2024 Full Covid vaccination required at all events.  See www.rscdsvancouver.org for more details.
Mar  5 Greetings!  Morris dancing has an ancient history, and is recorded as far back as the 15th century.  Morris is not social dancing, but it has many similarities to English country dance, with many similar figures.  While putting on a good performance is certainly important, it is really more for the dancers than for the audience.
The Vancouver Morris Men have been keeping this tradition alive for over 40 years, performing in a great variety of different venues, though we are most at home just appearing as if by surprise at some local festival or on the street. While we do about 15 performances per year, members are not expected to attend every one of them.
As our group ages, we have become very aware of the urgent need for some fresh blood, while we still have a viable group. The vast knowledge of our “old-timers” is invaluable and needs to be passed on directly while we still can.
We’ve gotten feedback that the breadth of dances we do can be a bit intimidating, so we’re going to hold a special practice session geared as an introduction to those of you who have had the fleeting thought that this is interesting but have been held back for this or any other reason (including procrastination!).
March is when we shift from Border Morris, the more sinister winter variation in the black costumes and “Zorro” masks, to the white outfits and more jovial dances. March 5 is the first practice for the “Cotswold” style, so it’s the perfect time to give it a try. (Or if not, mark September 3 in your calendar for the return to Border, we’ll do the same thing on that date).
So we hope to see you TUESDAY MARCH 5, 7-9 pm, at Lord Beaconsfield School in East Van:

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As is our tradition, there will be an apres-morris singing and music jam session afterwards at a location TBA.
We hope you will come and give it a try and help us preserve this ancient and treasured tradition. No commitments, and we promise to not harass you if you decide it’s not your thing!

Cheers,  The Vancouver Morris Men  https://vancouvermm.weebly.com/

Mar  9 Burnaby Spring Dance 2 p.m. Alan Emmott Centre, Burnaby Memorial Park, 6650 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby.  Live music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra – Admission $25
Mar 25 Ceilidh dance at Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – Free Class at 7 – 7:45.  Dance $15 (Students $10) with live music by Calanais from 8 – 10:30.  All dances taught, walked and called.  No partner or experience necessary.  Wear loose clothing (dancing is warm work) and flat, soft soled shoes.  Lots of fun and refreshments.  Cash only
Apr  7 Glenayre Spring Dance, 2 p.m. Old Orchard Hall, 646 Bentley Rd, Port Moody Admission $15
Apr  6 Cambrian Hall Ceilidh/Twmpath/Barn Dance, organized by the Vancouver Welsh Society.
Apr 20 RSCDS Vancouver Branch 60th Anniversary Ball 5:15 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with music by Scotlands own Marian Anderson & Max Ketchin  Join us for a champagne reception followerd by dinner, the grand march and dancing.  Stay after for the Soiree with shandy, punch & shortbread.  Tickets $125 (non members $135)
Apr 26 Ceilidh dance at Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – Free Class at 7 – 7:45.  Dance $15 (Students $10) with live music by Calanais from 8 – 10:30.  All dances taught, walked and called.  No partner or experience necessary.  Wear loose clothing (dancing is warm work) and flat, soft soled shoes.  Lots of fun and refreshments.  Cash only
Apr 28 Greetings from the Vernon Scottish Country Dancers.

Once again we are looking ahead and planning for our 25th annual WORKSHOP & CEILIDH which is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at Paddlewheel Park Hall.

We are delighted to announce that Louise McGillivray from the Vancouver Island SCDS in Victoria will be our instructor this year with music provided by Mary Ross who also hales from Victoria.

We hope that you can join us once again. Registration form, schedule for the day and ceilidh dances are attached.

Also please note that we are now able to take your payment via Etransfer as indicated on the Registration form.

 

We will be holding a “Meet and Greet”  7pm at the Knox Presbyterian Church Hall on Saturday evening (April 27th).

Wishing you lots of happy dancing!

Vernon Scottish Country Dancers

Contact: Kathy Drew 250-309-7868 Email: kathdin@shaw.ca

 

May  4 White Rock 70th Anniversary Tea Dance with music by Mary Ross.  1 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with refreshments to follow the dance.  Tickets $35 (non dancers by donation)  Contact Laurie 604-944-6678 or ljreel@telus.net
May 26 Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance, 2 p.m. at Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley.  It is our 25th anniversary with music by Kilbirnie Station.  Tickets $25 from Hermione – hermionezhangman@gmail.com