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The Banffshire Branch encourages Scottish country dancing throughout the historic county of Banffshire and its surrounding area of North East Scotland. It currently has over forty annual and life members of the Society, including ten RSCDS-certificated teachers who teach locally, nationally and internationally.
Regular classes, open to non-members as well as members of the Society, are held during the winter at Aberlour, Banff, Buckie, Dufftown, Fochabers, Forglen, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Keith, Macduff, Mosstodloch, Mulben and Turriff. The Branch traditionally holds its annual Scottish Country Dance on the 2nd Friday in November. Summer social evenings are also organised by various local classes.
A number of Branch teachers provide assistance to local schools wishing to re-establish Scottish country dance within their activities programmes and help to prepare dance demonstrations at local gatherings. A resulting addition to the Branch portfolio is the Banffshire Branch Scottish Country Dance Festival, a day of dance open to all SCD groups, young and old, which commenced in 2018 and will continue biennially.
Banffshire isn’t easily found on modern maps because administrative boundaries have changed. But it was once home to the renowned fiddler/composer William Marshall, as well as to the Duke and Duchess of Gordon. More recently the apiary at Maggieknockater near Dufftown inspired John Drewry’s popular dance, “The bees of Maggieknockater”.
Originally formed as Buckie and District Scottish Country Dance Society on 9th September 1929, the title was changed to the Banffshire Branch at the first AGM. Our Jubilee Book of dances, together with a CD, were produced in 2004 to mark our 75th birthday. In August 2009 we were thrilled to celebrate our 80th anniversary by dancing for Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral!
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