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

Further afield

What beautiful weather we have been having again this week. Certainly cheers the spirits as teams are busily learning the dances for the festival at the end of this term. If you have not signed up to dance, please do - it is a lovely afternoon event, particularly if the sun is shining and we are dancing outside. If you have not tried it before, just sign up for a couple of dance to see how it goes. 
News - Venue Change
I hope you are all aware of our change in venue for the May and June dance.  Now at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4LF (Map)

Hopefully you all got the email asking for dancers to volunteer for the various events. If you have not already signed up, please do email Evelyn and Christine in the first instance with your availability. 

Shop Update
The Branch Shop will not be at the May and June dance. It was taken to the ASCDS Festival last weekend and has not yet returned, and next month it will be packed up ready for the White Rose Festival. However, if you want anything from the shop before then, it will be sent to you post free. 
Impending Price Rise - James Senior have increased their prices significantly, but have agreed we can delay passing on this rise until the end of this dancing season. If you are in need of a new pair, you are advised to buy them soon....
Workshops and Day Schools
The next  Sunday monthly classes are on the 2nd June and the 7th July. Both will concentrate on the White Rose Festival dances, mainly the massed dances, but may cover some demonstration, highland and evening dances, time allowing. It is not just for Leeds team dancers or dancers taking part in the White Rose Festival, all dancers welcome with a good knowledge of basic formations.  
Venue: 13:45 - 15:45 at Askwith Village Hall, Askwith, LS21 2JB

After the Summer break, it is the Branch Day School - followed by an evening dance. 
Date and time: Saturday, 21 September 2019⋅10:30 – 16:30 at 
Venue: Queen’s Hall, Harrogate Road, 
Teacher: Heather Cowan
Musician: Ian Slater

Evening Social Dance
Date and time: Saturday, 21 September 2019
7.00 – 10:30 (note new time!) at 
Venue: Queen’s Hall, Harrogate Road, 
MC: Debbie Crossley
Musician: Colin Dewar
Social Dances and our Festival
18th May - Branch Dance. 7.30 start.  Dance to the music of Ian Robertson - fabulous musician from Aylesbury.
MC Betty Hagart
Programme -
Venue: Now at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4LF (Map)

16th June - Branch Dance. 7.30 start. Dance to the music of  the Robert Whitehead Trio
MC: Jan and Geoff Robinson
Venue: Also now at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4LF (Map)

21st September Branch Dance - see Day School above

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


The Adel Monday afternoon class has successfully moved to  their new venue at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16 5BB (Map).  Parking is on West Park Drive (round the corner).  Do come and try it out if you have a free Monday. 

Representatives and Newsletter

Don't forget if you have any suggestions for improving Scottish Dancing in Leeds contact your class representative who will pass the ideas on at the next meeting of committee, which will be held on the 2nd June. Your class representatives are:
  • Monday afternoon - Elizabeth Pugh
  • Monday evening - Marion Walbank
  • Tuesday evening - Evelyn Davidson
  • Thursday afternoon - Elisabeth Pugh
  • Thursday evening - Alan Horsfall
Any compliments are OK too - it's good to know when we're getting things right!  Plus any ideas for the next season. 
Further afield


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

Family Ceilidhs

The Branch is organising two family ceilidhs in the Autumn as a recruitment exercise (also at Holy Trinity Community Hall). More information to follow, but save the dates 26th Oct and 30th Nov.

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 boasts a wonderful combination of dance classes, social dancing and international friendships.  Add a note in your diary for Spring Fling (and Fringe) 2020 

Visit St Petersburg

And/or Toronto

The first Spring Fling outside Europe
Hope to see you all at our new venue on Saturday. 
Best wishes 
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