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   To have your event posted, send Rob Lockhart a brief write-up, with Date, Time, Location, Cost, Contact Info, and brochure/sign-up form.
To place your event, or an article, in our monthly newsletter,
Set&Link, send info to Suzanne Dubeau  by the 10th of each month.

Saturday Apr 13        April Monthly Dance

Doors open 7:30  ~  Dancing:  Starts 8pm  

Music:  Laird Brown, Scotch Mist

Programme by May Webster Info (see page 3)

Briefers: Alma Smith and Blair Gerrie

Gymnasium of Havergal College Junior School,
460 Rosewell Ave., Toronto

  1. Members - $27 (incl. HST)  Non Members - $32 

  2. Young Adults (18-34yrs) - $10   Under 18yrs) - $5

  3. Spectators - $5

Download:   2024-April-Dance-cribs+links.pdf

May 3 + May 4 ~  Youth Centenary Weekend Welcome Dance & Workshop  

The Toronto Youth Committee invites youth and young-adult dancers (as well as their older friends) to a Weekend Welcome Dance and Workshop ahead of the Centenary Ball presented by the Great Lakes Branches in Kitchener, Ontario. Dancers under 40 can attend both events for $20. Local hospitality/accommodation and transportation to Kitchener may be available.

Note - tickets to these events are separate from the RSCDS Centenary Ball presented by The Great Lakes Group of Scottish Country Dance Branches.  Tickets for the Centenary Ball can be purchased here.

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  1. Bullet  Friday May 3 at 7pm - 10:00  Welcome Dance with live music by Laird Brown & co.
    At Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto
    Tickets:  $20 for under 40, $25 for over 40. (purchase here)
    Download:  Youth-Centenary-Weekend-Registration-poster+links.pdf
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  2. Bullet Saturday May 4 at 10:15am - 12:15: Morning Workshop,

  3. Moira Korus will teach this workshop, which is free for those under 40 (included with your ticket for the Friday evening Welcome Dance), $10 for those over 40.

  4. Please contact info@dancescottish.ca if you would like to attend. 
    Attendance for youth and young adults will be prioritized.

  5. Venue: Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto <map>

  6. (N.B. Rosedale entrance is NOT on Mount Pleasant, it’s on South Drive at N end of property. Hint:  To avoid frustration, set your GPS/SatNav to 67 South Drive.)

  7. BulletHospitality
    Local hospitality/accommodation and transportation to Kitchener may be available.  Contact 
    info@dancescottish.ca for more information.

May 4  ~  The Great Lakes Group RSCDS Centenary Ball  

Tickets for the Ball are sold out. If you wish to put your name on a waiting list, please email to Deirdre Bark barkd@rogers.com 

The Great Lakes Group of Scottish Country Dancers (comprising dance groups from around Ontario, Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal) is hosting its first joint project a Great Lakes Ball, celebrating 100 years since Miss Jean Milligan and Mrs Ysobel Stewart of Fasnacloich founded the now world-wide Scottish Country Dance Society (which became ‘Royal’ when her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became patron of the Society.

This will be a great occasion that will help knit together Scottish country dancers throughout the region. We’ll have live music by Don Bartlett & The Scottish Heirs.
It will be a grand event and we look forward to seeing you on the floor.       
Tickets $130 at

Download:  2024-Great-Lakes-Ball-flyer.pdf    Programme cribs here.

Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
(just minutes from Highway 85/Conestoga Parkway)

Wednesday May 15        Glenview’s Spring Dance

Music:  Laird Brown and Warren Beesley

Refreshments to follow the dancing.

Cost $20 members, $25 non-members at
the door.

7:30pm at Glenview Presbyterian Church,
1 Glenview Avenue

Glenview's Salute to Spring (R1 x 24) 4C (4C set)

1-4     4s followed by 3s, 2s, 1s, lead down the set

4-8     all turn with the right hand

8-12   1s followed by 2s, 3s, 4s, lead up the set

9-16    all turn with the right hand

17-24  all gallop (in an orderly fashion) to the parlour for refreshments

June 1, 2024  ~  Tea Dance Fundraiser for the 2025 West Toronto Ball

SAVE THE DATE: Dance the afternoon away to a selection of favourite West Toronto Ball dances!

We have a wonderful place to dance. . . the charming and historic Clarke Memorial Hall in Mississauga <map>, and we’ll dance to beautiful recorded music by our favourite musicians.

Tea, and a delicious variety of finger foods and sweets will be enjoyed!

Doors Open 1:30pm, Dancing 2:00-4:00, Refreshments 4:00-6:00pm.

All proceeds will go to support a glorious West Toronto Ball in 2025.  Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

To order:  https://www.jotform.com/build/240147825543052

The programme: Online at https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/45499/
or download:

Sponsor-A-Dance: For only $10 please consider sponsoring a dance and dedicating it to a revered teacher, dear friend, loved one, or just because you so enjoy the dance.  Sponsors' names and dedication will be announced prior to each dance. Donations of any amount are also most gratefully accepted. https://www.jotform.com/build/240148411435044

Tuesday evenings:  June 4, 11, 18, 25     
Dancing In The Park

7pm until dusk

Music by Laird Brown

Join us for open-air fun at Edwards Gardens
(Leslie & Lawrence E)

More info:  Dancing In The Park page


Scholarships for Dancers & Teacher Candidates

Teacher candidates can progress to certification through the Teachers’ Association of Canada (TAC) OR through the RSCDS — at their respective Summer Schools.

RSCDS Toronto offers a $500 scholarship to Members in Good Standing of the Toronto Association, Details here.

Scholarships are available for ordinary dancers (i.e. not Teacher Candidates) who can apply to the Society for a scholarship for a week at St Andrews (typically, travel is not included). The chances of getting a scholarship are particularly good for young dancers, and there are many options.  Overview and links on the scholarships page.


Safety First…

Emergency Contact: 

Occasionally, there is a medical emergency while dancing. All dancers are reminded to have their emergency contact information on their person at all Scottish County Dancing events.

COVID Protocols: 

1. Vaccinations against COVID are highly recommended for those attending an RSCDS Toronto Event.

2. Masks are recommended but not mandatory.

3. No-one should attend an RSCDS Toronto event if they have symptoms of COVID or any other contagious disease; have tested positive for COVID in the last 7 days; or have a household member or close contact who tested positive for COVID in the last 7 days.

4. Hand Sanitizer will be available at all RSCDS Toronto Events.

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