Castle Howard, Autumn dates, dances and other news...
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Welcome to the August Update

News and reminders
Dances and family ceilidh
Representatives and Newsletter
Further afield

The weather was kind for our three outside events over the summer and all were deemed a great success. The first, our stand at the Beckett Park "Picnic in the Park" was a good opportunity to advertise classes to a reasonably local audience. 
The first of our two dancing performances was our White Rose Festival which was slightly less well attended than last year, but this was due to clashes with date rather than a loss of popularity. The main disappointment was the lack of children's teams, so we were more than pleased to welcome a new children's team, and hope we might be able to organise a children's team from Leeds again in the not too distant future. The Leeds team was delighted to be joined by a couple from Horsham and their account of the experience is in the forthcoming Branch Dancers' Newsletter. 

More pictures and videos from the festival 
Also in the Newsletter is a report of our positive experience of dancing at Countryfile Live in the grounds of Castle Howard. Though our arrival was reminiscent of the worst of Glastonbury, out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain, so Scottish Country Dancers could strut their stuff again. 

A huge thank you to Catherine Livsey who put together the team, arranged the programme and music, and acted as MC for both days, even tweaking the programme as we learned lessons about encouraging audience participation.
Videos from Castle Howard
The BBC must have been pleased with Castle Howard as a venue, for they have booked again for next year - 6th to 9th August.
New Season
Term starts again in the week commencing 9th September and we hope to see you all there. Don't forget, although class fees are £4, there are loyalty cards available to Branch members, which reduces the fees to £3.50. 

Talking of membership, we are delighted to welcome 5 new branch members, Oliver, Sharon, Pam, Phil and Jean - I trust you are enjoying dancing in Leeds and we will get a chance to meet at our dances later this year. To the rest of you, if you have not renewed your membership please do it now - Branch membership form for 2019-20   

Remember, without your support we cannot administer the classes, social dances and events we offer, or pay our dues to RSCDS HQ who provide us with legal support, insurance and teacher training, as well as all the international contacts, Spring Fling/Fringe, Summer School, publications and CDs etc. from which we benefit.  AND you get discount at all our classes and dances, PLUS a £5 voucher to spend in the Branch Shop!  Bargain!
Workshops and Day Schools
The new season kicks off of with the
Dances, AGM and our first Family Ceilidh

Family Ceilidhs

If you know anyone, young or old,  who might be interested in taking up Scottish Dancing please encourage them to come.  Holy Trinity Community Hall is a lovely welcoming venue with good car parking - but be aware that vehicle access is via the dead end Memorial Drive only.

The Adel Monday afternoon class are now quite at home in their new venue at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16 5BB.  Parking is on West Park Drive (round the corner).  Do come and try it out if you have a free Monday afternoon. Beginners welcome.

The Monday evening  class at Calverley Conservative Club, Victoria St , Calverley, LS28 5PT, is aimed at more experienced dancers.

The Tuesday evening class at Adel Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Ave, LS16 7PQ, is a general class and also welcomes beginners

The Ilkley Thursday afternoon class meets at St Margaret's Church Hall, Ilkley, LS29 9QL

The Thursday evening class at Lidgett Park Methodist Hall, North Park Ave, LS8 1HG is continuing through the summer as usual.

Autumn classes at all venues start again in the week beginning September 9th. Purchase your card of 10 classes (£35) at any class.  First class for newcomers is free.  Details of times on the website.
Representatives and Newsletter

Representatives and Newsletter

Contact your class representative or any member of the Branch Committee with your comments and suggestions for classes, dances or improvements in the way things are run. Your class representatives are:
  • Monday afternoon - Elisabeth Pugh
  • Monday evening - Marion Walbank
  • Tuesday evening - Evelyn Davidson
  • Thursday afternoon - Elisabeth Pugh
  • Thursday evening - Alan Horsfall
Your newsletter needs you!
And why not put these ideas in writing?  Copy on any topic related (even loosely) to Scottish Country Dancing welcomed for the Leeds Branch Dancers' Newsletter - next edition out in August.  Offerings to  Irene Dracup, preferably by email.  

Copies of the May newsletter can be downloaded
Further afield
  • If you can't wait for the new season to begin, travel to Great Ayton on 7th September for the opportunity to dance to Marian Anderson (Further Information)
  • VI SCD Weekend in Portugal  - 6th December to 8th December  to music by Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson (Further information)


  • Scottish Dancing Holiday - Late February - Fancy a week in Spain or Portugal for some dancing and winter sunshine?  (Further details)

Spring Fling 2020

Spring Fling 2020 is spreading its wings.... so there will be two next yearSt Petersburg from 1st to 3rd May 2020 and Toronto from 15th to 17th May. This annual, international, weekend event for younger folk (12-35 year-olds), and older dancers, and often families with younger children, at Spring Fringe, boasts a wonderful combination of dance classes, social dancing and international friendships.  Registration is now open Spring Fling (and Fringe) 2020 

Visit St Petersburg

And/or Toronto

The first Spring Fling outside Europe
I hope to see you all at the start of our new season, either at class, the day school, the first dance, or all three. 

Best Wishes 
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