Demonstration Dance – July 2019

On Monday 15th July seven representatives of the branch provided a demonstration for those attending the Loughborough Baptist Church ‘Holidays at Home’ group. Before the demonstration we were treated to a delicious lunch so we were perhaps not as light on our feet as we would have liked!

Our audience were very appreciative and as we had a little time to spare some of them joined us for a walk through of our usual class warm-up dance to the tune of the British Grenadiers.

Thanks to David for the photographs.


60th Anniversary Dance – 18th May 2019

We’ve been planning and looking forward to our Diamond Jubilee Dance all year, and the day finally arrived and what a fantastic time we had!

It was lovely to welcome over 70 dancers from around our region to join us and dance to the uplifting music of George Meikle and the Lothian Band, which was a real treat.  There were even several people present who had been associated with the Branch from the inauguration.  It was an extremely enjoyable night amongst friends – dancing popular dances, with lots of smiling faces, and an excellent Bring and Share supper.

We were very honoured to be joined by Andrew Kellett, the Chairman of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society which was very special and very much appreciated.  With nearly 160 branches of the Society worldwide it was an honour indeed!  Andrew helped our Chairman, Elizabeth Gull, to cut the cake, decorated with the branch logo and he also proposed a toast to the Branch at the supper.  It was all very inspiring.

Everyone present was presented with a specially commissioned commemorative mug organised by Jimmy Livingston.  Margaret Livingston had compiled a wonderful display of archive photos and memorabilia going back over the 60 years, which created a lot of interest during the evening.

It was certainly a night to remember and we all had a very jolly time!

The photos of the evening were taken by David Page.

ASCDS Festival 2019

On Saturday 11th May, after a pub lunch at the Chequers Inn on the canal at Ranby, fourteen dancers represented the Branch in the massed dances at the Association of Scottish Country Dance Societies’ 39th Annual Festival held at the Retford Oaks Academy hosted by the Derby Scottish Association and Burns Club.  This year two of our dancers were joining us for the first time and they really enjoyed the four special practices we had, and the day itself.

Altogether there were around 200 dancers from the East Midlands and South Yorkshire all enjoying dancing to the music of Alan Ross and his Scottish Dance Band.  The kilts, white dresses and sashes looked magnificent en masse.  It was lovely to meet up with friends from other groups that we meet each year, all great fun.

There were five solo demonstration dances this year interspersed amongst the massed dance groups during the afternoon, and our Branch performed the Square Set Medley ‘The Rose of Glamis’ written by John Drewry to mark  the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1990.  (Glamis Castle was her childhood home). It was very well received!

Video: Roses of Glamis – ASCDS Festival 2019

In the evening, about 100+ of the most energetic dancers stayed on to a social dance, dancing to Alan Ross’s band again.  It was a full-on day, and all very enjoyable.  Next year is the 40th Festival, so plans are already in place to make it even more special.

Social Dance

It was lovely to welcome 56 dancers from our region to our second dance of the season to the Lutterell Hall in West Bridgford.  This season is our 60th anniversary year since the Branch was formed in 1959, and will culminate in a 60th Anniversary dance in May.

The wonderful music played by Ian Robertson and his Scottish Dance Band was an absolute joy to dance to, and inspired us to keep our feet reeling and setting until the very end of the night!  An excellent Bring and Share supper was enjoyed by everyone at the interval.

Thank you to David Page for the collage of photos taken during the dance.  There is also a link for a video taken during the evening by Mary Aitken of the dance Pirongia, which was on the programme.

Our next dance will be a Hogmanay dance on 31st December 2018, 8.00pm to just after midnight at Lowdham Village Hall (tickets £7 and £4 spectators, inc a wee tipple and cake for a toast).  Details on the Events page.

November Social Dance 2018

November 2018 – National Events in 2019

It might see a long way off but it is time to start thinking about the big RSCDS events that are being held in 2019.
The RSCDS events website is the best place to find out about all their forthcoming events: RSCDS Events

There are three events that we thought you might be particularly interested in:

Winter School 2019:

This is held from the 17th to the 22nd February in Pitlochery. Full details can be found here: Winter School 2019

Summer School 2019:

Over a month in the summer the RSCDS organise four weeks of music and dancing. In 2019 Summer School will begin on the 14th July and runs until the 11th August. Lots of different classes, courses and events will be held and full details can be found here: Summer School 2019

Lots of our members have attended Summer School in the past so please get in touch if you would like any more information.

Spring Fling & Spring Fringe 2019:

Spring Fling is an annual event for 12-35 year olds who have a basic grasp of Scottish Country Dancing. This year the event is being hosted by the Paris Branch of the RSCDS on behalf of the RSCDS Youth Services Committee. It is being held on the 19th-21nd April. Like Summer School a range of classes and social events are arranged over the weekend, but ultimately it is a designed to be a weekend that is fun and full of dancing!

More information about Spring Fling can be found here: Spring Fling 2019

Alongside this there is a parallel event called the Spring Fringe for everyone else who would like to be involved in a fun weekend of dancing. Some of the social dancing is shared with attendees at the Spring Fling but there are also dedicated Spring Fringe classes.

More information about Spring Fringe can be found here: Spring Fringe 2019

October 2018 – New Season Update

Classes have now been underway for a few weeks and it’s been lovely to catch up with everyone after the long summer break.

We’ve welcomed some new starters and been re-joined by others whose careers have taken them away for a period of time.

The class for new starters and the class for those who are more experienced are both progressing well, helping us all to learn new techniques or to brush up on those skills that might have become rusty! Additionally, those of us who didn’t get in much dancing over the summer are well on the way to regaining our previous fitness levels.

June 2018 – East Bridgford Village Show – Demonstration

Our demonstration team danced at the East Bridgford Village Show on Saturday 30th June. They danced several dances in the sunshine and below are some photographs from the Show. There is a video of one of dances, called  Nottingham Lace, available here.

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