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Every week, we run regular classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and every other Thursday, but there are also a number of other Scottish dancing-related events happening in the area! Many of these are run outside the OUSDS – these are marked with a . Click the image for a link to the Facebook page with more details and to see who else is going. There are also events happening outside term-time, so keep an eye out on the list and in the emails.

Hilary 2014

Oxfordshire Branch Burns Night Dance – Sat 18th January 2014, Benson Village Hall

To the music of the Craigellachie band. More info to follow here.

RSCDS Youth Workshop – Sat 18th January 2014, Cambridge

Workshop followed by an evening dance. There will be two class levels, intermediate and advanced, and there will also be highland and ladies' step class options.
Cost: £15 (£18 for non-members). More info available here.

RSCDS Oxfordshire Branch Day School – Sat 15th February 2014, 9.30am-10.30pm, Headington School, Oxford

This is a very good day: first rate teachers and musicians and a jolly dance in the evening. It is fine to go for just part of the day. There are classes in the morning and afternoon and then Strathallan are playing for the evening dance.
Cost: Undergraduates are half-fee. More details here.

Oxford and Cambridge Highland Ball '14 – Sat 22nd February 2014, 7.30pm-11.30pm, Chesterton Community College, Cambridge

Music by Luke Brady's Scottish Dance Band (featuring Lindsey Buttonfinder).
Cost: £15 (£20 for non-students), including meal. More info here or contact Edmund Croft. A crib is available.

Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival – Fri 28th February-Sun 2nd March 2014, Edinburgh

An awesome folk festival with all kinds of music, dancing (Lindy hop to clog-dancing, Chinese peacock dancing to American square, and everything in between - Danish? Italian? Tudor? Swing?), ceilidhing (featuring among others, Ceilidh Me Softly), etc. More info here.

RSCDS Borders Branch Day School – Sat 8th March

Half-price for students, so only £14 even for non-RSCDS members! Teachers include the lovely Raphaele Orgeret, from Lyon, France, who is always great fun. If you are interested in attending, but need transport, let me know and we will see if we can arrange something. The Borders (Berks, Hants, Surrey) is a really friendly Branch, who have personally invited us and are keen to see as many young dancers at the Day School as possible, so we're sure of a good welcome. More details here, along with an application form, flyer and programme for the evening dance.

End-of-term Dance – Tue 11th March 2014, 7.30-11pm, Wesley Memorial Hall, Oxford

This will be a very jolly evening. We'll dance the dances we've been learning in the Tuesday classes this term. Wednesday classes will be open to all in 6th and 7th Week, where we'll be covering the trickier dances on the programme. Please bring finger food to share.
Cost: £5 for members & £7 for non-members.

Easter vacation

RSCDS Spring Fling – Fri 18th-Sun 20th April 2014, Lyon, France

Spring Fling is a merry do and a good taster for Summer School. A number from OUSDS go each year. For the first time Spring Fling is being held overseas, in France. All in the spirit of Ensign Ewart and the Auld Alliance.
More details here and here, and we'll tell you more as we organise it later on in the year.

Summer vacation

RSCDS Summer School – Sun 20th July-Sat 17th August 2014, St Andrews

This is an excellent course with first rate teachers and musicians, and jolly good beaches and a sea to paddle in. Most people go for a week (OUSDS usually aim for 2nd week - 27th July - 3rd Aug), and it's great fun (and improves your dancing too!). There are classes during the day at every level with wonderful teachers and musicians, and dancing every night (plus after-party dancing too), with people from all over the world, in sunny St Andrews. Plus beautiful beaches and amazing ice-cream, if you need any further incentive!
More details available here.