In Memory

In our last edition of the Light & Airy, which was published in February, I reflected on the Burns Supper we had recently enjoyed, which included the wonderful music of Scotch Measure, under the leadership of Ken Nattrass, and the great tribute to the Immortal Memory given by Christine Wallace. None of us were to know that this would be the last time we would dance to Ken's excellent accordion playing, or ever share another Burns Supper with Christine. Their sudden deaths in the early days of March, Ken on the 5th and Christine on the 8th, have profoundly affected our Branch and we dearly miss their presence in our midst.

We are so indebted to Ken and Christine for their myriad of contributions to Scottish dancing, Scottish music, and the preservation of Scottish customs and culture. Equally so, we miss, and will continue to miss, their friendship and their enthusiasm for Scottish Country dancing. Rest eternal grant unto them, O God, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

2015 has not been an easy year for our Branch, and we are saddened with the passing on May 27 of Adam Laird, our friend and the founder of Scotch Measure. Adam was an excellent musician and a true gentleman, and our love and sympathy are extended to Rena and the family in their time of loss.

As we continue to remember Ken and Christine, and now Adam, the words the Queen offered to the people of New York after the 9/11 attack come to mind. She said: "Grief is the price we pay for love", and we certainly loved and cherished Adam, Ken and Christine. For all their many contributions to the life of the Branch and for their active promotion and advancement of Scottish Country Dancing, we give our heartfelt thanks to the One who gave them life and who put the spirit of the dance deep within each of them. With gratitude, grief, and profound love, we will remember them.

— Don Johnson, Chairperson Winnipeg Branch

Prairie Gold CD and Book of Dances

The Branch has produced a CD and accompanying book of dances to celebrate its 50th year of dancing. The music is played by Scotch Measure and all the dances have a local connection, all except one being devised by a past or current Branch member.

Click on the above link to hear samples of music, read a brief description of the dances, and get ordering information.

Learn the Basics of Scottish Country Dancing

The first step to a healthier lifestyle. This is not highland, but the social dancing of Scotland. No partner required to enjoy this social dance form to lively jigs and reels. Attend our Open House and Welcome Dance at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 830 North Drive at Point Road. See the Upcoming Events below. Beginner classes start on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 16. Go to the Members page for registration forms for the basic class.

Scottish Country Dancing

Dance to Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys and the occasional Hornpipe.

Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) provides pleasure and enjoyment for all ages. It is a sociable form of contra dancing in which dancers form two lines with couples facing each other. You don't need a partner — you dance with a different partner each dance. And where else can a man dance without pants?

Dances can be descriptive, celebratory, or just plain dances. You may dance the Saint John River, a lovely strathspey in which dancers trace the course of the Saint John River in New Brunswick, or smile at some Victorian naughtiness in Kiss Under the Stairs, or thumb your noses at your captors in The Reel of the 51st Division, devised by WWII Prisoners of War.

View the video and see the introduction page for more information.

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The Winnipeg Branch

The Winnipeg Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is an organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Scottish Country Dancing. Classes begin in September and are taught by teachers certified by the International Headquarters of the RSCDS.
Visitors are always welcome.

Visitors from other branches

Visitors from other branches are always welcome to join us for an evening of dancing. See our class schedule and list of events for times and places.

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Health benefits of Scottish Country Dancing

Several articles describing the health benefits of Scottish Country Dancing.

  • strengthening bones
  • improving memory
  • improving balance

Following is youtube video on why it is good for you to be involved in Scottish Country Dancing.

Click here for a great video on the health benefits of SCD

Have Questions?

You may find your answer here.

Mug Pub revisited

Mug Pub, sponsored by the Winnipeg Branch for 20 years, was an immensely popular pavilion at Folklorama . Enjoy some scenes from Mug Pubs past.

Scotch Measure

Playing music we love to dance to for over 30 years. Hear some samples.

Winnipeg Branch History

The Winnipeg Branch has been in operation since 1963 and has had many proud moments.

Upcoming Events

OPEN HOUSE

Wed, September 9, 2015 8 PM St. Paul's Church 830 North Drive No charge - Come out and find out how much fun Scottish Country Dancing is!!