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Thursday, Nov 15 -  Level 3 (Advanced) Classes with Moira Korus

This 5-week series of classes build on the skill base of the dancers. Formations and dances of more complexity are introduced to challenge the more experienced dancer.

Teacher, Moira Korus learned Scottish country dance as a child in Edinburgh, and attained her full certificate in 2006. Moira teaches the Rosedale Children’s Group and the Glenview social group. She also instituted, and taught, the DAA (Dancing Achievement Award) programme in Toronto. Moira is popular on the SCD workshop circuit.   

Eastminster Church <map> is at 310 Danforth Ave. one block west of Chester station.
Enter by the new side door and go upstairs to the Auditorium.

Note:  On Nov 22 the class is downstairs in the gymnasium.

Contact Catherine MacLean 416.996-1136   Class Rep: Anne Bishop  647.234-4631

Saturday, November 24  -  St Andrew’s Charity Ball 

Our friends at the St Andrew’s Society of Toronto and the 48th Highlanders host this exuberant celebration
of Scots dance and culture at the Royal York Hotel. It’s been a Toronto tradition for generations.

You’ll have a typical Scottish meal, and enjoy dancing to the Pipes & Drums of the 48th Highlanders.

The dances are ceilidh favourites such as the Eightsome Reel, and there are free lessons at Moss Park Armoury.

Info and tickets:  www.standrews-society.ca

Free Ball Practice Sessions, 8-10pm at Moss Park Armoury, 130 Queen Street East <map>:

  1. Nov 13  • Nov 16   • Nov 20 

  2. Extra Practice Session: Sat, Nov 17, 2:00-4:00pm at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Avenue <map>

Saturday, November 24  -  Shiftin’ Bobbins’ St Andrew’s Celebration Dance 

SOLD OUT ~ Shiftin' Bobbins’ 5th Annual St Andrew's Night Celebration Dance and "bring and share buffet"
with live music by "Scotch Mist".

MCs: Barbara Taylor, Moira Korus, Arlene Koteff, Donalda McDonald, Maureen Richardson,
Alicia Manson, and Claire Collier

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

There may be rush tickets available for $35 ~ email shiftinbobbins@gmail.com

Download Programme:  St-Andrews-celebration-Nov-24-2018.pdf  

Sunday, November 25  -  Auld Acquaintance Tea & Chat 

Do your frailties keep you from dancing?  Do knees or hips keep you off the floor?

Do you miss the music and camaraderie of SCD? If so, this “non-dance” for older dancers may be for you.  Music provided by Keith and Deirdre Bark (who still dance!)

Admission: $6 — plus a plate of finger food.

Provided:  Tea and Coffee.

Parking:  Free, in the church parking lot.

Programme:   mingle, chat, light food, and – if the company wishes – a walk-dance or two.

Contact: Ian McHaffie 905.846-0567.

2-4pm at Holy Family Church, 10446 Kennedy Rd N, Brampton, L6Z 0A7 <map>

Saturday, Dec 1 -  Family Christmas December Monthly Dance

The most fun night of the year. Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

All dances will be briefed and walked.

7:30pm (starts promptly) at Crescent School




QuickLinx:  • Ferry Louper  • Green Dragon  • Birks of Invermay  • Maids of Currie  • Mathilde is a Delight  • White Cockade  • Tattie Bogle  • Domino Five  • Aging Gracefully  • Miss Hadden’s Reel  • Fair Donald  • Reel of the 51st    EXTRA: •  Flying Scotsman

Saturday, Dec 1 -  Hamilton’s Christmas Dance

Come and join us for an evening of friendship and fine food,
before dancing to the wonderful music of Laird Brown and Don Wood.

At Johnson Hall, McNabb Presbyterian Church

7:00pm - 11:00

Download Application and Programme:  2018-Hamilton-Branch-Christmas-Flyer.pdf

More info:  www.rscdshamilton.org

Sunday, Dec 9 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins with Alma Smith 

Alma Smith “the Geordie Angel of the North” will MC our final session of 2018,
featuring dances with a Newcastle-upon-Tyne flavour. 

All are welcome. Full details and the programme may be found at: https://shiftinbobbins.webs.com

2 pm to 4:00

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

Tuesday, Dec 11 -  Calvin Christmas Dance

Calvin SCD Group invites all dancers to join our Christmas party.

We’ll have wonderful live music from Don Bartlett on piano.

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

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

Contacts:  Nancy Stokes 416.425-2195   or   Mary Baldwin 416.485-8280

Wednesday, Dec 12 -  Glenview Christmas Dance

Have you ever wondered how Santa stays fit enough to do his job?  He Scottish dances of course. 

Come get into the holiday spirit dancing to the music of The Scottish Heirs Duo (Don Bartlett & Jimmy Darge). 

Refreshments to follow provided by members of Glenview. $15 at the door. 

7:30pm at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Avenue <map>

Glenview website

Saturday, Dec 16 -  Glenview’s Hogmanay Dance Practice 

Shiftin' Bobbins is hosting a practice, led by Moira Korus,
for Glenview's Hogmanay Dance. 

2pm to 4:00

The Gymnasium, Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Russell Hill Road at Lonsdale

(back of church, off Russell Hill Road, downstairs) Info: Valerie Fisher

Monday, Dec 21 -  John McDermott Family Christmas

John McDermott is a legend. His work in support of veterans has touched members of the SCD community. He supports many good causes with his Family Christmas concerts and he puts on a wonderful, fun, moving programme. His special guests, Dala, weave amazing harmonies.

