Dance - Ball Schedule 2-4-15
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English & Scottish Country Dance Balls and Events-West Coast US & Canada
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3Healdsburg, CA
Bishop's Ranch Retreat (Scottish)
1/16/15
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Eugene, ORRobert Burns Dance (Scottish)1/17/15
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Vancouver, BC
Burns Supper and Dance (Scottish)
1/17/15
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Victoria, BCRobbie Burns Social (Scottish)1/17/15
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Calgary, ABBurns Night (Scottish)1/24/15
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Seattle, WA
Burns Night Celebration (Scottish)
1/24/15
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San Pedro, CABurns Supper and Ball (Scottish)1/24/15
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Jan 23, 2016-SatPasadena, CAJane Austin Evening
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Roseburg, ORMidwinter Ball1/31/15
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Feb 6, 2015-Fri2Oakland, CA
The Valentine's Day Ball (Scottish)
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Feb 14, 2015-SatVancouver, BC
Love to Dance Workshop & Dance (Scottish)
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Feb 14, 2015-SatLynnwood, WAValentine's Day Gala
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Feb 20, 2015-Fri3Edmonton, AB
Annual Workshop and Ball (Scottish)
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Feb 21, 2015-Sat2Santa Barbara, CAWinter Dreams Ball
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Feb 21, 2015-SatAlameda, CA
Duchess of Richmond's Ball-BAERS
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Feb 27, 2015-Fri3Seattle, WASeattle English Country Ball
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Mar 6, 2015-Fri2Canmore, AB
St Giles Workshop and Ball (Scottish)
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Mar 13, 2015-Fri3Aptos, CA
Spring Fever Weekend (Contras & English)
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Mar 14, 2015-Sat*Portland, ORPortland Ball (Scottish)
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Mar 21, 2015-SatVancouver, BC Golden Jubilee Ball
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Mar 27, 2015-Fri3
San Jose+Hayward, CA
Playford Ball - BACDS
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Mar 27, 2015-Fri3Victoria, BC English Country Ball-Victoria & Vancouver alt.
Flyer
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Mar 28, 2015-Sat*Victoria, BC
Vanisle Workshop and Ball (Scottish)
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Apr 3, 2015-Fri3Ashland, OR
Spring Ball Weekend - Heather & Rose
Note 6
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Apr 4, 2015-SatAlameda, CA"Pemberley 10 Years Later" Ball
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Apr 25, 2015-SatVancouver, WADinner Dance (Scottish)4/26/14
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May 1, 2015-Fri3Seattle, WACascadia English Country Dance Weekend
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May 1, 2015-Fri3Victoria, BCYouth Weekend West - Ages 15 to 30-ish (Scottish)
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May 9, 2015-Sat2San Diego, CAMay Faire Ball
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*Mayne Island, BCEnglish Country Ball5/3/14
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Las Vegas, NVJane Austin Ball5/17/14
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May 22, 2015-Fri4Seattle, WANorthwest Folklife Festival
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May 30, 2015-SatAlameda, CACongress of Vienna Ball-BAERS
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May 30, 2015-SatVancouver, BC
Ft. Langley 15th Anniversary Gala (Scottish)
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Jun 5, 2015-Fri3Sisters, OR
Suttle Lake Dance Camp-Heather&Rose
Note 6
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Jun 6, 2015-SatFullerton, CAAdmiral Nelson BallMore
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Jun 13, 2015-Sat2
Petaluma+Sebastopol,CA
Mad Robin Ball - NBCDS
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Jun 20, 2015-SatPetaluma, CABeginner's Ball (Scottish)
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Jun 21, 2015-Sun7Coeur d'Alene, IDLady of the Lake Music & Dance
Note 9
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Jun 27, 2015-Sat2Truckee, CA
Truckee Workshop & Dance (Scottish)
Note 7
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Jun 27, 2015-SatFriday Harbor, WA
Puget Sound Crossroads (Scottish)
Note 7
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Aug 15, 2015-SatSanta Cruz, CASummer by the Sea Dance (Scottish)
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Jul 31, 2015-Fri9Mendocino, CALark Camp
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Aug 16, 2015-Sun8Healdsburg, CAHey Days - BACDS English Week
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Sep 5, 2015-Sat?Pleasanton, CAJean Patrick Dance (Scottish) with Highland Games
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3Victoria, BCHands Across the WaterNote 79/5/14
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Sep 11, 2015-Fri3Ft. Worden, WAFt. Worden Workshop & Ball (Scottish)
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Sep 19, 2015-Sat
Emma's Ball at the Crown-BAERS
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Oct 3, 2015-SatPasadena, CAPlayford-to-the-Present Ball
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Oct 3, 2015-Sat? *Redmond, ORScottish Country Ball & Workshop (High Desert)
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Oct 9, 2015-Fri4Calgary, ABScottish Cultural Gathering
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Oct 16, 2015-Fri? 3Aptos, CAFall Frolick - BACDS
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*Eugene, ORHarvest Ball - Heather & Rose
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& 710/18/14
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3Medicine Hat, ABWorkshop, Banquet, and Ball10/24/14
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Oct 24, 2015-Sat2Bellingham, WA
BSCD Workshop & Ball (Scottish)
MoreN.7
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Nov 6, 2015-Fri3Portland, ORPortland English Country Ball Weekend
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Nov 13, 2015-Fri3Monterey, CAAsilomar Weekend Workshop (Scottish)
