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Sept 17 - Oct 1 -  The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry — Telling Tales To Scotland 

The Scottish Diaspora’s tales are embroidered in works of community art that portray Scottish influence on countries around the world. Each panel tells its story in beautiful, imaginative pictorial style. A subset of the 305 completed panels from 34 countries will be on display in Toronto.

An accompanying exhibition booklet tells the story or history depicted by each panel.

Toronto host for this exhibit is St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough <map>

Host: Dr Bruce McCowan and St Andrew's Church

Meanwhile, visit the Tapestry website (where you can download the booklet).


Sept 26 & 29 -  Beginner Classes continue/begin  

Your life is about to change. . .  Beginner classes bring you into the exciting world of Scottish country dance — social dancing; Scottish style. Worldwide fun. No partner needed.

Three locations:

  1. North Toronto (Yonge & Lawrence): Started Sept 19
    • Aurora: Started Sept 19

  2. Central Toronto (the Danforth): Begins Sept 29

Click for complete info.



Oct 1 -  Culture Days Outreach: 1:30 - 4:00 at Eastminster  

We all know how much fun we get from Scottish country dance. Here’s a chance to introduce a new constituency to our beloved pasttime, and to celebrate the Scottish dance aspect of multiculturalism. Culture Days is a cross-Canada celebration.

Keith and Deirdre Bark will lead ceilidh dances, and some SCD favs, in the auditorium at Eastminster Church. Meanwhile, a piper and dance greeters will draw in innocent passers-by from the busy foot traffic on Danforth. 

Dancers are invited to come and be cheerful helpers.
Contact
Sue Ann Bryce for info and opportunities to contribute. 

1:30 - 4:00pm at Eastminster United Church. Click for complete info.

Note: Due to construction at Eastminster Church’s side door, use the back door, at the corner of Jackman & Hurndale. You may be able to enter the front door on Danforth and walk through the sanctuary but there’s a good chance the choir director will make you sing.


Garage Sale in Support of SCD Youth  

DEFERRED UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING DUE TO FORECAST RAIN

This irregularly occurring garage sale raises money for Scottish Country Dance Youth, and has supported young people who could not otherwise afford lessons, workshops, balls, etc. We have a lot of good “stuff” donated by dancers and friends.

Saturday morning. . . Rob & Teresa Lockhart’s driveway at 18 Stellarton Road, Scarborough <map>


Oct 2 -  Shiftin‘ Bobbins with Claire Collier 

This advanced level group meets one Sunday a month under a different teacher in central Toronto. Programs are devised highlighting dances not usually seen elsewhere to provide a challenge for dancers already comfortable  with the more complex RSCDS formations.

This Sunday we welcome Claire Collier from Buffalo who will share her renowned enthusiasm and a variety of dances so often enjoyed at the “White Cockade”.

2:00-4:00 pm at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Downloads:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf



Saturday, Oct 15 -  Family Ceilidh 

This event is for children, families, and all beginner and other dancers.  Dancing from 4-6 with pizza served at 6pm.  All ages are welcome. 

Under 5s are free and families up to 4 people are $15.  Individuals are $5. 

The venue is St Leonards Parish Hall, 25 Wanless Avenue (just off Yonge Street just north of Lawrence subway station).


Sunday, Oct 16 -  TATA Book 50 Workshop for Teachers 

This gathering is for Toronto Area Teachers and teacher wannabes to examine, dance, and address the tricky bits and teaching points of the new Book 50 dances.

2:00 - 5:00pm at Westway United Church, 8 Templar Drive, Etobicoke  <map>

Info? Questions?  Contact Deirdre MacCuish Bark 905.822-1707


Oct 22 -  St Andrew’s of Brampton 50th Anniversary Dance 

Marjorie Coulter (recently deceased) started a dance group in Brampton on November 7, 1966. We have been dancing for half a century since!  We hope you will come and help us celebrate our 50th birthday.  

We will dance at the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre, 125 McLaughlin Road north, Brampton <map>.  

The dance will begin at 7:30pm and we’ll have music by Laird Brown and Don Wood.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

The programme, with Instructions and video links is posted on our website:

http://www.maloneys.ca/SAB/50thanniversarydance.html 

More info:  Ann Campbell  (905) 459-5213



Oct 28 - 29 - A Reel Scottish Weekend in North Carolina   >>> info here >>>


Nov 4 - 6 - Kingston Branch 50th Anniversary Weekend Workshop & Ball   >>> info here >>>


Nov 11 -  An evening of social dance with Linda Henderson 

Linda Henderson of San Francisco Branch is in town for the Workshop and she has graciously agreed to lead an evening of social dance the evening prior.

This evening will not be about skill and finesse (that’s Saturday’s task), it’s about relaxed dancing fun led by an experienced, witty teacher.

7:30 to 9:30pm at St John’s United Church, 2 Nobert Rd, Toronto <map>.  $6 at the door.


Nov 12 -  The Toronto Workshop & Afternoon Dance 

This year we welcome three accomplished teachers to the Toronto Workshop: Linda Henderson of San Francisco Branch, Alicia Manson of Oakville, and Vicky Zeltins of Toronto.

Visit the Workshop page for teacher bios and other information.

