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Friday, March 22 -  Social Dance Evening with Ellie Briscoe

Erin Mills (Fri.) Social Group welcomes guest teacher ELLIE BRISCOE from Alexandria, Virginia. 

Dancing begins 7:30 until 9:30.

Mississauga Seniors’ Centre,  Olga Tyne Auditorium,  1389 Cawthra Rd. <map>
(East side, at Arbor Crt., 2 lights south of QEW).

Info: Jean Hamilton  905.566-9599

Saturday, March 23 -  West End Workshop & Tea Dance

Enjoy a day improving your dancing skills with three great teachers:
  1. ELLIE BRISCOE from Alexandria, Virginia 
    • CATHERINE REID from Dundas, Ont.
    • ARLENE KOTEFF from Toronto

Musicians: Don Bartlett, and Laird Brown with Don Wood. 

$75 Full day workshop, lunch, tea dance and afternoon tea;
$35 Youth (14-25); $20 tea dance only including afternoon tea. 
Registration starts at 8:30am; Tea Dance at 2:30pm

Turner Fenton School Secondary School, 7935 Kennedy Road, Brampton <map>

Note: The Tea Dance includes after-dance tea and treats.

Download:  2019-West-End Workshop.pdf (includes registration and Tea Dance programme)

Sunday, March 24 -  Teachers’ Workshop

Special guest teacher ELLIE BRISCOE will lead a workshop for certified teachers,
partially certificated teachers, and (with permission*) those considering the teacher certification process. 

Don Bartlett will play for the class.

*Contact: Barbara Taylor 905.271-1598    $15 at the door  (doors open at 1:30pm).

2-5pm at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga <map>

Wednesday, March 27 -  A Big Sing

John Bell of the Iona Community leads this musical exploration of “Jesus, Justice, and Joy”
for anyone who loves singing.

Featured are songs from Scotland and across the globe which deal with the big issues of the day
and with aspects of the life of Christ which are seldom celebrated.

7pm at Willowdale Emmanuel United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue  <map>.

Info: 416.222-5417  or  office@cummeravenueuc.ca

Thursday, March 28 -  Intro to Social Dancing Scottish Style for Millennials


Special classes for millennials begin. More info here.

Saturday, March 30 -  Blair Spring Dance

Celebrate Spring with your-friends-in-dance.
We’ll dance to the best of the bands, and enjoy light refreshments.

At Historic St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 137 Queen Street South, Kitchener N2G 1W2 <map>.

Info: Kathryn Lecocqu


2019-BLAIR-SPRING-DANCE-FLYER.pdf    2019-blair-spring-dance-cribs.pdf    2019-blair-spring-dance-diagrams.pdf

Blair website:  www.blairscottishcountrydancers.ca

Sunday, March 31 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Moira Korus

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Moira Korus will share interesting dances.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church on the Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale
Toronto. ($5 for non-members)

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Saturday, April 6 -  Hamilton’s 65th Annual John Middleton Ball: Blue Sapphire edition

The year 2019 marks 68 years of structured dancing in Hamilton and is the 65th anniversary of our Branch.

Our annual ball is now named after one of our best-loved branch teachers, John Middleton.
This year, we have an additional title for this occasion: THE BLUE SAPPHIRE BALL.

Please join us. We shall have inspiring music by Scotch Mist
and we’ll dance in the atmospheric splendour of The Scottish Rite, 4 Queen Street South, Hamilton <map> 

Sunday, April 7 -  Tartan Day in Port Perry

(daytime) - Parade, followed by Kirkin' O' The Tartan, followed by a party at the Port Perry Legion.

