RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 21st Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
What is It?: "Fàilte" means welcome in Gaelic, and all Scottish dancers, beginners and experienced, are most welcome*! The Fàilte Ball is intended to be a gentle introduction to the ball scene for newer dancers, and a fun night for all. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, and dancing in a semi-formal setting. All dances will have been taught at Monday night classes in October and November. Never been to a ball before and not sure what to expect? Check out our guide for the neophyte ball-goer and then grab your ghillies and join us on the dance floor.

*PLEASE NOTE: Although we consider this event to be "beginner-friendly," we do strongly recommend that dancers have some previous exposure to Scottish country dancing (a few classes at least) and familiarity with the terminology. Please contact us at info [at] if you have any questions about your ability to participate.

»Download 2017 Failte Ball Flyer/Registration Form (or use online registration below)

»Download dance notes (PDF)

Place: Howe Campus of Hiawatha Elementary School
3733 43rd Avenue S., Minneapolis
1:30pmDoors Open
2pmFestive promenade and dancing
5:30pm (approx)Optional group dinner outing at Himalayan Restaurant
Music: Thistledown (Anne Benson, Sherry Ladig, Pat O'Loughlin, and Ken Steffenson)
Tickets: $25.00
A discount of $5 is offered to students and those who are attending their first Scottish country dance ball.
Tickets for non-dancers are $10 (includes light refreshments and live music).

Online Registration
If you prefer not to pay online you can also register by completing a printable Registration and sending it, along with a check made out to RSCDS Twin Cities Branch to to Maggie Voth, 3084 Mildred Ave, Roseville, MN 55113. Please be sure to indicate whether you need hospitality.

Other Activities:

  • There will be an optional post-ball group outing for dinner at the Himalayan Restaurant 2910 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis. Please RSVP to the ball chairs if you will be joining us.
  • There will be a ball practice (walk-through of the dances) from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, December 1st, at Messiah Church, 1631 Ford Parkway, in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul
For Further Information: Contact Phyllis Bruce (pbceilidhdancer10 [at] or Cindy Davey (davey001 [at]


»Download a PDF version of the dance instructions

Canadian Barn Dance March Traditional Ceilidh
Machine Without Horses 32 J 3C RSCDS 12
Out Among the Stars 32 S 3C McKinnell
Bonnie Charlie 32 R 4C Stern/Let's All Dance
Tarry a While 32 J 2C RSCDS Graded
Charles Stuart 32 S 3C MMM
Crom Allt 32 R 3C Goldring/24 Graded & Soc.
Lady Wynd 32 J 3C Goldring/Graded & Soc.
Castle in the Glen 32 S 3C Boyd/Southern Cross
Sleepy Maggie 32 R 3C RSCDS 11
Joie de Vivre 32 J 3C RSCDS 39
MacDonald of the Isles 32 S 3CS Carnforth 2
Reel of the Royal Scots 32 R 3C RSCDS Leaflet

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