Rosedale Youth Group

The children’s group at Rosedale carries on a grand tradition, established by our founder, Professor Ronald Smith. Endearingly known as “Sanskrit Smith” he taught East Asian Studies at UofT (and he was a wartime intelligence officer in that field at Bletchley Park). Professor Smith always, winter and summer, wore the kilt. By all accounts Dr Smith was a fine dancer, and a fine gentleman. He left a generous bequest to support Scottish country dance youth.

Moira Korus, now leads Rosedale and she brings joy and inspiration to dance class. Moira is accredited by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in Edinburgh, Scotland, having completed extensive training and adjudication. She has taught in St Andrews and in workshops across North America.
Gavin Keachie began dancing at Rosedale at age 4, when he famously bit his teacher’s knee, and has grown up in Scottish country dance. As a teenager, he got a scholarship to attend Summer School at St Andrews. He moved on to university, and though working on a second degree he’s at Rosedale most Saturdays to assist, and sometimes lead the class.

Rosedale fees, $175/year, are a bargain. The fee includes weekly instruction, special party days, and attendance at annual festival and special events. The only recommended additional purchase is proper dance shoes (but we have a box of loaners as well).  There are three Classes: • Wee Ones • Intermediates • Seniors.

9:00 - 9:45am: Wee Ones >> This class is for youngsters 4-7yrs and their parent(s). The kids learn to listen to, and move with music, and work as a team while they learn basic dance steps and formations. There’s usually a lot of giggles, and the dancing can be somewhat chaotic, but the older kids (and parents) in the group develop leadership skills as they help the wee ones, and they DO learn dances and demonstrate their talents at special events such as Burns Suppers and Festivals.

9:45 - 10:45am: Intermediate Class >> The Intermediate Class is ages 8-12 yrs. Music, and basic dance steps and formations, are the foundation of this class while students learn more complicated dances. Most importantly, kids have fun while they develop teamwork, social, and performance skills. On party days, this group LOVES to show parents and grandparents how to dance!  Two favourite events for Intermediates are the annual Christmas Dance and the Youth Ball.

Click Intermediates: Xmas at Rosedale Presby. to see a performance at a Celtic Christmas Concert
with the Penthelion Singers.

10:30 - 11:45am: Senior Class >> The Senior Class is ages 12-20 yrs. Teenagers are quick to pick up dances, and they thrive on challenge. That’s what they get in this class. They learn some just-for-fun dances but they concentrate on intricate, performance-worthy dances. New friendships are formed, and leadership skills develop. Importantly, self-confidence flourishes. The teens often appear on stage in professional music productions and the audience is always thrilled to see grace and youth perform within a centuries-old tradition. As one of the Rosedale teens said, “Dancing is way more fun than watching TV!”

Accomplished teens are subsidized to attend the annual Toronto Workshop, and some attend formal events such as the Tartan Ball. Several Rosedale teens have travelled to Scotland to attend the Summer School in St Andrews.

Click MacLeod of Dunvegan to see a performance by the teens at a recent Children’s Festival.

To see a group of mixed-age kids dance for joy at the Youth Ball, click Postie’s Jig. The Youth Ball is a “posh” event for young people and happens every year. It draws youngsters from all over the GTA, and from as far away as Buffalo.

For more info, or to sign up, contact Moira Korus: 647.378-5753

Downloads: Rosedale-Registration.doc and Rosedale-brochure.pdf

We dance at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mt Pleasant Road at South Drive <map>

Children’s Festival ~ 2009

This is the biggest bargain in children’s activities.

$175 / year includes weekly instruction, special party days, and attendance at annual festivals.

Runs September to May

At Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Road at South Drive <map>

Note: Video clips on this page may need a few minutes to load.

Seniors: MacLeod of Dunvegan

Juniors:  Jig To The Music

Intermediates: Xmas at Rosedale Presby.

dancing since 1956
New dancers always welcome
Sept to May; join anytime