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We have never experienced a time like this. To help support the worldwide community of Scottish country dancers, we are issuing a series of newsletters to our members and subscribers - Dance Scottish At Home. This will develop and improve as time goes on, and we will be responding to what you would like to see and read. Our aim is to include articles, music, games, podcasts and online classes that will entertain and connect us with our dancing friends across the globe.

You are encouraged to share Dance Scottish At Home with dancers and musicians in your Group, Branch and wider network. We are all part of the Scottish dance family and now is the time to show it. 

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Dance Scottish At Home - 13th November 2020

Last weekend saw the RSCDS hold its first Virtual AGM, welcoming Lorna Ogilvie as the new RSCDS Chairman, with William Williamson as Chairman Elect. For those of you who missed the AGM and weren’t able to join in with the event live, then you can watch the recorded version below.

 

At Home Podcast

This week’s “At Home Podcast” features an interview with our new Chairman, Lorna Ogilvie as Luke talks to her about her life, the places she’s lived and the music and dances that hold special memories.

 

What's behind the name?

Mentioned by our new chairman Lorna Ogilvie in this week’s podcast, Schiehallion is a popular dance that has donated the formation Schiehallion Reels to the Scottish Country Dance world.  Whilst it is a challenging dance it appeared regularly on programmes in the 1970s, in the days when dances were not recapped – 128 bars of dancing you just had to know!  But where is Schiehallion and why is it famous?

Virtual Festival 2020

Congratulations to the winner of the Virtual Festival Mixed Ages category. Lyon Branch won with a popular vote - and deserve their trophy for a heart-warming and fun celebration of Scottish dance and friendship under the current circumstances. 

The Under-16s category was won by the team from Moscow Branch - Deer O'Dale. Their beautiful video shows pretty dancing - well done on that! – as well as cool props and costumes. They bring us a story of Scots and Vikings, fortunately with a happy ending!

WATCH ALL THE VIDEOS HERE
 

The latest online class

Join a different RSCDS Teacher each week for a mixture of basic movements, warm ups, technique and steps to keep you active. Live every Wednesday at 19:00 UK time, the class will give you the chance to dance with RSCDS members around the world at the same time.  *Please note that not all recorded classes begin immediately - skip ahead on the recording to find the start time, or just let it run and enjoy the music!* 

ONLINE CLASS - 25th NOVEMBER 2020   ALL ONLINE CLASSES

 
Dance puzzles

Do you enjoy solving puzzles? This week we have provided 2 challenges to entertain, perplex and intrigue you.

SCOTTISH STEP DANCE CROSSWORD PUZZLE   JIGSAW PUZZLE

 

RSCDS news

Throughout November, the RSCDS shop is offering a range of fantastic offers on books, music recordings and other products in our ‘Reel Deals’. We are also excited to announce new products including hoodies and sweatshirts on the RSCDS Teemill site… there might be some early Christmas presents you can snap up!

 

Find the full Dance Scottish At Home newsletter here >

Welcome to our October editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.

NEWSLETTER - 13TH NOVEMBER 2020

Welcome to our October editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.

NEWSLETTER - 2ND OCTOBER 2020

NEWSLETTER - 16th OCTOBER 2020

NEWSLETTER - 30th OCTOBER 2020

Welcome to our September editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.

NEWSLETTER - 4TH SEPTEMBER 2020

NEWSLETTER - 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Welcome to our August editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.

NEWSLETTER - 7TH AUGUST 2020

NEWSLETTER - 21ST AUGUST 2020

Welcome to our July editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.

NEWSLETTER - 3RD JULY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 10TH JULY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 17TH JULY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 24TH JULY 2020

Welcome to our latest issues of Dance Scottish At Home – with more dance and music gems to keep your brains buzzing!

NEWSLETTER - 5TH JUNE 2020

NEWSLETTER - 12TH JUNE 2020

NEWSLETTER - 19TH JUNE 2020

NEWSLETTER - 26TH JUNE 2020

This month, editions of Dance Scottish At Home include the latest "At Home Podcasts", stories behind your favourite dances, and of course some new SCD puzzles to get stuck into!

NEWSLETTER - 1ST MAY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 8TH MAY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 15TH MAY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 22ND MAY 2020

NEWSLETTER - 29TH MAY 2020

Highlights of these issues include our regular podcasts, the latest Thursday Challenges, a newly devised dance The Toilet Roll Reel, the story behind some of your favourite dances, our online classes and some brand new dance-themed puzzles.

NEWSLETTER - 3RD APRIL 2020

NEWSLETTER - 10TH APRIL 2020

NEWSLETTER - 17TH APRIL 2020

NEWSLETTER - 24TH APRIL 2020

This first newsletter contains rich information and fun facts on how to continue enjoying Scottish country dance and music online during these challenging times.

NEWSLETTER - 27TH MARCH 2020

"I greatly appreciate the innovative way that the RSCDS has ensured that we all keep up our dance skills and stay connected to one another throughout this challenging time.  It was a real treat to have Angela teach the class accompanied by her husband, Graham on the piano.
Thank you again to the imaginative team at RSCDS for implementing this social connection for all of us in the worldwide dancing community."
 
 Helene and Douglas Nelson,  rscdsgleneagles.org

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