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Tartan Day Dance - Monday 3 April 2017

posted 24 Mar 2017, 01:18 by Scottish Dance Cape Town

All Scottish country dancers are invited to an open evening in celebration of Tartan Day organised by Heather Hodgson with Fish Hoek Scottish Country Dance Club. 

Spectators  and newcomers to Scottish Country Dancing are most welcome.

Cost:      R20 per person including tea, coffee and biscuits

Time:     19:50 for 20:00 start

Venue:    St Margret's Church Hall, Fish Hoek

The programme and crib will be available for download shortly but will include dances such as 'Tartan Rainbow', 'Best Set in the Hall', 'Dream Catcher', 'City of Stirling Reel' and local favourites such as 'Land of the Heather Hills', 'Road to McGregor'

Hoping  that you will be able to join us.

RSCDS Cape Town Introductory Courses - April 2017

posted 3 Mar 2017, 02:53 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 3 Mar 2017, 02:54 ]

Introductory courses to learn the basics of Scottish Country Dancing are to be offered by the RSCDS Cape Town Branch. 

Learn the basics in 8 classes

Tuesday (starting 4 April) 19:00 – 21:00


Saturday (starting 8 April) 09:00 – 11:00

Venue:  Congregational Church Hall, Church Street, Claremont

Cost:       R360.00 for eight lessons

  • No experience necessary
  • Suitable for all ages with a reasonable level of fitness
  • No partner required - come on your own or bring a friend
  • Wear soft-soled shoes

To reserve a place, contact Linda.  e-mail

There will be an introductory social the week before on Friday 31 March 2017 for you to come along and see what Scottish Country Dancing is all about.

RSCDS Cape Town Branch Introductory Social – 31 March 2017

posted 14 Feb 2017, 02:45 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 24 Mar 2017, 07:47 ]

The  RSCDS Cape Town Branch will be holding an Introductory Social on Friday 31 March.. All dancers are invited to bring a friend along to come and see what Scottish Country Dancing is all about. The programme will be a mix of Ceilidh and Scottish Country dancing.

Venue:             Claremont Congregational Hall
Time:               19:00 for 19:30 until 22:00
Cost:                R50 for non-RSCDS members, R30 for RSCDS members (If you bring a friend, the friend comes free!)
RSVP:     to book your place

Join us and have some fun!
The programme is available for downloading below.

RSCDS Cape Town Introductory Social 31 March 2017

Love to Dance Class - Monday 13 February 2017

posted 31 Jan 2017, 09:57 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 12 Feb 2017, 21:11 ]

There will be a themed dance class in Fish Hoek on Monday 13th February 2017. Scottish Country Dancers from other clubs are welcome to join us.

Cost: R20 per person

Dress: A touch of red, white or tartan.

  1. The Ambassadors' Reel               R32     3/4L  Mayr: Vienna Book
  2. Catch the Wind                      R32     3/4L  Butterfield: RSCDS XLV
  3. Land Of The Heather Hills           S32     4/4L  Priddey: Capercaillie
  4. The First Rain of Spring            J32     3/3L  Joubert: RSCDS XLIX
  5. The Dream Catcher                   S96      4S   Orr: RSCDS XLV
  6. Polharrow Burn                      R32     5/5L  Foss: Magazine
  7. The Piper and the Penguin           R88      4S   Goldring: RSCDS Scotia
  8. The Luckenbooth Brooch              J32     3/4L  Dickson: Reels and Wheels (CD booklet)
  9. The Byron Strathspey                S32     3/3L  Drewry: Deeside 2
 10. The Road to McGregor S40 4/4L Hodgson 11. City of Stirling Reel R32 3/4L Goldring: Bannockburn 700
Extra: Climbing Mont Ventoux M64 4/4L Ritzau

Knysna Celtic Festival - 18 February 2017

posted 30 Jan 2017, 05:07 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 30 Jan 2017, 05:13 ]

The third Knysna Celtic Festival will be held in the beautiful Garden route town of Knysna on the weekend of Saturday 18 February. The day starts with a Street March past by 10 pipe bands as well as Massed Pipes and  drums followed by a Highland gathering. Highlights of the Highland gathering include: pipe band competitions, Highland Irish and Scottish Country Dancing, Highland games with tossing the caber, Archery and Tug-of-War tournaments.  The day concludes with the Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert featuring Blacksmith from Cape Town, renowned International guest stars Finlay Macdonald & Chris Stout from Scotland, singer-harpist Christy-Lyn, Irish Riverdance and the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band. There is also a Food Court and Celtic Pub at this musical extravaganza.

Scottish Country Dancers from Cape Town and the Eastern Cape will be putting on displays both at the ceilidh on the Friday evening and also at the Highland gathering on the Saturday.