Our wonderful new location is Branksome Hall school for girls near Bloor and Mt Pleasant. More specifically, we’ll dance in Branksome’s spiffy new Athletic and Wellness Centre, with a spacious and light filled gym that will delight you.

Later that afternoon, the gym will host an afternoon dance with music by Scotch Mist.

Cost is the same as last year -- i.e. $90 for workshop and afternoon dance.

Sign up online, or download 2016-Toronto-Workshop-brochure.pdf to fill out and mail in.

The afternoon dance program:  2016-November-Workshop-Dance-briefs.pdf -- (this file has links to video of the dances).

2016-Nov-12-Dance-Instructions.pdf


Nov 12 - 13 - 44th Annual Jeannine Carmichael Ball & Brunch, West Point NY   >>> info here >>>


Nov 25 - 27 - RSCDS Lyon Winter Weekend, France   >>> info here >>>


Nov 17 -  Level 3 Class begins  

The Level 3 (Advanced) classes build on the skill base of the dancers.  New formations and dances of more complexity in their combination of patterns challenge the more experienced dancer.

Teacher, Fiona Philip, was raised in a dancing family and we don’t often get to experience her teaching excellence. Don’t miss this opportunity.  

7:30 - 9:30pm at Eastminster United Church. Click for complete info.

Note: Due to on-going construction at the Eastminster Church side door, use the back door of the church, at the corner of Jackman & Hurndale. You may be able to enter the front door on Danforth and walk through the sanctuary but there’s a good chance the choir director will make you sing.


Nov 19 -  St Andrew’s Charity Ball 

Jointly hosted by St Andrew’s Society of Toronto and the 48th Highlanders, this exuberant celebration of Scottish dance and culture has been a Toronto tradition for generations. Proceeds of the ball go to worthy charity projects and you receive an income tax receipt for a portion of your ticket cost.

At the ball, in the Canadian Room of the Royal York, you’ll have a typical Scottish meal, and enjoy dancing to the Pipes & Drums of the 48th Highlanders. If dancing to the pipes is new to you you’ll find it an exhilarating experience, and a wee bit tricky until you get used to it.

The dances are ceilidh favourites such as Strip The Willow and The Eightsome Reel.
Pre-ball practices are held Tuesday eveningsNov 1, 8, 15 at Moss Park Armoury (and sometimes free whisky is on offer).

Info and Tickets:  www.standrews-society.ca  (the website is under repair; visit St Andrew’s Society on Facebook for up-to-date info.


Nov 26 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins’ St Andrew’s Celebration 

Join us for the 3rd Annual St Andrew’s Celebration Dance with music by Scotch Mist.

MCs: Donalda McDonald,  Moira Korus, Claire Collier, Alicia Manson, Maureen Richardson, and Jean Hamilton.

$20 for members; $25 non members.  Tickets must be reserved and pre-paid. Contact:

At Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Download:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf

Download:  2016-shiftin-bobbins-st-andrew's-dance.pdf


Dec 10 -  December “Family Christmas” Dance 

Always the most fun night of the year. . . 7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Live music by Scotch Mist.


Dec 13 -  Calvin Christmas Dance 

Calvin SCD group invites all dancers to join our holiday celebration.
Come and dance to the wonderful music of Don Bartlett on piano.

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

Contact Nancy Stokes (416) 425-2195 naristo@rogers.com or
Mary Baldwin (416) 485-8280 
mbaldwin456@hotmail.com

7:30 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue (one block north of St. Clair, west off Yonge) <map>

Park at the Green-P next to the church, or walk 5-minutes from the St Clair subway station.


Dec 18 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Moira Korus and Donalda McDonald 

This advanced level group meets one Sunday a month under a different teacher in central Toronto. Programs are devised highlighting dances not usually seen elsewhere to provide a challenge for dancers already comfortable  with the more complex RSCDS formations.

This Sunday we welcome Moira Korus and Donalda McDonald who will lead an ‘open house” welcoming newer dancers to practice dances from the Glenview SCD Hogmanay program.

2:00-4:00 pm at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

More info: shiftinbobbins.webs.com

Download:  2016-Shiftin'-Bobbins-overvu.pdf


Jan 14 -  January Monthly Dance 

Dance away the holiday hangover. . . 8pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.


Feb 17 - 19 - Aloha Winter Weekend in Hawaii   >>> info here >>>


Feb 18 -  The 54th Tartan Ball 

Memories will be made. . . 5pm - the wee hours in the beautiful Concert Hall of at the Royal York Hotel. Music by Scotch Mist.


March 11 -  March Monthly Dance “Beginners’ Night” 

Okay. . . maybe *this* is the most fun night of the year. . . 7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Scotch Mist.


Apr 7 - 9 - RSCDS Lyon Spring Weekend, France   >>> info here >>>


Apr 7 - 9 - Guernsey Scottish Dance Weekend, C.I.   >>> info here >>>


April 8 -  April Monthly Dance (Volunteer Appreciation Night) 

Volunteers are payment optional for this evening. . . 7:00pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Scotch Mist.


April 29 -  RSCDS Toronto’s AGM and Dance 

Dance, discuss, dance some more. . . 7:30pm - 11pm at Crescent School <map>. Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs