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The groups are arranged in alphabetical order of location, and are:
The Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust are involved in all kinds of Scottish Traditional dance and their newsletter is quite informative and well worth the relatively small donation of 10 pounds. I am not sure just how much information they have acummulated on medieval Scottish Dance as of this date since it is a fairly new organization but they may be of some help. They can be contacted at:
16 Broad Str,
Stirling FK8 1EF
54 Blackfriars Street,
Information supplied by Ben Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The STDT are now on email at email@example.com.
Aberdeenshire Reels is very informal and friendly, meeting in village halls through the winter and followed by a 'Summer Hoolie' in June. Beginners are very welcome and often a dance will be talked / walked through first if people are unsure.
We dance to the 'Bonanza Band', 10pm 'til late (usually ~ 12.30am) �5 at the door, soft drinks provided. Dress - Kilt and jumper / skirt / informal.
With the exception of the hamper dance, we generally eat in the local pub before hand.
For further information, please contact either Bruce Mackie (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Chairman) on 01779 821002 or Jenny Chalmers (secretary) on 01651 873963, or see our web site at www.aberdeenshirereels.co.uk.
Information supplied by Bruce Mackie (email@example.com).
Club nights are once a month. No teaching (just those members who want to, take a night) - so not suitable for absolute beginners, but we walk most things. We meet in Kinning Park Complex, Cornwall Street, Glasgow from 8.00 - 10.30pm (juice and cakes at the interval). Club nights up until the summer are:
Friday 20th April 2001 and Friday 15th June 2001. (Dance is in May so no club night that month).
If anyone is interested then please e-mail Alan
Rintoul (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call on 01324
814605 and I'll give them directions and more details on progs, etc.
Web site: http://www.alba-scd.co.uk/
Information supplied by Alan Rintoul (email@example.com).
The Ashdown Scottish Country Dance Club which is based in Crowborough East Sussex. We are a mixed ability class and meet on Thursdays with tuition from RSCDS Instructors twice a month and the other evenings are organised by different members of the Committee.
We have two dances a year, one in April and one in September.
Contact: Michael Copeman, Brook House, Burnt Oak Road, Burnt Oak, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3SD. Tel/Fax 01892 655971, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashill Scottish dancers meet every Tuesday evening at Horton Village Hall Nr Ilminster.
Web site: ashillscd.wordpress.com
Secretary: Jennifer Wallace
The Atholl Club meets on Tuesday nights in Inverleith Church Hall, Ferry Road, with music by Iain MacPhail. Members �3, visitors �4.50.
Baillie Tartan SCD Club meets every week
throughout the year:
Time: Thursdays 8:30 � 10:30PM
Place: the Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close, off Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, Birmingham B30 1UA.
Some basic knowledge of SCD is expected, ie. it is not for complete beginners.
Secretary: Mrs. H. Richmond, 37A Rowlands Crescent, Solihull B91 2JF, phone 0121-705 5160;
Instructor: Ms J. Williams, 243 Broad Lane, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 5AF; 0121-444-1231.http://www.native-tongues.com/bournemouthcaledonian/.
Contact (and information provided by) Malcolm Higgins (email@example.com).
Bury Reel Club meets at The Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QA. Wednesday evening is for beginners and working people, Tuesday 2-4 for beginners and improvers and Friday 1.30-3.30 experienced dancers.
Luckenbooth Circle meets every third Friday of the month at The Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QA at 7.00pm. This is a dance, mostly for experienced dancers, although there are some evenings which are especially for new and nervous dancers.
The Coleen Hutchison School of Highland Dancing London Classes are held on Wednesday evenings in Covent Garden, London. All ages and abilities are welcome. For further information, please telephone 020 8554 3340 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ceilidh club meets every Tuesday from 15th March 2005.
