Spring term dates, dances and other news...
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To all RSCDS Leeds Update Subscribers

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and are full of energy for the coming season. This time of year is traditionally one for making resolutions to keep fit and lose weight and what better way to do this than by Scottish Dancing with friends?

Do encourage your friends to join the Branch to take advantage of the discounts at dances and classes.  The benefits include 2 issues per year of the Scottish Country Dancer magazine, 4 issues of the Branch Dancers' Newsletter, £5 Branch shop voucher, access to a 10 week ticket for £35 (all fees ½ price for those in full time education) which is valid at all classes and has no expiry date, and a £2 discount at Branch Dances.  And of course you are ensuring the continuation of the training of teachers, thus providing the classes and social dances we all enjoy. Download membership form.


Classes start again week beginning 7th January 2019. There are weekly classes for all abilities from Beginner to Experienced levels. Full details are available on our website. There is also the Sunday monthly class from 13:45 - 15:45 at Askwith Village Hall, Askwith, LS21 2JB
  • 7th Apr,  5th May,  2nd Jun and  7th Jul

Social Dances

  • 19th Jan - Branch Dance. 7.30 start. Dance to the music of Neil Barron Duo with Alan Horsfall as MC 
    Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, LS16 5JT
    Programme and Crib with diagrams
  • 16th Feb - Branch Dance. 7.30 start. Dance to the music of Ian Slater and support Nicola Waugh and Katie Husband as a new MC duo.   
    Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic College, Neville Road, LS9 0TT  
    Programme and Crib with diagrams
  • 16th Mar - Branch Dance. 7.30 start. Dance to the music of Ian Muir & the Musicians from the Day School
    MC: Don Andrews 
    Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, LS16 5JT
    Programme and Crib with diagrams

Day School

16th Feb - There are still some spaces left on the Musicians' Day School for all instrumentalists wishing to develop their expertise in playing Scottish Country Dance music. The workshop sessions will be led by Ian Muir, an accomplished Scottish Country Dance Musician and Senior Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Whatever your instrument Ian will enable you to participate. Participants in the Musicians’ Workshop are invited to play alongside Ian to form the band for our evening dance.
Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, LS16 5JT  Application Form

Advance notice - The next Highland Day School will be held on  27th April at Bramhope St Giles Church Hall

The Next Dancers' Newsletter  

will be the February 2019 issue, so items of news, articles, thoughts, photos, poems etc should be sent to Irene Dracup, 21 Lawns Drive, Leeds, LS12 5RJ, or email:

Support your Branch shop

If you haven't already spent it, don't forget to use your £5 shop voucher! Don't want shoes and not sure what to buy? The latest, 9th Edition of the Little Green Book (Pilling) is out now with lots of new dances in, including several by our very own Roy Goldring. The price is £7 - that's £2 to you with your voucher.
You could pass you old copy on to a beginner....
Alternatively there are some colourful Canvas bags for £5 with your voucher!

White Rose Festival

Venue: The Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LE.
The evening programme has now been published and the afternoon dances have nearly been finalised. Do join us to dance to the music of Marian Anderson in one of the teams, support your fellow dancers, enjoy the spectacle and music, come to the evening dance or all of these. Further details are on our festival website or sign up to our festival mailing list

Winter School 2019

This is now full, but they are taking names for a waiting list. If you fancy one of the RSCDS Schools, you need to get in early!

Spring Fling 2019 - Paris in the Springtime

Spring Fling will be in Paris from 19th to 21st April 2019. This annual, international, weekend event for younger folk (12-35 year-olds) boasts a wonderful combination of dance classes, social dancing and international friendships.

If you are outside that age range for Spring Fling, there is a concurrent  Spring Fling Fringe - an exciting weekend of Scottish Country Dancing (advanced and very advanced) that is open to dancers aged 36 and over. There are no more Fringe tickets available for the moment but you can register on our waiting list!
Happy Dancing
Best wishes 
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