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June 1 - 3 - Dancing In New Places:  Rovaniemi, Finland

What do you think Santa Claus does in his off-season?  He does Scottish country dancing!

Everyone knows Santa has his workshop at the North Pole but (shhh: it’s a secret) that he actually lives in picturesque Rovaniemi. It’s well above the Arctic Circle but there won’t be much snow in June. Won’t be much dark either!

Optional tourist programmes include Arctic adventures in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. You will meet cute husky puppies, reindeer, perhaps an elf or two.

Teacher:  Jim STOTT of Aberdeen
(and St Andrews Summer School, and the
2017 Toronto Workshop). 

Music:  Muriel Johnstone and Keith Smith.

This event is designed for advanced and intermediate dancers.

More info: contact Katalin Konya

June 8-10 - Midwest Scottish Weekend, Wisconsin 

Enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and Scottish country dancing with renowned musicians and teachers.

Deby Benton Grosjean and Andy Imbrie (from Reel of Seven) will make music that keeps your feet moving and your spirits positive.

Teacher Tim Wilson of San Francisco will help improve your technique and increase your enjoyment of Scottish country dancing.

Local Welsh (and other folk-) dancer Mady Newfield will offer something different for your dancing repertoire. 

Wayland Academy, 101 N University Ave, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin USA 53916

$240 (includes room, board, classes, parties, ball)   

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/midwestscottishweekend/

June 9 - Spring Dance & Social, Sault Ste. Marie 

The Sault Ste. Marie Scottish Country Dancers invite you to their end-of-season Spring Dance and Social at the Masonic Hall, 378 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Dinner will be at 6pm, followed by an evening of jigs, reels and strathspeys (recorded music).

Cash bar. Cost is $35 per person for dancers; $30 for students and non-dancers. Billeting may be available.

Full details and dance program will be posted here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1o-yTXcvJ5ldgqX5xJ90TqOGXVuLW8ZMK.

Tickets are available from Maureen Stefanizzi (maureen.stefanizzi@gmail.com) until May 31.

June 15 - 17 - Country Dance Weekend in Lews Castle, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis 


Prominent SCD Teacher, Jimmy Hill, of Edinburgh, has organized a country dance weekend in the Outer Hebrides for next June. Dancing will take place in the spectacular restored ballroom of Lews Castle, overlooking Stornoway harbour.

At that time of the year it is daylight almost 24 hours a day in Lewis and with any luck the midges will wait for the influx of tourists in July!

Cost for the dance weekend is £120 and two nights bed and breakfast in a nearby hotel would be around £160.

The weekend includes a Friday night social dance, Saturday morning class, Saturday evening ball, then an informal Sunday morning class.

It also includes a three-course meal before the ball in Lews Castle. 

2018-Stornoway-Weekend-brochure.pdf     2018-Stornoway-Weekend-application.pdf   2018-Stornoway-Weekend-Accommodation.pdf

For more info, please email Jimmy at macleodhill@mac.com

June 15 - 17 - Danses Écossaises Weekend in Grenobles 

Le Chardon du Dauphiné dance group invites you to a weekend of Scottish country dance in beautiful Grenoble in the Rhône-Alps region of France.

We will have two great teachers: Raphaëlle ORGERET and Paul PLUMMER,
accompanied by Lindsey IBBOTSON and another musician to be announced.

There will be a Friday Welcome Dance; Saturday Intermediate and Advanced classes, an Evening Ball, and a Sunday morning Mixed abilities class.

For continuing updates, visit their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/chardondudauphine/

Save your place by sending an email to kpiquemal.chardon@gmail.com

July 6 - 14 - Pinewoods Dance Camp 

Each July, RSCDS Boston sponsors three sessions: a 4-day session for English, Scottish and Contra dancing (co-sponsored with CDS Boston Centre), and weekend and week-long Scottish sessions. All three sessions offer live music and dancing from morning 'til night, with classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced dancers. We would like to especially encourage young dancers (18+), new dancers, and Pinewoods first-timers to apply.

The theme this year is “Spellbound”— magic, witches and goblins!   We hope you’ll join us!

Further info:  http://rscdsboston.org/pinewoods.html

July 8 - 15 - Australia “Winter School” 

RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch is hosting the 43rd Australian Winter School at Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia.  Come and enjoy a fun filled week of Scottish country dancing with great teachers and musicians.

Morning classes for all levels    |    Optional afternoon classes    |    6 Evening socials   |   
Formal dinner    | Grand Ball

TEACHERS:  Tom McKinlay (France), Raphaëlle Orgeret (France), Debbie Roxburgh (New Zealand), Bill Unger (Australia), Anne Kennedy (Australia), Ros McKie (Australia)

Accommodation will be in apartments at the luxurious Ramada Resort, Shoal Bay in the heart of the blue water playground of Port Stephens.

