Lessons
(all levels)

 

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


The RSCDS Toronto Scottish Country Dance Association offers classes for adults of all ages and dancing abilities, including those who are just beginning, those who have danced for decades, and everyone in between. Come join us and share the wonderful experience of Scottish country dance!


Questions? . . . please contact the Classes Convenor:  Sue Ann Bryce  416.266-5423

Beginner Classes ~ North Toronto (Yonge & Lawrence)


Level 1 (Beginner Classes)  At St. Leonard's Anglican Church Hall <map> 

Pre-register to join the class - and bring a COVID ATTESTATION to class.

Mondays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Dates TBA - (10 weeks: $100) 

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 fully 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.

Classes are in the parish hall of St. Leonard’s Anglican. It's a big room with a sprung wood floor, and it’s handy to the subway (a 2-minute walk north of Lawrence station).

St. Leonard’s Anglican, 25 Wanless Avenue <map>, just off Yonge Street, just north of Lawrence.

Pre-register online or email: Sue Ann Bryce   ~   Class Co-ordinator: Cheryl Catt

Beginner Classes ~ Central Toronto (310 Danforth, near Carrot Common)


Level 1 (Beginner Classes)  At Eastminster United Church <map>

  Pre-register to join the class - and bring a COVID ATTESTATION to class.

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Dates TBA - (10 weeks: $100) 

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.

Beginners dance in the Hurndale Room on lower level of Eastminster United Church on a springy wood floor.

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station, near Carrot Common.
Enter Eastminster Church by the east-side door, go downstairs, turn right to the Hurndale Room.

Pre-register online or email: Sue Ann Bryce   ~   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Level 2 [Improver Classes]  ~ Central Toronto (310 Danforth, nr Carrot Common)


Central:  Level 2 (Intermediate Classes) At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Dates TBA - (10 weeks: $100)

Pre-register to join the class - and bring a COVID ATTESTATION to class.

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 is in the Eastminster Gymnasium (designed for basketball, it has a wood floor).

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.  Enter church by the east-side door and go downstairs, turn left to the Gym.

Pre-register online or email: Sue Ann Bryce   ~   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Level 3 Classes are returning (posted 21 March 2022)


Central:  Level 3 Advanced Classes  At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Classes resume May 2023  (3 weeks: $25 or $10 each) < info may change

Pre-register for Level 3 Advanced Class - and bring a COVID ATTESTATION to class.

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.   

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

Contact: Sue Ann Bryce   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Extension Classes are returning (posted 21 March 2022)


Central:  Extension Classes   At Eastminster United Church <map>

Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:30pm — Classes resume May 2023  (3 weeks: $25 or $10 each) < info may change

Pre-register for Extension Classes - and bring a COVID ATTESTATION to class.

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.

Teachers:  Three teachers (TBA) will share the teaching duties.

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

Contact: Sue Ann Bryce   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631



 

      

Classes resume in September: Dates TBA

re-registration required ~ Complete this online form
or email Classes Convenor Sue Ann Bryce


  1.     • Proof of full vaccination required

  2.     • Temperature checks, and Covid-19_Attestation_form.pdf at the door

  3.     • Masks while dancing;  no food;  bring your own water

          • Any other procedural details will be posted here as they develop