Time: 8 till 11.00
Venue: The Lot, Grassmarket, Edinburgh (South East Scotland)
Band: Various from Robert Fish, Belle Stars and Bella McNab
Price: �6 per night
Contact: Stan Reeves, Tel: 0131 229 5633, Email: Stan.email@example.com
Scottish Country Dancing - Dashing White Sergeant, Eightsome Reel, Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow and much more in a night of Celtic excess. Suitable for novices (there's a caller to let you know the steps) as well as those that have danced a thousand reels. It's just like a Scottish wedding except you don't have to bring a present.
It is advisable to get tickets in advance. Call 0171 243 4633.
Information supplied by Ed McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dunedin Dancers was formed in 1971 by a group of members of New Scotland who wanted a base from which to run biennial dance festivals, to raise funds to do the running, and to visit other dance festivals both in return and to sound out likely talent for the next festival. This year they held a festival in George Watson's College, with over 100 dancers from France, Germany and Poland. They also had teams dancing in Germany and Romania thia summer.
They are a lively group, whose repertoire is aimed at more experienced dancers; although they have a monthly class, the emphasis (except when preparing for a trip or festival) tends more to enjoyment and embellishment than strict RSCDS technique. However, they have many dancers of a high standard, and regularly perform for assorted functions.
They meet on Wednesday evenings between 8 and 10 pm in Cluny Lower Church Hall, with live music from Graeme Munro and Lindsay Weir on the first and third weeks of the month. A mixed bag of dances are called and unfamiliar and more complex dances (which form the bulk of the programmes) are walked through. Membership costs £10 single/£15 household/£7 for students and weekly fees are £1.50, or at a discounted rate for the term/year. They hold informal dances in November and June, and the formal Dunedin Assembly in March. More details of these are in the events pages. They also have several non-dancing activities during the year.
Their home page has more details.
The teacher is Agnes Macmichael and the music is provided by Alan Ross. This term we have had two guest teachers visit the Group, Janet Johnston and Margo Priestly and it is intended to continue this theme when the new term starts in January.
The season runs between September and April, with a break at Christmas/New Year.
We hold an annual St Valentine's Dance, this year (2004) in aid of CHAS, see the events listing for more details.
Information supplied by Agnes Macmichael (email@example.com)
The group meets at Polwarth Church Hall on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. It is a social club and dances to tapes, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The dances are called and walked through as necessary and some teaching is done but the emphasis is on enjoyment. All dancers are welcome.
The club reopens on Tuesday, 25th September 2001. Contact Fiona Carpenter on 0131 336 3316.
Information supplied by Fiona Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The club meets in St. John's Church Hall, Princes Street, on a Wednesday evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, commencing in October and running until the end of March with a break over Christmas. Subscription for twenty-two weeks dancing, including tea and biscuits, is £25. New members are always welcome. Visitors are charged £2.00 per evening. We dance to tapes and CDs, and the dances are called and walked through.
For further information contact Mrs Valma Easson, President, or Miss Margaret Stirton, Secretary.
Being a university society, its members are, with a few exceptions, students in their late teens and early twenties, so naturally there is a lot of energy and horseplay at their meetings. There is also a high turnover rate of members - it often seems that no sooner does a dancer become good than she or he leaves again. In recent years, New Scotland has been unusual among Scottish Dance societies in having a surplus of men.
New Scotland's main evening is Thursday evening, with a range of classes - both Scottish Country and Highland - followed by social dancing. After this they head for Teviot student union bar - after all, dancing is thirsty business!
Their home page has more details.
Reeling has its roots in the same traditions as the Scottish Country Dancing practiced by New Scotland, and it has its own very definite technique - see this description here. The style shows much less ballet influence than SCD, and the repertoire (in my admittedly limited experience) is more based around a smaller core of traditional dances.
It is still an excellent workout, with energetic dancing to our lively Scottish music. I last heard personally of the EURC in the mid-nineties (but then I've not been around the University much since then...), but I recently (in 2011) had a contact from someone who has danced with them.
Fleet Scottish Country Dance Society meets fortnightly on Saturdays (Sept to May) for social dancing and membership is open to all levels of ability. New members are always welcome and it is a friendly group. Contact Mrs. Shirley Ferguson by email to email@example.com for further info or visit fleet.rscds-bhs.org.uk.
