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June 29 - Aug 3 -  Summer Dancing at Trinity 

Summer dancing in beautiful, breezy Seeley Hall is a Toronto Tradition.

Each week features a different Guest Teacher or teacher in training:

June 22.......Arlene Koteff
June 29.......Colin Campbell
July 6.........Jean Noble
July 13........Tony Szeto  :   2017-Tony-Szeto's-programme-for-Trinity-July-13.pdf
July 20........Andrew Collins
July 27........Moira Korus
Aug 3..........Gordon Hayburn

The atmosphere is casual; all are welcome.

8:00-10:00pm at Seeley Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Avenue < map >.

Trinity is a brief walk from either Museum and St George subway stations.
Metered street parking on Hoskin and Devonshire; or the Trinity carpark just south of Varsity Stadium.

July 15 -  40th Annual Orillia Scottish Festival 

Dancers of all ages are invited to dance in the Opening Ceremonies of this joyful event. The three short, simple dances are easy for the learner dancer and grass-friendly. Sign up as a 4-couple set representing your social group and receive an honorarium, or come on your own and be matched up to form two-couple sets. After receiving the applause of our several thousand spectators you are free to explore the delights of the festival grounds.

Parade 12 p.m. Opening Ceremonies 1:30

Pavilion dances adjacent to Lake Couchiching will be a mixture of communal dances and demo dances from each group. (2-4 p.m.).

RSVP to Will Kinghorn 705 259 3232, freshstart.wk@gmail.com 

A Friday evening ceilidh hosted by the Scottish festival committee at the local Legion will be held 14th July, 6-12 p.m. For tickets  call 705 487 5868. 

Sunday evening: wee party bash (free) at the Royal Canadian Legion with live entertainment.

To register or for more info:  Will Kinghorn 705 259 3232, freshstart.wk@gmail.com.

Downloads:  2017-July-15-Orillia-Scottish-Festival-Dancers'-flyer.pdf    Festival brochure:  2017-Orillia-Festival-brochure.pdf

Thursday, Aug 24 -  Dance Dufferin Grove

All are welcome to this eighth annual Dance Dufferin Grove outreach event. It’s a great night to attract new dancers and to spend time in one of Toronto’s most community-oriented and busiest downtown parks.

The park is one block south of Bloor and Dufferin, a quick 5 minute walk from the Dufferin subway station. For drivers there is free parking at the Dufferin Mall located just across the street.

<Map to Dufferin Grove Park> 

We dance on the grass in the northwest corner, adjacent to the park building.

Keith and Deirdre Bark will play recorded music and brief a set of easy, fun dances aimed at crowd participation. Note that since this is an out- reach event there is no fee.

The dance coincides with the weekly Organic Farmers Market which ends at 7pm so come early and pick up some fresh organic produce. There are also vendors selling snacks and drinks.

6:30 p.m. to sunset (around 8 p.m.)    Download2017 Dufferin-Grove-briefs.pdf

September 10 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins

Shiftin’ Bobbins meets one Sunday afternoon a month in central Toronto. Each session a different guest MC will feature dances not often seen elsewhere for those already comfortable with the more complex RSCDS formations and able to participate with minimal instruction.

We welcome Alicia Manson from Oakville to this season opener class.

Additional dates: Oct 15, Nov 18 (St Andrew’s Dance), Jan 21, March 11, April 8.

For Membership and other information, visit the Shiftin’ Bobbins website.

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

Saturday, Sept 30 -  Culture Days Drop-in Ceilidh 


This is part of a cross-Canada celebration of different cultures.
We will dance easy-peasy, lots of fun, ceilidh dances.

This is a great way to experience a taste of Scottish social dance. You can drop in, have a nibble of Scottish nosh, have a dance or two and be on your way with something to think about. We hope you will think about Scottish country dance lessons, right here at Eastminster Thursday evenings.

You do not need a partner, we change partners every dance anyway.
You should be fit, this is good aerobic exercise. It can be a mental challenge, too, but today’s programme will be easy-peasy.

1:00 ~ 3:30 at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue
(3 blocks E of Broadview; 1 block W of Chester Station)

October 21 -  Calvin’s 60th Anniversary Dance 

On this date, 60 years ago, the first SCD class at Calvin Presbyterian Church was held.
We’re having a party to celebrate these six decades of dancing and you are invited.

Don Bartlett will play piano for dances collected over 60 years -- balls with Trinity, Calvin favourites, and popular new dances.

