Spring term dates, dances and other news...
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Welcome to the February update

Further afield
The weeks go rushing by and we are now into February. The snowdrops are out and the daffs are showing  colour. What better time to shake of the winter blues and join us with some great dancing? 
Encourage your friends to take up dancing too! The Tuesday Class (Adel) welcomes beginners and we are looking at the feasibility of running a beginners' class.  
Did you know that some Branch musicians practise Scottish music on a regular basis at the Chemic Tavern, and played there for Burns Night together with Irish/Celtic friends who also play at the Chemic, but on Wednesdays? Why not pop along for a listen? They practise on the first and third Sunday of the month between 7.30 and 10.00.

Class Representatives

To make your committee more approachable, the last committee meeting agreed that each class should have a representative on the committee to improve communication and so we can be more responsive to your views. Your class representatives are:
Monday afternoon - Elizabeth Pugh
Monday evening - Marion Walbank
Tuesday evening - Evelyn Davidson
Thursday afternoon - Elizabeth Pugh
Thursday evening - Alan Horsfall
Feel free to approach your representatives with  your gripes and suggestions

Leeds Publications

Are now all available in both electronic and print format. This completes the project started a few years ago to future-proof our publications. For those newer members the complete list is :-
Workshops and Day Schools
The next Highland Day School will be held on  27th April at Bramhope St Giles Church Hall, teacher Catherine Livsey.
Advance notice - Next one will be on 5th October

Musicians'  Workshop

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 and participants  are invited to play alongside Ian to form the band for our evening dance.
Venue for both Workshop and Evening Social Dance: St Chad's Parish Centre, LS16 5JT  Application Form
Social Dances and our Festival
The next dances are:-

16th February - 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 March - Branch Dance. 7.30 start. Dance to the music of Ian Muir & the Musicians from the Day School. Always great to dance to both experienced and new musicians.
MC: Don Andrews.  
Venue: St Chad's Parish Centre, LS16 5JT
Programme and Crib with diagrams

White Rose Festival

The programme for the day and the evening have now been published and we hope to see you all there. The music is Marian Anderson - a special treat. Add the date to your diary if it is not already there (13th July 2019) 
 Further details are on our festival website or sign up to our festival mailing list


Classes for the spring term are well underway now and we are delighted to welcome 4 new dancers to the Adel Tuesday Class

The next  Sunday monthly classes from 13:45 - 15:45 at Askwith Village Hall, Askwith, LS21 2JB
  • 7th Apr,  5th May,  2nd Jun and  7th Jul

Bring a Dance to Class? 

Have you always had a dance you would like to try out? Do you think an occasional evening when you could bring a dance along to try out would be a good idea?  You would need to arrange it with your teacher in plenty of time.  You would be given all the support you need, if you do not feel confident to teach it to the class yourself. 
I might choose Fisherman Ginger's Reel by Gaye & Damon Collin as I always fancied learning how to do those fancy twirls in diagonal reels of four.
Watch video
Further afield

Spring Fling 2019 - Paris in the Springtime

Spring Fling 2019 is 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 older, 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 the waiting list!

Helensburgh and District Branch

have their 41st Weekend School, from Friday 29th March to Sunday 31st March 2019.
  • Ball - Friday night  -  2 course Buffet Supper and music by Marian Anderson.
  • Class - Saturday morning  - Teacher: Angela Young and Musician: Graham Berry. 
  • Dance - Saturday night  - light supper and music by Glencraig Band (Nicol McLaren).
  • Talk -  Sunday morning  - Angela Young accompanied by Graham Berry, with coffee. 

Further information and  Application Form  or email

Happy Dancing
Best wishes 
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