Also, expect the unexpected. Last year, a brilliant fiddler from Ireland, was joined by the tallest, skinniest, funniest leprechaun you ever saw. When the fiddler lamented her moral lapse at sharing the leprechaun’s last bottle of fine wine with friends, his rejoinder was, “Sometimes it’s okay to do the wrong thing -- if you do it at the right time.”

7pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St (just N of St Clair) <map>

Ticket Info:  $30 at the door

Monday, Dec 31 -  Glenview Hogmanay Dance and Ceilidh

Start 2019 off on the right foot (unless you are a man doing a poussette,
in which case please start on your left foot). 

Join your friends for an evening of dancing to Scotch Mist. 

Bring and share refreshments at the end of dancing prior to midnight,

followed by a ceilidh after midnight.

$30 tickets to be purchased in advance from Valerie Fisher 

Glenview website

2019: Saturday, Jan 5 -  January Monthly Dance

Music by Scotch Mist.

These two dances briefed only:   Lea Rig  and  Sandy’s Scotch Broth

Download:  2019-Jan-5-Monthly-Dance-cribs+video-links.pdf    |    2019-Jan-05-Dance-Instructions.pdf

QuickLinx:  New Year Jig  • Lea Rig  • Fife Hunt  • Remparts de Séville  • Paisley Weavers  • Scotia Sea  • Twa Rogueish E’en  • Glasgow Highlanders  • Royal Deeside Railway  • Lincoln Imp  • Sandy’s Scotch Broth  • Orpington Caledonians  EXTRA:  Joie de Vivre

2019: Sunday, Jan 20 -  Shiftin’ Bobbins goes Highland

“and now for something completely different” — Shiftin’ Bobbins goes Highland!

Donald Holmes joins the group for this session, open to any dancers to learn basic
Highland steps or interested in pursuing the art of Highland Dance.

Attire:  please wear a kilt or knee-length skirt.

2 pm to 4:00

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

2019: Friday, Feb 1 -  Highlands of Durham Burns Celebration

(evening) - This will be held at the Port Perry Legion.

Tickets will be $65 pp. 

Info:  Alan Graham

2019: Saturday, Feb 2 -  Amadeus Choir: Songs From A Celtic Heart

This annual fundraising concert tugs at the Celtic soul, and oft brings a wee tear to the eye.

The concert features the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, with conductors Lydia Adams and Joan Andrews, plus conductor and pianist Shawn Grenke. Guest performers include Tom Leighton on guitar and vocals and Anne Lederman on fiddle.

Two performances: 2pm and 7pm  ~  At Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Don Mills <map>

Single tickets; $50 | $40 | $25  ($5 off before Jan 15)  Call 416.446-0188

Info: www.amadeuschoir.com 

[Webmaster’s note:  several of our dancers are in this choir]

2019: Saturday, Feb 9 -  South Simcoe’s Valentine Workshop

Join your South Simcoe friends for our popular, and now-traditional, Valentine Workshop.

Details closer to the date. Info:  Maureen Richardson

2019: Saturday, Feb 16 -  56th Annual Tartan Ball

Music by Scotch Mist, a very danceable programme by Deirdre MacCuish Bark,
and this year we have a wonderful new home:  The Old Mill. More info on Tartan Ball Page

Downloads:  2019-Tartan-Ball-briefs+video-links.pdf    |    2019-Tartan-Ball-Dance-Instructions.pdf

QuickLinx:   • Ferry LouperBirks of Invermay  • White Cockade  • Glasgow Highlanders  • Remparts de Séville  • Australian Ladies  • Happy Meeting  • Balgeddie Reel  • Bob Campbell  • Chequered Court  • Ruby Rant  • Light & Airy  • City of Belfast  • Scotia Sea  • Lea Rig  • Reel of the 51st  •  EXTRAS:  • Jubilee Jig  • Jean Martin of Aberdeen  • Mairi’s Wedding 

2019: Saturday, March 9 -  March Monthly Dance:  Beginners’ Night

Music by Scotch Mist.

All dances will be briefed and walked.

Download:  2019-March-Beginners-Night-briefs+video-links.pdf

QuickLinx:  • Provost Wynd  • Luckenbooth Brooch  • Gramachie  • Corryvreckan  • Lochiel’s Rant  • The Barmkin  • Edinburgh Toy Shop  • Swansea Strathspey  • Sailing On Shawnigan Lake  • Haste To The Wedding  • Karin’s Strathspey  • Duke of Perth  •  EXTRA: • Granville Market

2019: Saturday, March 23 -  West End Workshop


The teachers will be Ellie Briscoe from Alexandria, Virginia; Catherine Reid from Hamilton; and Arlene Koteff from Toronto.

Turner Fenton School in Brampton.

2019: 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

2019: Saturday, April 13 -  April Monthly Dance:  Volunteer Appreciation Night

Music by Scotch Mist.

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

The rest of the programme will be posted soon.

QuickLinx:  (to come)

2019: Saturday, April 27 -  AGM & Dance

Music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.

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

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

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

2019: Saturday, May 11 -  West Toronto Ball

Save the date. At Sala Caboto. Music by Scotch Mist

Additional info and dance programme closer to the date.

2019: Sunday, June 9 -  White Heather Ball

(Due to a foul up by Sikorski Hall, our usual Saturday is not available.) 

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