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Advanced Dancing Parkdale United Church7:30 PM - 9:30PM Eileen Black
Basic (dancers with at least 1 year of experience) Parkdale United Church7:30 PM - 9:30PM Charlie Inglis Basic
Afternoon Social Parkdale United Church12:30 PM - 2:30PM Brian Mackintosh & Pat Scrimgeour
Beginners (New dancers) Churchill Recreation Centre7:30 PM - 9:30PM Jody Williams Beginner
Intermediate Parkdale United Church7:30 PM - 9:30PM Betty Anderson Intermediate
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Scottish Country Dancing is the social dancing of Scotland and consists of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, and the uniquely Scottish Strathspeys.
The music is lively and adds to the exhilaration of the dance. Dances are done in groups (or sets) of 6 or 8 dancers and you don't need to bring your own partner to participate. The regular dance season is September to early May.
The Ottawa branch offers weekly classes from basic to advanced level and has monthly social events including an annual Ball in April. Read more about us through the "Branch History" and "FAQ" links above.
Come to a class, or drop by one of our socials to watch the fun! The best time to start is in September but new dancers are welcome to join in January also.
You don't need to be Scottish to recognize Scottish Country Dancing is good value for your money...and good for your health. .
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the cost of branch membership?
Annual membership in the Ottawa Branch is $130 for 15-16: $25 for membership in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and $105 for branch expenses (mainly venue rental, music equipment and teacher costs). In addition dancers pay $1/week in class to cover refreshments.
How do I apply?To apply for membership in the Branch, download the attached PDF file, complete the form and give it to your class convener or send it to the Branch Treasurer
Where can I dance?Dancers can dance at any class and social event offered for their level. See the list of classes. Dancers who travel enjoy dancing with other SCD groups throughout the world. There is a link from the Ottawa Branch web site to other Scottish Country Dance web sites so you can check for a dancing group at your holiday destination.
What should I wear to dance?
Dancers soon warm up so we suggest comfortable, light clothing.
What type of shoes should I wear?We suggest soft, light shoes to begin with. Most women dancers buy ballet or jazz dancing shoes and both women and men buy ghillies. Your class teacher or convenor will advise you about the nearest place to purchase shoes.
Do I need a partner?No. Scottish Country Dances are danced in sets of 8 (6 or sometimes 10) and dancers normally change partners for each dance during the evening.
Do I need experience?No experience is necessary. It helps to be aware of the musical beat and you certainly need a sense of fun. Our teachers will teach you the steps, formations and dances
The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society was founded in 1966. It provides both classes in Scottish Country Dancing and social events for its members.
The Headquarters of the Society is in Edinburgh, Scotland and all members of the Ottawa Branch are members of this international organization. Currently the Branch has over 165 members and offers classes from Beginner to Advanced levels throughout the Ottawa Region. Classes are held on Monday to Thursday evenings during the dancing season (September to May). A branch Social is held for all members once a month on Fridays. And for those still wishing to dance more, informal socials are held on the first and fourth Fridays of each month.
Annual events include: a Christmas Dance with a Ceilidh; a formal Dinner and Ball with dancing to live music. Informal dancing opportunities are available during the summer months.
Scottish Country Dancing Scottish country dancing has its roots in the French court dances of the 16th Century. It can be considered as the ballroom dancing of Scotland and consists of Reel, Jigs, Hornpipes, Minuets and the uniquely Scottish Strathspeys.
It is a blend of the ancient folk dances of Scotland which were usually danced in groups or sets of eight people either in a round or longwise set. Added to this were the ballet steps of the French Court brought to Scotland by Mary, Queen of Scots. It is not nearly as athletic as the Highland Dancing known to many Canadians and, due to the mix of slow and fast tempos of the dances, is considered to be good exercise for all ages as well as fun. Dances in the Scottish Country Dance literature were devised not only in Scotland but also by expatriate Scots in many parts of the world including Canada. Dancers in the Ottawa Branch perform dances written from the eighteenth century to the current day and are proud to have members who are devising new dances.
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Chair Greville Price [email protected]
Vice Chair Carolyn Bond [email protected]
Treasurer Frances Dubois [email protected]
Secretary Elma Mooney [email protected]
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