Level, as well as introducing more complex formations.  Dancers become more confident in skills and abilities, and enjoy the challenge of more complex dances.

Teacher: Deirdre MacCuish Bark, was awarded the Scroll of Honour for services to Scottish Country Dance. Her love of Scottish country dance connects her to childhood memories of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. She is a skilful, patient teacher and a gifted dance devisor. She will improve your dancing skills and you will have fun learning to be better. 

Level 2 dances in the Hurndale Room on lower level of the church on a springy wood floor.

East End United Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station. 

Enter church by the east-side door, go downstairs, turn right to the Hurndale Room.

Class Co-ordinator: Anne Bishop   416.466-4631

Extension Classes  ~ Thursday Evenings ~ Central Toronto  (East End United)


Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm  — at East End United Church (formerly Eastminster) on The Danforth <map>

Spring, 2024 (dates TBA)    8 weeks: Members: $100   non-Members: $120

These classes are designed as a bridge between the end of regular classes and the beginning of Dancing in the Park. The classes extend the learning experience as dancers review steps and formations previously taught and are introduced to new ones.

Extension classes are in the Gymnasium (the gym has a wood floor designed for basketball). 
Enter church by the east-side door and go downstairs, turn left to the Gym.

East End United Church <map>  310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.
Enter church by east-side door.

Class Co-ordinator: Anne Bishop   416.466-4631

Level 3 Class (Advanced) ~Thursday Evenings~ Central Toronto  (East End United)


Thursdays:  7:30 - 9:30pm  — at East End United Church (formerly Eastminster) on The Danforth <map>

Spring, 2024 (dates TBA)       5 weeks: Members: $62.50  non Members: $75  

These classes build on the skill base of the dancers.  New formations and dances of more complexity in their combination of patterns are introduced to challenge the more experienced dancer.

Teacher: Moira Korus learned Scottish country dance as a child in Edinburgh, and attained her full certificate in 2006. Moira teaches the Rosedale Children’s Group and the Glenview social group. She also instituted, and taught, the DAA (Dancing Achievement Award) programme in Toronto. Moira is popular on the SCD workshop circuit.   

Level 3 dances in the Hurndale Room on lower level of the church on a springy wood floor.

East End United Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station. Enter church by east-side door.

Class Co-ordinator: Anne Bishop   416.466-4631








 

As you begin 2nd term. . .

After your first term of Beginner Classes, to qualify for the second term, you are expected to become a member of RSCDS Toronto (info here). There are multiple reasons for this.

Basically, classes are subsidized by membership fees. Expenses include:

  1. rental of facilities

  2. token compensation to teachers

  3. insurance costs

From a 'big picture' point of view, classes would not exist without membership fees to support the training of teachers (equivalent to a university course, in both difficulty and expense), the testing and publication of dances, and the production of CDs for the music we dance to.

Plus, we are part of a world-wide international organization that maintains standards and safeguards the heritage and history of Scottish Country Dancing so it can continue to thrive.

So, please, cheerfully join-up. Over a year, you can actually recover much of your membership fee by reduced entry cost for Monthly Dances and other events. You will also receive our monthly newsletter Set & Link and twice a year you’ll get Scottish Country Dancer magazine directly from Scotland.  Membership Page

 New Beginner Classes begin in September (dates TBA)

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 any RSCDS Toronto Event.

2. Masks are recommended but not mandatory.

3. Please do not attend any RSCDS Toronto event with symptoms of covid or other contagious disease; or if you tested positive for covid in the last 7 days; or a household member or close contact has tested positive for covid in the last 7 days.

4. Hand Sanitizer is available at all RSCDS Toronto Events.

 
Resuming in Sept