Spring Workshop and Dance Registration now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that full details are available for our May 6 Spring Dance event at St. Peter’s in Del Mar (click here for a map link)

The first workshop class will be at 12:00-2:00 with David Tague from Orange County. This will be his last Scottish Dance workshop before he moves eastward! Come polish your dance steps with a renowned instructor!

The second class will be from 2:30-4:00 with our own Marjorie McLaughlin. Learn about how the relationship between the music and the dance with an esteemed teacher!

Each of the classes and the evening’s dance will be accompanied with live music by Judi Nicolson of Katy, TX and Andy Imbrie of San Francisco, CA.

The evening’s dance will begin at 6:30, following a sherry reception at 5:45.


Registration is now open for the exciting event! Download a flyer with a registration form by clicking this link.

Please send in your registration form by April 29,


Fiddler Judi Nicolson recently played at a Scottish Fiddler’s of Los Angeles concert. They have a lovely biography of her here.

Pianist Andy Imbrie plays frequently for Scottish Country Dance classes and events, including in the band Reel of Seven. A biography of him can be found on the San Francisco branch website, here.


Save the date: May 6, 2017 Spring Workshop and Dance

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Spring 2017 event to be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, CA on May 6, 2017.

We will be holding two workshop sessions, followed by a dance.

The schedule for the day will be:

12:00 – 2:00  Dancing Workshop featuring guest teacher David Tague

2:30 – 4:00  Music for Scottish Country Dancing and Dancers featuring guest teacher Marjorie McLaughlin

6:30   Evening Dance featuring live music by Judi Nicolson from Houston, TX on Fiddle, and Andy Imbrie from San Francisco, CA on Piano


2016 OC Christmas Ball on 10 Dec

The Orange County branch will be hosting their Andrew Rankine Memorial Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Tustin Senior Center with music by Hood, Wink and Swagger. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with dancing beginning at 7:00 PM. There will be a buffet during the first intermission. Cost is $30 for members, $32 for non-members, and $20 for non-dancers. Click here to download the full flyer, including directions.

OC Christmas Ball 2016 Flyer


A Ceilidh and a Book Launch

Ceilidh to celebrate Lisa M Birk, author of Captured: The Finlays and the FaeOn October 23rd, we were invited to dance at a ceilidh at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room to celebrate the launch of Lisa M. Birk’s debut novel, Captured: The Finlays and the Fae. Lisa is one of our dancers, and she often dances with us at our beginner classes or our social classes. We were thrilled to celebrate Lisa’s fantastic achievement with her.

Jeanne and Marjorie, with the help of many of our branch dancers, introduced Lisa’s family, friends, and fans to Scottish ceilidh dancing as a complement to the Scottish setting of Lisa’s novel. You can’t help but smile when you are dancing a ceilidh, and this was no exception. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We even convinced the bartender to join us for a few dances!

Check out these videos of the crowd dancing Dee’s Dandy Dance and The Flowers of Edinburgh:

Congratulations on the launch of your book, Lisa!


2016 Christmas Dance on 4 Dec

Join us Sunday, December 4, 2016 for an afternoon Christmas dance in our Poway location.

Doors open at 2:00 PM.

The after party will be a Soup Potluck hosted by the McLeods. Directions for the after party will be provided at the dance. Pot-luck sign up available in class. Non alcoholic drinks provided; otherwise, BYOB.

Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

Click here to download the dance cues.

2016 Christmas Dance Program


2016 Interbranch Dance

The fall dancing season kicked off on Saturday with the annual Interbranch Dance. Steve and Julie Wyrick played for about 70 dancers at Tustin Senior Center.

Almost a dozen San Diego dancers attended. This is a favorite event for many of us. We brush off the cobwebs and get ready for the many dances and events in the fall and holiday season. The floor at the Tustin Senior Center is excellent, and it’s always a treat to dance to live music, and to catch up with farther-flung friends.


We look forward to an active dance season!

Here’s a video of one of the dances:


Kelly’s Journey

Friday was the last night that Kelly was dancing with us before heading out on a cross-country gap-year trip with her husband. In her honor, Ray composed a dance titled “Kelly’s Journey.” Here is a video of that dance, danced by the Friday night class members.

Kelly has been an active member for several years, and has helped the board create this new website!

She has promised to be our branch ambassador to Scottish Country Dance classes around the country. We will miss dancing and working with Kelly, and wish her and her husband the very best in safe and adventurous travels.