Tickets will be $20 pp for the party. (Parade & Kirkin' free) 

Info:  Alan Graham

Saturday, April 13 -  April Monthly Dance:  Volunteer Appreciation Night

Music by Scotch Mist.  Programme by Theresa Malek

These two dances briefed only:  Silver Tassie  and   Mairi’s Wedding

Downloads:  2019-Apr-13-briefs+video-links.pdf    |   2019-Apr-13-Dance-Instructions.pdf

QuickLinx:  • Machine Without HorsesSilver Tassie  • Society Piper  • Follow Me Home  • Anna Holden’s Strathspey  • Toronto Volunteers  ~Interval~  Tribute To The Borders  • The Bonnie Tree  • St Andrews of Brampton  • Cranberry Tart  • Neidpath Castle  • Mairi’s Wedding  • ~Extras~ • Wild Geese  • Maxwell’s Rant  • Miss Milligan’s Strathspey

Sunday, April 14 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Lou Emslie

Each session, a different guest teacher presents a challenging  program for those with prior knowledge of the more complex RSCDS formations,
the ability to phrase and execute all steps to a high standard and assimilate instruction quickly.

At this meeting Lou Emslie from Guelph will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church on the Hill,
300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale
Toronto. ($5 for non-members)

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Saturday, April 27 -  AGM & Dance

Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

Here’s a link to documents you should review prior to the AGM:  Members_Home_page

These two dances briefed only:  Tarry A While  and  My Only Jo and Dearie O

Downloads:  2019-AGM-Apr-27-briefs+video-links.pdf    2019-Apr-27-Dance-Instructions.pdf

QuickLinx:  • It’s All Right  • Pair of Jeans  • Miss Catherine Allan  • Tarry A While  • Bridge of Nairn  • Whigmaleeries  • The Retiring Chairman  • Westminster Reel  • My Only Jo and Dearie O  • Lass of Richmond Hill   EXTRAS:  • Tribute to The Borders  • Anderson’s Rant  • Lady Glasgow

Friday, May 3 -  Bees on the Bluebells' Spring Dance

South Simcoe dancers invite you to our celebration of spring in the country.

Music provided by Laird Brown and Don Wood

$10 at the door Refreshments following the dance

7:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 160 King St. South, Alliston <map>

Programme to follow.

Info: Maureen Richardson

Saturday, May 4 -  15th Annual Youth Ball

Come join the celebration!   Dance to the wonderful music of Fred Moyes.

• Reception at 5   • dinner 5:30   • dancing 6:45-9:30

This year at Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue, Toronto M2N 4V9 <map>

Tickets, including dinner, $30 available soon.   Info:  Maureen Richardson

More details anon.

QuickLinx:  • Borrowdale Exchange (a mixer in circles of 3 couples)  • Joie de Vivre  • The Piper & The Penguin  • Slytherin HouseShetland Shepherdess   • Madame Pipeau (medley)  • Trip To Timber Ridge  ~INTERVAL~  • The Flying Scotsman   • The Kissing Bridge  • Miss Gibson’s Strathspey •  Loki’s Dance   
• Mathilde Is A Delight  •  Reel of the 51st Division   
~EXTRAS~  • St Andrew’s Fair   • The Lass of Richmond Hill

Saturday, May 11 -  West Toronto Ball

At Sala Caboto. Music by Scotch Mist

Join us for the 50th Annual “Beginners’ Ball”. The dances are do-able, the food is great, the room is beautiful, the atmosphere is electric. What more could a dancer ask for?

2019-West-Toronto-Ball-Briefs.pdf   |    2019-West-Toronto-Ball-Tickets.pdf

QuickLinx:  •  EH3 7AF  •  Fair Donald  •  The Piper & The Penguin  •  The Silver Tassie 
• The Laird of Milton’s  Daughter  •  Flowers of Edinburgh  •   Catch The Wind  •  Jean Martin of Aberdeen  • Jubilee Jig  •   Swansea Strathspey  •  Australian Ladies  •  Luckenbooth Brooch  •  Neidpath Castle  •  Maxwell's Rant  • Postie's Jig  •  Reel Of The Royal Scots

Tuesday, May 14 -  Calvin’s Spring Dance

Calvin SCD Group invites all dancers to join our Spring Celebration at our last dance of the season,
with the wonderful music of Don Bartlett on piano.