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Nov 21, 2015-Sat? *San Mateo, CAFall Ball - BACDS
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Nov 28, 2015-Sat
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San Francisco, CADickens Christmas Fair (English, Scottish, waltzes, +)Note 8
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El Segundo, CASt. Andrew's Ball (Scottish)
Note 7
11/22/14
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Calgary, ABSt. Andrew's Ball (Scottish)11/29/14
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Tustin, CAChristmas Ball (Scottish)N.712/13/14
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Vancouver, BC Gleneagles Ball (Scottish)N.712/14/14
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Calgary, ABHogmanay Dance (Scottish)12/31/14
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Comments? doug0brown0@gmail.comUpdated: 2/4/2015
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* Balls with reviews of ball dances and (sometimes) workshops the same day. Scottish balls rarely offer ball reviews. Instead, dancers practice at local dance groups or rely on written instructions often called "crib sheets."
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1. This is a list of English and Scottish country balls in Washington and Oregon, in British Columbia and Idaho (none yet), and in northern California down through the Bay Area. Events link to the most recent information available.
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2. Except as noted, balls usually take place on Saturday evenings to live music, preceded by a ball review in the afternoon. Organizers provide written dance instructions in advance. No partner is necessary to join.
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3. Most dancers wear festive clothing that is loose, cool, and easy to dance in. Dance shoes slip but don't slide. Kilts, formal wear, or costumes are not required, although regency events emphasize period clothing and atmosphere. However, some Scottish balls in Canada are formal: dancers wear full Highland gear and ghillies (shoes). Check.
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4. Newcomers have more fun when they join a group first and practice the dances--see links to groups above and below. Regency balls are good events to start with, because they tend to feature easier dances.
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5. The Bay Area English Regency Society (BAERS - based in Palo Alto, California) holds two or three balls a year.
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6. Heather and Rose Country Dancers hold balls with a mix of about 2/3 English and 1/3 Scottish country dances. Workshops are split between the two. Events are gender neutral--and single dancers can join the set.
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7. Links to .pdf files (event fliers) typically open with notices, such as the standard Microsoft warning that some files can contain viruses and users should be certain that sources are trustworthy. Just click on "OK" and you're in.
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8. The Dickens Christmas Fair takes place most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays over four weekends.
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9. Each day Lady of the Lake Camp offers 2 contra dances, a square dance, an English country dance, and a swing workshop. Evenings are mostly contra dancing, with the others mixed in. There are workshops for musicians.
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Introduction to Country Dancing
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A Video Introduction to English Country Dance by June Harman, ECD Vancouver, BC
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Dancing "Portsmouth" at the English Country Ball, Portland, Oregon - November 2010
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Dancing "The Homecoming" at the Suttle Lake (English) Dance Camp - June 2009
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Dancing "Pinewoods Reel" at the Scottish Country Ball, Bellingham, Washington - November 2009
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Articles introducing English country dance, a comparison with contra, and a discussion forum at ECD -
The English Country Dance Mailing List.
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An explanation of terms, figures, footwork, gender neutrality, and tips to make dancing more fun - Heather & Rose.
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Links to Videos, Groups, and Instructions
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Videos of English country dances (Childgrove--videos and instructions, also contra and a few Morris videos. Lambertville--videos. Panix--instructions and videos. Also search in youtube.com)
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http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/
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http://www.lambertvillecountrydancers.org/videolist3.html
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http://www.panix.com/~czslha/DanceSchedules/VC_EnglishCountryDances.php
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Local dance groups, see the Country Dance and Song Society (ECD and contra in the US and Canada) and ECD - The English Country Dance Mailing List (ECD meeting times in the U. S.).
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http://www.cdss.org/cdss-group-affiliates.htmlhttp://www-ssrl.slac.stanford.edu/~winston/ecd/hotbeds.htmlx
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English Country Dancing in Vancouver and Victoria, BC
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http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vanecd/http://vecds.bc.ca/
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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) for local groups, social dances, and highland games
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rscds-seattle.org
portlandscottishdancers.org
vancouverusa-scd.orgrscds-interbranch.org
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rscds-sf.orgviscds.carscdsvancouver.orgbellinghamscd.org
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Northwest contra dancing (sometimes including square and English country dancing) including camps:
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