There will be snacks and, of course, birthday cake!

For only $15 all this fun and extravagance is yours! 

1:30 - 4:30pm at Calvin Presbyterian, 26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto (Yonge & St Clair) <map>

To reserve tickets, please email Vicky Zeltins at dancescottishwithvicky@gmail.com

Saturday, October 28 -  Family Ceilidh and Pizza Party 

Our popular Family Ceilidh is back! 

All ages are welcome to join this afternoon of ceilidh dance fun followed by a pizza supper.

Entry is $6/person but under 5s are free, and there is a family limit of $18 max.  More details as they are developed.

Come ready to dance with soft shoes and cool garb -- you will heat up with dancing!

4:30pm - 6:30 at St Leonard’s Church Hall, 25 Wanless Ave. (very near Yonge & Lawrence, just north of Lawrence Station)  <map>

November 11 -  The Toronto Workshop 

We are pleased to confirm that we shall once again workshop in the beautiful Athletic & Wellness Centre of Branksome Hall.

Our teachers this year will be jovial Jim Stott of Aberdeen (current director of Summer School at St Andrews); Marion Hamilton of Kanata, who took most of her Teaching Certificate training in Toronto; and Maureen Richardson, well known to Toronto dancers.

More details on the website workshop page

Now accepting applications:  2017-Toronto-Workshop-brochure.pdf

November 11 -  The Toronto Workshop Afternoon Dance 

This afternoon dance is part of the total Workshop package, but. . .
You are welcome to come just for the dance!  
Or. . . come for lunch, one class, and the Afternoon Dance.
(details on the brochure)

Dancing begins at 2:30 and goes to 5:00. We will dance in the magnificent elevated gymnasium of the new Branksome Hall Athletic & Wellness Centre. The hall has an engineered wood floor and you will enjoy the glass wall overlooking picturesque Rosedale.

We’ll have great music by Scotch Mist. All dances will be walked, except for two.

The Programme:  A Trip To Glasgow  •  The Music Makars  •  May Yarker's Strathspey  •  Blooms Of Bon Accord  •  Midsummer Common  •  The Zoologist  •  Interval  •  Blue Bonnets  •  St Andrews Links  •  The Peat Road  •  Coats Land  •  Margaret Parker's  Strathspey  •  General Stuart's Reel  •  Extra  •  The Duran Ranger

Briefs will be posted in August.

November 18 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins’ St Andrew’s Celebration Dance

Come dance at our 4th Annual St Andrew’s Celebration Dance (music by Scotch Mist).

Non-members $25. All  tickets must be reserved in advance either via the Shiftin’ Bobbins website "contact us" tab: or by email to shiftinbobbins@gmail.com

Cut off date is Nov 10, 2017.

Additional dates: Jan 21, March 11, April 8.

For Membership and other information, visit the Shiftin’ Bobbins website.

8 pm - 11:00 at Grace Church-On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road  (Forest Hill Village) <map>

November 25 -  RSCDS Toronto’s 60th Anniversary Dance 

Save the date!  RSCSD Toronto celebrates our Diamond Anniversary year with a gala dance at beautiful Sala Caboto Ball room. We’ll have a Guest of Honour, Andrew Kellett, the Chair Elect of the Society.

We’ll have the great music of Scotch Mist and delicious catered snacks. It will be a great dance party!

Reception at 6:00; Dancing begins at 7:00

$60 for Members; half price for Youth.

The Programme:   A Trip To Crinan  •  The Peat Road (a.k.a. The 50th Tartan Ball Reel)  • Mrs Hamilton of Eaglemount  •  St. Andrew’s of Brampton  •  Michelle Depledge of Preston  •  The Dancing Bells  •  The Scottish Accent Reel  •  The Spirit of the Dance  •  Linton Ploughman  •  St. Andrew’s Links  •  Bea's Delight  •  The Chequered Court  •  Tweedbridge Court  •  The White Heather Jig  •  Bedrule  •  Davy Nick Nack  •  Extras:  •  The Merry Dancers  •  West’s Hornpipe  •  Neidpath Castle

Sunday, November 26 -  Tea and Chat with Andrew Kellett 

This event, in the comfortable confines of Rosedale United Church (NOT Rosedale Presbyterian!) will give members of RSCDS Toronto a chance to hear from, to talk with, and to ask questions of Andrew Kellett, Chair-elect of RSCDS. 

Details closer to the date.

2 p.m. - 5:00  Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Dr.  <map>