HARPENDEN Scottish Country Dancing Club was formed in 1955 having as its aims the promotion of Scottish Country Dancing. Since then it has always put special emphasis upon providing an opportunity for experienced dancers to meet and dance the newer and more challenging dances. It is a tribute to its founders that these objectives remain forefront in the Club's activities. Having said that we recognise that it is our privilege and responsibility to provide an opportunity for beginners to take their first steps. At the moment our beginners class is not operating but we are working on it.
The Club meets every Tuesday evening throughout the year, except August and the Christmas and New Year Period, at Lourdes Hall, Southdown Road, Harpenden, HERTS AL5 1PF
The evening is lead by a practiced member of the club who devises a weekly programme of around 12 dances aimed at the experienced dancer. Most of the dances will be taken from a core of 150 popular dances maintained by the Silver Cross Dance Group (see Contacts & Links) but others may be chosen by the leader for that evening. If necessary dances will be "talked" through, some will be “walked” as a demonstration by one of the sets, chosen at random from those on the floor, but if it is new, it will be “walked” by all sets.
There is no step practice and dancers are expected to be familiar with standard formations and steps. We currently start at 7:45 to practice, on request, movements, such as rondelle or diamond pousette, before the normal dancing starts.
Evening Fees are £2.50 for members and £3.00 for non-members but regular attendees are expected to take up membership of the Club, at an annual subscription of £3.00, and to take on other matters relating to its smooth running.
That the Club is a very friendly one, goes without saying and whether dancers come as singles, couples, or groups they can be sure of a genuine welcome..
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The Club usually holds an Annual Ball on the first Saturday in March of each year. Dancing is always to a first class Scottish Country Dance Band and the Ball attracts dancers from the surrounding counties and beyond. Our programme is always a mixture of traditional and modern.