Saturday, November 9, 2019

Toronto Workshop
& Afternoon Dance
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Registration for the Toronto Workshop is now officially closed,
Please contact Jane Robinson at  for late registrations or information regarding the FREE CLASS: INTRO TO SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE.

Workshop Convenor, Christy Barber, writes:

Plans are in place for Toronto’s annual Workshop and Afternoon Dance. We are pleased to be back at Branksome Hall in mid Toronto and we’ve brought together a variety of fine teachers and musicians to feed our passion for Scottish country dancing. We strive to ensure a satisfying day for everyone.

   This year we welcome Angela Young from Aberdeen, Scotland; Claire Collier from Lewiston, New York; and Colin Campbell from Toronto as our guest teachers. They bring enthusiasm for the dancing, and dances to enhance and challenge our skills. Both newer and experienced dancers will find something to “take away” from their individual approaches.

Classes will be enhanced by the musical skills of Laird Brown and Don Wood, Don Bartlett and Fred Moyes. Scotch Mist will fill the spacious, bright gym with great tunes for the Afternoon Dance.

   Cooperation and consideration are important for a successful workshop. Our hope is that dancers will carefully consider their class choice. A greater number of years dancing should not necessarily translate into a higher level. Intermediate level may be a choice for those wishing a less demanding class, while the advanced level encourages a more energetic level of finesse. Class-Selector.pdf

   Dancers from each class level will attend the Dance, and we all need to welcome and support those with less experience.

   The Dancewear Bazaar, with proceeds supporting RSCDS Toronto activities, is well stocked with donated, gently-used items for sale. Thanks for 10 profitable years to Margaret Reiger and her devoted team of volunteers. John and Evelyn Holmberg have worked hard to receive, sort, price, and display your donated articles.  

   We welcome the out-of-towners who are attending, and appreciate the overnight hospitality provided by Members.

   It takes a team to coordinate the details of this major event. I am pleased to work with these interested, and interesting Workshop Committee members: Jane Robinson, Anne Moloney, Louise and Phil Buddle, Anne Bishop, Jessie Garland, Wendy Tamminen, and Bill Barber. We look forward to a great day of dancing together.

H.I.S.C.D.*  Christy Barber, Workshop Convenor

*Happiness Is Scottish Country Dancing


Angela Young, Aberdeen

Angela was born and brought up in Aberdeen, Scotland. She started dancing at a very early age, learning Scottish country dancing, Ballet, Tap, and Highland, followed by piano lessons at the age of four

As soon as she could, Angela took her RSCDS teaching certificates. As a teenager she was involved in teaching at children’s Scottish country dance classes in Aberdeen. While at university, Angela was delighted to be invited to play at RSCDS Summer School in St Andrews, which has been an annual event for her since then.

In London, Angela taught both adult and children’s classes for the RSCDS Branch, including the Demonstration Team.

Since moving back to Scotland, Angela teaches in Aberdeen with the Airyhall Dancers, and for Aberdeen Branch.

Angela regularly teaches in the UK and around the world, including RSCDS Summer and Winter Schools, and Spring Fling. As a BAFTA award-winning BBC Children’s television producer, Angela enjoys creating programmes with music and dance content for the pre-school audience.

Angela trained many teams for Festivals, qualified as an adjudicator in 2013, and is an RSCDS Medal Test Assessor and Tutor, as well as currently working on the RSCDS Membership Services Committee.

Schedule for the day:

8:30 - 9:05_____Registration, coffee/tea,
______________ welcome and introductions

9:15 – 10:30     Classes*

10:30 – 10:45    Break  (Dancewear Bazaar starts)

10:45 – 12:00    Classes*

12:00 – 12:50    Lunch

12:50 – 2:05     Classes

2:05 – 2:30       Break (Bazaar closes 2:30)

2:30 – 3:30       Afternoon Dance (Cribs.pdf )

3:30 – 4:00       Interval: Tea/coffee, treats

4:00 – 5:00        Dance continues

* Which Class?    Class-Selector.pdf

Questions?  Please ask: Christy Barber

NB: Toronto Workshop is a scent-free event.
Please bring an identifiable water bottle to refill at fountains throughout the school.


Claire Collier, Lewistown NY

Claire fell in love with Scottish country dancing while a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin and soon was dancing three times a week.  After completing her graduate degree, she moved to Tarrytown, NY, and immediately joined the Westchester Scottish Dance Group, danced with the New Jersey class of New York Branch, and was a member of the Loch Leven Scottish Country Dancers performing team for over 10 years.  When she relocated to the Buffalo area, Claire joined the Hamilton (Ontario) Branch and has danced there for over 25 years. 

Since completing her Teacher’s Certificate at TAC Summer School in 1996, Claire has taught the introductory, social, intermediate technique, and advanced classes in the Hamilton Branch.  She has been a guest teacher in Buffalo and St Catharine’s, and taught workshops in Oakville, Toronto, London, Windsor, and Hamilton. 

Claire has also served on the executive of the Teachers’ Association (Canada); Hamilton Branch; and The White Cockade. 

Claire supports her Scottish Country Dance habit by working in the Development Office at Buffalo State College.  When not dancing or working, Claire enjoys gardening, knitting, and travelling.

Colin Campbell, Toronto

Colin learned highland dancing as a child and moved on to discover ceilidh dancing and then country dancing as a teenager with his parents, who danced in Brampton and Toronto. 

As a university student, he had the good fortune to dance with Jean Anderson’s demonstration group. 

Family and career intervened and Colin was a “late bloomer” with teaching.  He completed his full certificate in 2017 at St Andrews and he teaches occasionally at Trinity in Toronto, and at the London, Ontario, branch.  He devised the programme for the 2019 Dancing in the Park.  When he is not dancing, Colin teaches law at Western University.

This is his first workshop and he begs your forbearance!