Hampstead & District Scots Association (HDSA) Dance Club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings (8:00PM to 10:00PM) at Trinity Methodist Church, Hodford Road, Golders Green NW11 8EG. (Please use the back entrance on Rodborough Road for access to the church hall.) On-street parking is available. The church is two blocks from Golders Green Tube and Bus Station.
We meet from September through June, with a break over the Christmas holidays.
We are an informal social club that welcomes visitors for weekly dancing. Please note this is not a class, so some knowledge of scottish dancing is necessary.
Non-members �3.00, members: �2.50 with annual subscription. Refreshments are provided.
For more information, please contact: Joan Burgess, Club Secretary, on 0208-870-6131.
Information supplied by Randall Reale
In 2005 HARPENDEN Scottish Country Dancing Club celebrates its 50th birthday. Dedicated to the promotion of Scottish Country Dancing it has always put special emphasis on providing an opportunity for experienced dancers to meet and dance the newer and more challenging dances that were regularly coming into circulation. It is a tribute to its founders that these objectives remain forefront in the Club's activities.
The Club meets 8pm every Tuesday evening throughout the year, except August and the Christmas and New Year Period, at
HERTS AL5 1PF
There is also a Beginners and Improvers class at 8pm on Thursdays.
The evening is lead by a practiced member of the club who devises a weekly programme of around 12 dances aimed at the experienced dancer. Most of the dances will be taken from a core of 150 popular dances maintained by the Silver Cross Dance Group but a few will be new; acquired by the evening�s leader from a variety of sources. Dances are "walked" as a demonstration by one of the sets, chosen at random from those on the floor, but if it is new it will be "walked" by all sets.
There is no step practice and dancers are expected to be familiar with standard formations and movements as well as steps.
Evening Fees are �1.50 for members and �2.00 for non-members but regular attendees are expected to take up membership of the Club, at an annual subscription of �2.00, and to take on other matters relating to its smooth running.
That the Club is a very friendly one, goes without saying and whether dancers come as singles, couples, or groups they can be sure of a genuine welcome and be absolutely confident that they will dance every dance.
For more information, see our web site.
Frodsham St Andrew's Society meets for social dancing on Wednesday evenings between 8p.m. and 10p.m. at St Paul's Church Hall, Chester Road, Helsby, WA6 9AB.
The season runs from September to April, with a break over the Christmas holidays.
There is a weekly charge of �2.00, which includes tea and biscuits, and the annual subscription is �5.00.
All are welcome to join us.
Please contact Margaret Lloyd for further details.
Helsby Caledonian Society meets in the Community Centre on Mondays at 7.30.
Please contact Phyllis Barlow or phone 01352754102 for further details.
The club meets on Monday nights in the Church Hall, Inverleith Church, Inverleith Gardens (top of Granton Road).
We run classes Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening. (September to Easter) Also 2 or 3 all abilities dances and 3 formal dances a year.
Contact: Email: Jim Cranmer
Meets in St Matthew Hall, Morningside Paris Church, Braid Rd, Edinburgh EH10 6AE, on Monday evenings, 7.40 to 9.40 pm from October to March, dancing to live music.
New members and visitors are always welcome, but are expected to know the basic steps and formations of Scottish Country Dancing. Dances are called and walked through once.
For further information please see our website - www.morningsidescdclub.com.
Information supplied by Sandra Shaw.
The Edinburgh Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is, along with Dunedin and New Scotland, the third performing group in Edinburgh. Their emphasis is much more on technique, as shown by the large number of classes they run.
They have assorted classes throughout the week in halls all over Edinburgh, catering for all ability levels from Beginners, through Intermediate I and II to Advanced and Demonstration classes. They also have Junior classes for children over 7, an "Afternoon Social" class on Tuesday afternoons, and assorted dances throughout the season - see the events page for more details of these.
Their home page has more details.
