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Saturday, Four dates:  Feb 1, 8, 22, 29Scottish Step Classes at Rosedale

Alma Smith will teach this traditional, very graceful, Scottish dance genre.
Scottish Step (formerly known as Ladies’ Step) combines elements of
Scottish Country dance, Ballet, and Highland dance.


Four Saturdays in February noon to 1:15 at
Rosedale Presbyterian Church, South Drive at Mt Pleasant <map>

Info:  Moira Korus  647.378-5753

Saturday, Feb 8South Simcoe’s Valentine Workshop & Tea Dance

This year’s teachers are Arlene Koteff and Colin Campbell,
with LIVE MUSIC provided by Laird Brown and Don Wood!

Enjoy a full day of dance and sustenance; refreshments,
2 workshop sessions, lunch, tea dance & treats!  $50

Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants! Carpool to Alliston for this Valentine treat!

2020-Valentine-Workshop-Registration‌.pdf     2020-Valentine-Workshop-Briefs+video.pdf

Lower Level, Knox Church, 160 King Street South, Alliston   <map>

Instructor: Maureen Richardson  905.939-2712      |    Contact:  SCDAlliston@gmail.com

Join us on Facebook: South-Simcoe-Scottish-Country-Dancing

Saturday, Feb 8Songs From A Celtic Heart

Join us for the Amadeus Choir’s annual fundraiser.  The choir will perform well-loved pieces from the Celtic Isles and Canada’s East Coast. We are thrilled to be joined by special guests, Octava Vocal Ensemble.

There will also be an auction, fun games, cash bar, and light refreshments.

Two shows (2 pm and 7 pm) at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto (DVP/Lawrence)

Tickets:  www.amadeuschoir.com or call 416.446-0188.

All proceeds support the artistic initiatives of the Amadeus Choir.

[A number of our dancers sing in this choir. You may also recognize the piper.]

Saturday, Feb 8The Great Canadian Kilt Skate

This year's Kilt Skate is indoors, at the Coca-Cola Coliseum, on Manitoba Avenue (CNE grounds). The event includes a Marlies hockey game against the Rochester Americans.

The day starts at 12:30pm with a 1-hour skate, with music and demonstrations of Scottish culture. At 1:30pm you’re on your own for about 2.5 hours — there are many pubs, and dining options within a 10-minute walk. The Marlies game starts at 4:00pm, but be back at the arena for 3:30pm to find your seat in time for face off.

During both the Kilt Skate and the Marlies game there will be opportunity to connect with Scottish Clans and Societies. The event is sponsored by the St Andrew’s Society of Toronto.

Get your kilt on and come skate with us before watching the Toronto Marlies play live.

Tickets are $10 and include the skate (12.30pm-1.30pm) and the game (4pm).

Tickets on sale ‘til Saturday, February 1st. Tickets and event info

Saturday, Feb 15 -  57th Annual Tartan Ball

Dance the great Tartan Ball tradition!

This glamorous formal ball will be reconvened at The Old Mill Inn, Toronto.

The various social groups have been teaching the Ball dances and special practices
are now posted (see top of page)

Registration is open

  1. Programme, by Andrew Collins:  • EH3 7AF  • The Cabrach  • The Highlandman's Umbrella  • City Lights  • Gang the Same Gate  • Starlight  ~Interval~  • The Edinburgh Toy Shop  • Ice Crystals  • Polharrow Burn  • Green Grow the Rashes  • The Inimitable Derek  ~Interval~  • The Wild Geese  • The Orchards of County Armagh  • Over the Water to Charlie  • The Banks of Clyde  • The Reel of the Royal Scots   Extras:  • Flowers of Edinburgh  • Sandy O'er the Lea  • Miss Allie Anderson

  2. Downloads: 2020-Tartan-Ball-cribs+video.pdf 
    2020-Tartan-Ball-Dance-Instructions.pdf      2020-Tartan-Ball-diagrammes.pdf

Thursday, Feb 27 -  New Millennials Classes begin

A new series of Thursday night Classes for Millennials will lead up
to the March Beginners’ Night dance, and SpringFling2002.

Complete info on the Millennials page.

Saturday, March 21 -  March Beginners’ Night Dance

Another of the best nights of the year. [We have so many!]

After 10 weeks of lessons at Eastminster and St Leonard’s beginner dancers taught by Keith Bark and May Divers are ready for their début. The beginners will be nervous. . . BUT they will be wearing special ribbons so experienced dancers can make a point of cheerfully and graciously asking them to dance. For many, it will be their first experience of live music and a big crowd. It will be thrilling and fun for all!