See the Knysna Celtic Festival Facebook page or web site for further information about the event or contact Heather Hodgson ( if you wish to know about the Scottish Country Dancers involvement at the festival. There is also a short promotional video on Youtube showcasing this fun, annual celebration of all things Celtic.

Knysna Celtic Festival Flyer 2017

Fish Hoek SCD Burns Nicht class 2017

posted 22 Jan 2017, 09:49 by Scottish Dance Cape Town

Fish Hoek Scottish Country Dance Club's first class of 2017 on Monday 23 January will also be a special Burns Night dance class.. Dancers from all the SCD clubs are invited to join us.

Time: 19:45 for 20:00 start

Cost: R20  including tea, coffee and biscuits.

All dances will be recapped but only walked  on request.

We look forward to welcoming you back on the dance floor.

Knysna Celtic Festival - 18 February 2017 Save the date!

posted 29 Nov 2016, 05:28 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 30 Jan 2017, 05:08 ]

Save the date Knysna Celtic Festival 18 February 2017

Lynfrae End-of-year Party - 10 December 2016

posted 23 Nov 2016, 02:57 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 00:49 ]

Lynfrae’s end of year party will take place on Saturday 10 December 2016, at Christ the King Church hall, Garfield Rd, Claremont, starting 6:30pm for 7:00pm

Cost R20 per person.

The programme is available for downloading below.

For a 'watch-through' of some of the dances on the programme follow this link to Strathspey server -

Fish Hoek SCD End-of-year Dance Class - 12 December 2016

posted 20 Nov 2016, 04:01 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 23 Nov 2016, 02:51 ]

Fish Hoek Club will be holding our end-of-year dance class on Monday 12th December 2016. Dancers from all clubs are once again invited to join us for a fun evening of dancing.

Time:    19:45 for 20:00

Cost:    R20

The programme for the evening is:

  1. DAN: The Dancing Rhino              R32     2RR   Hodgson

  2. Pelorus Jack                        J32     3/4L  Skelton: RSCDS XLI

  3. The Byron Strathspey                S32     3/3L  Drewry: Deeside 2

  4. City of Stirling Reel               R32     3/4L  Goldring: Bannockburn 700

  5. The First Rain of Spring            J32     3/3L  Joubert: RSCDS XLIX

  6. The Road to McGregor                S32     4/4L  Hodgson

 7. Jaywalking                                      J40    3/4L Tyler          

<Refreshment break>

  8. The Ambassadors' Reel               R32     3/4L  Mayr: Vienna Book

  9. Best Set in the Hall                J32     3/4L  Greenwood: RSCDS XLVI

  10. The Dream Catcher                   S96      4S   Orr: RSCDS XLV

 11. Catch the Wind                      R32     3/4L  Butterfield: RSCDS XLV

 12. Never at Sea                        R48     6/6L  Haddow

 13. The Minister on the Loch            S32     3/3L  Goldring: Magazine

 14. Mairi's Wedding                     R40     3/4L  Cosh: 22 SCD


 15. Polharrow Burn                      R32     5/5L  Foss: Magazine

 16. Land Of The Heather Hills           S32     4/4L  Priddey: Capercaillie

 17. Bratach Bana                        R32     3/4L  Drewry: Bon Accord

Crib and diagrams available for downloading below.

Pinelands Dancers hang up their ghillies

posted 16 Nov 2016, 05:00 by Scottish Dance Cape Town   [ updated 16 Nov 2016, 06:06 ]

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to inform all the Country Dancer’s that PINELANDS has closed its doors for the last time.

Pinelands Scottish Country Dancing started up for the second time in June 1987 with Grace Lofthouse and Maureen Lith as the teachers.  Maureen did not stay on with us long, so with Bill playing the music and Grace teaching we continued for many happy years.  Dancing on Wednesday nights at the Pinelands Civic Centre and later at the Presbyterian church hall in Pinelands.

Grace decided to start a Monday afternoon class for the retired people, and anyone who was available for an hour and a half of quite easy dancing.

I took over from Grace quite a few years ago with Wednesday nights and the Monday afternoon classes but when the police station opposite the church hall moved elsewhere it was very dark and everyone felt rather vulnerable, so we closed the evening class and just continued with Monday afternoons at the church hall.

But alas time had taken its toll on most of us, with bad backs, knees, hips etc., and the class has just got smaller and smaller.  So on the 3rd October 2016 we had our closing down tea party, only a small affair with few past dancers invited.

I want to thank all who played a part in our Scottish Country Dancing class at Pinelands, we all think of it as a happy, fun class in fact sometimes we did more laughing than dancing.  I have made so many dear friends and have the happiest of memories of my years of dancing.

May you all have as much joy, pleasure and fun with your dancing, as we all did at Pinelands.

Fondest love to you all. 

Beryl Stephens.

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