Classes for Ceilidh Dance, whistle, bagpipes, mandolin, moothie, guitar run by the Scots Music Group.
Ceilidh Dance Classes are held Wednesdays in Bruntsfield School, Montperlier, Edinburgh EH10 4NA. For age 16 years + Drop in or pay-by-term. With Adele Gold from Edinburgh's Da Hooley Band.
Scottish Charity number SC032702
RSCDS Manchester Branch is a small but active branch, with Beginner/Intermediate classes on Tuesdays 7.30-9.30 September - May (see the website for our venue and contacts) and Advanced Classes on alternate Wednesdays (see the website for dates). We also have three social dances every year in December, February and our Annual dance in May. We also do demonstrations where possible (please contact us at least 1 month in advance).
The Michelle Murray School of Highland Dancing have highland dancing classes which are held on Friday evenings at the Joan Strong Centre, Oundle. All ages and abilities are welcome.
For further information, please telephone 01536 268179 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.Information supplied by Michelle Jewell.
We meet on Thursday evenings from 7.30p.m. - 9.30 p.m. with a short break in the middle, at St. Olaves Hall in Ramsey. Our term starts on the 2nd Thursday in September and we finish the following Easter, so there is a long break in the summer.
Our group number between 11 or 12 to 15 or 16, so we are very small. This group is not connected to the RSCDS, although at one time we were. The club goes back about 20 or 25 years.
For more information contact Sheila on (01624)812843, or Pauline at (01624) 817610.
Information supplied by Sheila Sturgeon (email@example.com)
The MACLENNAN SCOTTISH GROUP has been running for 21 years now, based in Sidcup and West Kent, but with members from all over the London area. It was formed to build a team to dance in display , to pipes and drums, at the EUROPEADE folk festival which is held in different european cities near the end of July each year.
They have a web site at http://www.msg.org.uk/.
Information supplied by Gerry Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The club meets every Wednesday at 7.30 at the Grove Green Community Centre, Weavering Street, Maidstone. There is ample parking in the Tesco car park. All ages and abilities will be made most welcome.
Contact John Day 01622 831838
Meets every Monday in Preston, Lancashire and Wednesday in Goosnargh, Lancashire.
Hon Secretary Mr Alexander Barnes e-mail: email@example.com
Many dances throughout the year. Dancers of all abilities warmly invited.
Current membership is 93.
Scottish country dancing class meet Tues nights at 8.0pm In the Village Hall, Whalley, Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire
Information supplied by PMacMIL@aol.com.
Totnes Scottish Country Dance Group was founded in the spring of 2002. by Richard Henwood. We meet on Tuesdays at KEVICCS (King Edward VII Community College, Ashburton Road, Totnes, Devon) from 7.15-9.00 pm., under the expert direction of Pamela de Waal. Fees are payable to Devon County Council for 10 sessions at a time. Dancers, whether Scottish or of Scottish descent, or neither, of all ages and grades from beginners up, are welcome to join us at any time.
I am happy to share experiences, including that of setting up a new Scottish Country Dance Group.
Contact: Richard Henwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01803 864564.
Bexhill & District Scottish Society meets on Tuesday from September to June at St Stephen's Church Hall, Downs Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex. Teacher Jim Winter, General Class for Scottish Country Dancing. The Society holds dances and Scottish events throughout the year.
Tel: 01424 211140 (evenings after 8pm please)
The Sussex Association of Scottish Societies is an umbrella group to help coordinate the 23 Clubs in the County with avoiding clashes with dates. We also combine to run events and have over 30 years raised over �12000.
Contact: Michael Copeman
Saorsa Dansa is a performance highland dance group based in Larbert. Can be in traditional highland or Aboyne outfit or in Medieval Scottish dress as in the style of Braveheart. Available for all events, corporate, festivals,weddings ect.
These dancers appeared on the Christmas eve special of Ant and Dec Saturday night Takeaway 05, as part of the Ant Verses Dec, with the Clanrannald Trust for Scotland.