At Crescent School, 2365 Bayview Avenue   <map>

7:30 - 10:30pm (starts promptly) (and out by 11:00)  

Programme, by Andrew Collins: • Cabbages and Kings   • Wisp Of Thistle   • Loch Ness Monster Reel   • St Andrew's Fair   • A Man's A Man For A' That (Wilson)   • Flowers Of Edinburgh   ~Interval~  • Bethankit   • Delvine Side   • Craigleith   • Laggan Bay   • Minister On The Loch   • Deil Amang The Tailors   Extra:  • Come Under My Plaidie

Downloads: 2020-March-Beginners-Dance-briefs+video.pdf

Saturday, March 28 -  West End Workshop and Tea Dance

Head 'west' for a day of dancing fun!

Time: 8:45am to 5:30pm

Tea Dance at 3pm, followed by tea & treats

Main venue: historic Clarke Memorial Hall in Port Credit

161 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga, L5H 1G3

Teachers: David Queen (Cheshire, Eng.), Marion Hamilton (Ottawa) and May Divers (Toronto). Teacher bios

Musicians: Don Bartlett, Blair Mackenzie, Laird Brown and Don Wood

Cost: Full day Workshop incl. lunch plus Tea Dance incl. afternoon tea is $75    |    Youth (14-24): $35     |     Only the Tea Dance & tea: $20 

Parking available in the vicinity.  Venue accessible by Go Train to Clarkson Station plus short bus ride along Lakeshore. Check with Mississauga Transit for details.

Registration info and form will be posted here when available.  

Two class levels:  Basic/Intermediate  or  Intermediate/Advanced

Download: 2020-West-End-Workshop-Tea-Dance-Briefs+video.pdf

Sunday, March 29 -  Teachers’ Workshop with David Queen

Place:  Clarke Hall in Port Credit (Mississauga)

Doors open 1:30     |    Class Time: 2:00 - 4:00

Teacher: David Queen    |    Musician: Don Bartlett

Sunday, March 29 -  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 from Toronto will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00

Parish Hall
Grace Church-on-the-Hill,
300 Lonsdale Road at Russell Hill, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Saturday, April 25 -  AGM and April Volunteer Appreciation Dance

This year we shall dance the winning programme in
the Devise-A-Dance-Programme competition.

At Crescent School, 2365 Bayview Avenue   <map>

Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs

NEW TIME:   7:00pm - 10:30 (and out by 11:00)

Sunday, April 26 -  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, our season closer meeting, Lou Emslie from Guelph will share dances to enjoy.

2 pm to 4:00,  Parish Hall, Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road at Russell Hill, Toronto

Info:  https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Friday, May 1Bluebell Spring Dance and Light Supper

South Simcoe Scottish Country Dancing invites you to enjoy an evening of dance inspired by spring,
followed by an indulgent light supper for only $10!

LIVE MUSIC provided by Laird Brown and Don Wood

Knox Church, 160 King Street South, Alliston <map>

Dancing starts at 7:30 pm! Carpool to Alliston and dance the night away!

Dance programme coming soon!

Questions?:  SCDAlliston@gmail.com

Saturday, May 9 -  51st West Toronto Ball

Save the date.

Come Reel at our 51st Anniversary West Toronto Ball. 
Held at the beautiful Sala Caboto in Villa Colombo, 40 Playfair Ave, Toronto. 

Music by Scotch Mist. 

Free parking. 

Dance programme and additional details closer to the date. 

Info: Keith Wallace 

May 15-17Spring Fling 2020:  Toronto ~ Dance Adventure for 12-35 yr-olds

Each year the Society mounts a special Spring Fling festival for young dancers (12-35),
typically in some exotic location worldwide (e.g., London, Bonn, Glasgow, Paris...).

In 2020, Spring Fling is spreading it’s wings — it will be in TWO exotic locations:
Toronto, and St Petersburg, Russia.

Toronto Teachers:
• Gary Coull (Scotland)
• Linda Henderson (California)
• Fiona Philip (Toronto)

Details are now well advanced. Check these websites for info and booking:  • Spring Fling Toronto 

Meanwhile, join the Spring Fling Toronto Facebook Group. What’s a SpringFling?  see Spring Fling 2019 in Paris.

Typically, (and still under development) there is an accompanying Spring Fringe for adults, e.g. Paris Spring Fringe website

Download a printable reminder to stick on your fridge or calendar:  SpringFling portrait poster.pdf