Your $10 entry fee includes light refreshments at the interval.

Contact Nancy Stokes 416.425-2195 or Mary Baldwin 416.485-8280 

Tickets $10 at the door. Dancing starts at 7:30.   

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue (Yonge and St. Clair) 

Wednesday, May 15 -  Glenview’s Spring Dance

Que les fleurs poussent! (May the flowers grow!), may the people poussette. 

Come join the Glenview dancers for a celebration of spring. Dance to the live music of Fred Moyes. 

Everyone welcome. 

Tickets $15 at the door. Dancing starts at 7:30.  Refreshments following dancing. 

Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave.  Info: glenviewscdg.org  

Wednesday, May 22 -  St Andrew’s of Brampton Spring Dance

St Andrew’s of Brampton invites you to our traditional spring dance.  

Come and dance on a great wooden floor!  
Programme will be posted here.  

Cost is $8 at the door.  Refreshments follow dancing.

7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Church, 44 Church St E., Brampton <map>

Info: Ann Campbell

Tuesday evenings in June (4, 11, 18, 25)Dancing In The Park

Come and join the fun at Edwards Gardens! Every Tuesday evening in June, weather permitting.
Each evening features at least two audience participation dances. Give it a go, or just enjoy the music, and spectacle.

See you in June, Tuesday evenings 7pm - dusk

The Programme: ~ To come, but meanwhile, here’s:

2019-Dancing-in-the-Park-Week-1-instructions.pdf    2019-Dancing-in-the-Park-Week-2-instructions.pdf  

2019-Dancing-in-the-Park-Week-3-instructions.pdf    2019-Dancing-in-the-Park-Week-4-instructions.pdf

Saturday, May 25 -  Oakville Spring Dance

The Oakville Scottish Dance Group invites you to our Spring Dance. 
Music and dancing to Don Bartlett and Jim Darge

Doors open at 7pm; dancing at 7:30. 

Tickets are $15, plus a contribution of finger food for intermission.
Available from Alicia Manson and Wendy Stirrat 905.338-0711

At the Bronte Legion, Jones Street, Oakville

Download: 2019-Oakville-Spring-Dance.pdf

Sunday, June 9 -  White Heather Ball

Dancing will be from 2 - 5 pm, followed by our usual dinner.

Ticket prices are $75 pp for dancing & dinner, $40 pp for dancing only and $40 pp for non-dancers (dinner only). 

Info:  Alan Graham

Saturday, July 20 -  42nd Annual Orillia Scottish Festival

Dancers of all ages are invited to join in the mass dancing of the Opening Ceremonies and to promote Scottish Country Dancing. Sign up as a 4-couple set representing your dance group or come on your own. Individual dancers will be matched up to form sets (if enough numbers).

We’ll dance three short, simple dances. A free CD of the music will be available for your group to practice.

Parade at noon. Opening Ceremonies at 1:30pm.

Your group is invited to perform selected demos, and audience participation dances in the lake-side Pavilion. (2-4pm)       

The Scottish Festival Committee hosts a ceilidh at the local Legion Branch 34, Friday July 20th from 6-12pm. For tickets call 705-487-5868.

On Sunday the 22nd there is a wee afternoon party bash at the Royal Canadian Legion with live entertainment – FREE!

Info: Will Kinghorn

September 20 & 21The Keppies are Coming!

Save the dates: 

Renowned Nova Scotians, Maggie & Duncan Keppie are visiting the Toronto area,
a sort of Haliburton reunion, CD launch, and Last Chance Tour.

It has been 10 years since the fun workshops with Duncan and Maggie at the Haliburton School of the Arts. So, it seems time to re-visit the delightful challenge of various Keppie formation and dance ideas. This ceilidh is designed for dancers (intermediate and advanced) AND those who would like attend but not dance.

Details and ticket info:  2019-KEPPIE-CEILIDH.pdf 

A glimpse at the new CD:  Celtic-Airs-CD-poster.pdf

Events to be held at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga <map>