1 Canmore Drive
Tel: 01324 871921 Fax: 01324 554462
We meet every Sunday afternoon, 2:00-5:00p.m. at Boys' Brigade Hall, Kinnessburn Road, St Andrews.
All the old favourites, e.g. Dashing White Sergeant, Eva Three Step, Lomond Waltz, Virginia Reel, etc. etc. Beginners helped. Live music. Everyone welcome at this friendly and fun afternoon.
Tickets, 3.00 at the door (includes tea/coffee + biscuits)
Contact: 01334 472 375
Information supplied by Flora Dagmar Selwyn (email@example.com).
The class meets every Tuesday, 7.30pm to 10pm, at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Grove Road, Millhouses, Sheffield. We have qualified teachers, with separate tuition for beginners and more experienced dancers up to 9pm, followed by tea and chat and then social dancing, all for �2.50. We are a friendly, informal class; you don't have to be Scottish, a member of the Caledonian Society, or to bring a partner.
We also have monthly Saturday night social dances, including an annual dance with a live band.
Schedule for 2002/03
Autumn classes 10 September - 10 December Winter 7 January - 8 April Spring 29 April - 24 June (no class 27 May)
For further details about the class, please contact M Hart on (0114) 2307848, or visit the web site at http://www.sheffieldcaledonians.co.uk/.
Information supplied by Liz Rankin (Liz.MORREY@dfes.gsi.gov.uk).
We meet the 2 / 3 and 4th Thursday in the Methodist Church Hall. Market Street. Tenbury Wells, from 1000 to 1200ish with a break at 1100 for tea / biscuits and cake. On the 1st Thursday we meet elsewhere so please ring for details.
Contact: Lynn: (01584) 819 843 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Brian (01584 811 843.
We are an extremely friendly and fun loving group, so come and join us if you're in town.
The Thistle SCD Club meets on Thursday evenings in Polwarth Church Hall, Polwarth Terrace at 7:30. Secretary: Bill Hamilton.
Time: Saturdays, 7:30 - 10:30
Venue: Normally Edinburgh Academy Junior School, Arboretum Road, Edinburgh
Price: �7 members/�9 non-members / �2 spectators
Occurs: Roughly fortnightly
Season: Late September to early May
Contact: Alison Nuttall 0131-447- 4117
Web site: www.trinityscdc.eu
This friendly club was formed in 1961 with the aim of social enjoyment of dance. We warmly welcome visitors and new members of all abilities. Although we do not run classes, beginners with some type of dance knowledge will have no problem as they are encouraged and helped through steps, formations and figures. We walk through new or unfamiliar dances and give reminders for any dance on request.
We meet on Wednesday evenings between 8.00 and 10.00 pm from September to June, at the United Reformed Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6PS (opposite Sainsbury's). Our small nightly charge covers all dancing and includes tea/coffee and biscuits! Once you become a member there is also a small annual subscription (details upon request).
For further information, please contact us via our e-mail address, email@example.com and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Highland Dancing School based in Central Scotland classes in Stirling, Larbert, Grangemouth, Denny. 80+ S.O.B.H.D competition entry forms to print off, lists of Highland Dancing outfitters/suppliers in Scotland. Medieval Dance troupe and band, Gallery, Saor Patrol, class times and venues, contact information and much more.
New classes for Autumn 2006 as follows
Branch website: www.rscds-wirral.org.uk
The Branch runs 3 classes (Beginners, General & Social Dancing), meeting in Prenton (Birkenhead) and Wallasey on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the season. Full details of classes and social events on the Branch website.
We are a small but friendly group and meet every Tuesday in school term time between 8 and 10 p.m. at Wribbenhall Parish Rooms, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley, Worcs. All ages and abilities welcome. We have some Scots but the majority are not! Learn and practice Scottish dances, have some exercise, but most of all enjoy the evening. More information from the secretary, Aileen Hodgkins, on 01562 228437 or mobile 0797 406 3359 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information supplied by Aileen Hodgkins.
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