More info on the Hunter Valley website;  or email:  cometohvws@gmail.com

July 15 - Aug 12 - St Andrews Summer School 

Come and join us in St Andrews for another fun-filled month of music and dancing! Last year we welcomed more than 700 dancers from across the globe (almost 40 countries) and across all ages. 

Each Week of Summer School gives dancers the opportunity for classes, social dancing, a Ceilidh or two with the input of experienced teachers and great musicians, and of course to dance at our famous Younger Hall. Dancers stay in St Andrews University and accommodation, food, and social dances are all included in the price (with residential and non-residential options).!

Week 1: 15 - 22 July    |    Week 2: 22 - 29 July    |    Week 3: 29 July - 5 August    |    Week 4: 5 - 12 August

  1. The Starters & Restarters class: weeks 2 and 4 

  2. The Class Musicians' Course: week 1

  3. The Musicians' Course: week  2

  4. Junior Summer School and Young Dancers Week: week 3

  5. The Social Dancing Skills class: week 4

  6. The Tutors Course: week 4

  7. Unit 2: week 1

  8. Unit 3: in week 2

  9. Unit 5: weeks 3 & 4

  10. DAA (Intermediate): week 3

  11. DAA (Advanced): week 4

  12. DAA (Very Advanced): week 2

More info:  www.rscds.org/article/summer-school-2018

Aug 13 - 17 - Scotch On The Rocks, Wolfeville, NS 

Four half-day classes, 2 excursions and a 1-hour massage are included in the $250 package.
Places are still available but classes are limited to 32 participants so don’t delay.

Learn a variety of new formations based on old figures and steps - (contact Duncan Keppie: johnduncankeppie@gmail.com. Examples of these formations may be viewed at:





Teachers: Duncan and Maggie Keppie. Register by sending a cheque for $100 to:

J. Duncan Keppie, 2367 Ridge Road, Wolfville, N.S. B4P 2R3
include your name, address, email address and telephone number.

Download complete info and registration form:  2018-Scotch-on-the-Rocks.pdf

More info: Contact the Keppies  or 902.542-5320

Sept 28 - 30 - RSCDS Saskatchewan Workshop Weekend, Moose Jaw, SK 

Join with your Saskatchewan friends-in-dance for a workshop led by TAC Chair, Fiona Miller of Calgary.

There will be a Friday Welcome Ceilidh, Workshop Classes Saturday (for specific levels), followed by a Banquet and Ball Saturday evening.

Sunday morning 10:00 - noon will be a combined Workshop Class, and the event wraps up with Lunch

At the Heritage Inn Hotel. Download:  2018-RSCDS-Sask-Workshop.pdf    Further info: Mike Blanchard 

Oct 12 - 14 - RSCDS Ottawa Workshop Weekend 

Save the date. . .  Join us for a special workshop weekend.

Your teachers will be Geoffrey Selling and Terry Harvey.

Music by Keith Smith and Peter Shand.

Info:  Jody Poapst or Marion Hamilton  or  visit www.rscdsottawa.ca

Oct 26 - 28 - Autumn in Gamundia: An international Scottish Dance Weekend for advanced dancers 

Over the centuries, many have made their way to Schwäbisch Gmünd, from Romans defending their frontier town known as Gamundia to the medieval artisans who originated the town‘s title as the‚ Gold and Silver City. Why not dance in their footsteps in Autumn 2018?

The town will echo to the sound of the pipes and kilts will grace the historic streets. The dance venue, is an attractive modern congress centre in a beautiful location, with a small park just across the road from the hotel where accommodation will be available for all participants.

Teacher: Andrew Nolan.    Music: Luke & Adam Brady.

There will be a welcome dance on Friday evening, classes on Saturday and Sunday morning and a ball on Saturday evening.

Detailed info:   www.rechbergscottishdancers.de
or sign up for e-mail alerts.

Contact: Ute Pitzal, gamundia@rechbergscottishdancers.de

Nov 30 - Dec 2 - December Weekend In Portugal, Curia 

The 5th Annual December Weekend in Portugal returns to the Curia Palace Hotel, such was the enthusiasm of the dancers about the venue! Curia is a small spa-town between two important university cities, Coimbra and Aveiro, in the heart of the Bairrada wine-growing district.

The home of Portugal's Baga grape, Bairrada is bounded on one side by the mountainous Dao region and on the other by the surf-washed Atlantic beaches. The region is known for its delicious gastronomy and beautiful landscapes.

The weekend offers two balls with music by Keith Smith and Peter Shand, SCD classes with Raphaelle Orgeret (shown), and an optional half-day tour on Saturday afternoon. The complete package includes accommodation at the Curia Palace Hotel, two breakfasts and two dinners, two balls and the classes. The Curia Palace Hotel, with its Belle-Epoque and Art Nouveau styled rooms, is not only a beautiful place to stay, but has a magnificent wooden-floor ballroom.

Download:  2018-weeekend-in-Portugal-flyer.pdf

More info:  dancinginportugal@mail.com  or visit:  www.moonluza.pt