Love to Dance Scottish Workshop & Dance – March 4

Love to Dance Workshop and Dance
Saturday March 4
Scottish Cultural Centre

Teachers: Rebecca Blackhall-Peters, Gael Forster
Afternoon Dance Musician: Mary Ross


Pre-Registration is required for Workshop.
Dance only may be paid at the door.

Registration available online at  Love To Dance Registration or email
For more information contact: Jean Wagstaff: 604.371.1939 or Fran Caruth: 604.922.6842

Full vaccination for COVID is required. Please be prepared to show proof.  Other COVID protocols as required by PHO directives.

The RSCDS Vancouver Branch will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to property or injury to dancers or visitors during this event.

Plan for the Day

8:30 Registration – coffee and muffins served 
9:00 All Warm Up Together 
9:15 – 10:45 First Class 
Hydration Break 
11:00 – 12:30 Second Class 
Please bring a lunch with you. We will be providing a vegetable soup and dessert as well as tea and coffee. 
2:00 to 5:00 Afternoon Dance with music by Mary Ross. Light refreshments only during the afternoon. Scroll down for programme and dance notes


Pre-registration is required for workshop:
Full day workshop & dance…….……$60 
With New Member Coupon………….$45 
Full-time student…………….…………$45 
Dance only…………………….……….$20 (may be paid at the door)
Register Online using PayPal or credit card at   Love To Dance Registration or email
Choosing Your Level for the workshop: It may help to discuss your class level with your teacher.

Basic: This class will focus on basic steps and the most popular formations, helping you improve your dancing and giving you the skills to learn new dances more easily. Some previous attendance at Scottish Country Dance classes is essential. In this class you will have fun learning the “moves”.

Intermediate: Dancers must be able to dance all the basic steps and formations confidently. This class will work on increasing your awareness of team work, handing, phrasing, and covering as well as expanding your repertoire, enabling you to dance more complicated dances.

Dancers may be reassigned at the discretion of teaching staff.
Dancers under 16 years of age accepted only with special permission.

AFTERNOON DANCE – 2pm to 5pm

A fun programme with great music. If you miss the morning, then join us in the afternoon. Suitable for all dancers. 
PROGRAMME                                Dance Notes
The Duke of Atholl’s Reel (J)
Shiftin’ Bobbins (R)
The Saint John River (S)
The Frisky (J)
J. B. Milne** (R)
Autumn in Appin** (S)
Newburgh Jig (J)
Flowers of Edinburgh (R)
Northern Lights (S)
Macleod’s Fancy** (J)
The Gentleman** (S)
Reel of the Royal Scots (R)
**some prior knowledge needed for these dances


Rebecca was born and raised in the Fraser Valley and now lives in Summerland in the Okanagan and teaches regularly in Penticton. In 1995 when she was living near Vancouver, Rebecca took up Scottish Country Dancing and earned her Teachers’ Certificate in 2001. For many years Rebecca taught a weekly class in Fort Langley and was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Demonstration Team. She has taught workshops throughout North America and has been a core teacher at the TAC Summer School and at St. Andrews Summer School in Scotland.

If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that Gael loves Scottish Country Dancing. Gael started at age 8 in Vancouver and hasn’t stopped since. She has had the good fortune to be part of a demonstration team in 3 Canadian cities, beginning with a teenage team led by Mary Anderson. She has many vivid memories of dance classes, rehearsals, and teaching exams in the Scottish Cultural Centre and is delighted to be invited to join the Love to Dance event in 2023. Gael now lives in Victoria, BC and is currently teaching the Intermediate class for the Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society.


MARY ROSS – Accordion
Mary Ross lives in Victoria, BC, and is a member of the Van Isle Scottish Country Dance Society and the RSCDS Vancouver Branch. She has enjoyed providing music for Scottish Country Dance events since 1991 and was honoured to receive the Bobby Brown Memorial Scholarship at TAC Summer School 2015. Among her other pursuits she has been a Feis Musician for Irish Dance competitions, an accordionist for German Schuhplattler Dancers, and an accompanist for a Scottish musician/comedian for 35 years. She has been an accompanist to the Victoria Police Chorus since 2000.

Lukasz Wieczorek – Fiddle
Lukasz has been playing for various Scottish Country Dance events in Vancouver since 2012. He also plays viola in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the West Coast
Symphony. Welcome Lukasz, so glad to have you as one of our class musicians at this years Love to Dance workshop.

Cathrine Conings – Piano
We are so lucky to have Cathrine playing again for our workshop classes. Cathrine plays in the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra as well as the ceilidh group ‘Calanais’. Multi-talented Cathrine teaches dance at both the Burnaby and Kerrisdale SCD clubs.


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