RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 19th Annual Fàilte Dance

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014
What is It?: "Fàilte" means welcome in Gaelic, and all Scottish dancers, beginners and experienced, are most welcome*! The Fàilte Dance is intended to be a gentle introduction to the ball scene for newer dancers, and a fun night for all. Enjoy a scrumptious dessert buffet, 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 dance notes (PDF)

Place: Triune Masonic Lodge
1898 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul, MN
 Doors Open at 6:30pm. Grand March at 7:00pm
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 dessert buffet 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 Tom Harries, 10520 Beard Avenue S, Bloomington, MN 55431 Please be sure to indicate whether you need hospitality. If you would like dance directions mailed to you, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. (PDF)

Accomodations: We do our best to find hospitality for out-of-town guests. Please contact Kate Johnson, email: orisoncrafts [at] . Indicate how many people, how many beds are needed, and any special needs.
Other Activities:

  • There will be a ball practice (walking dances only) from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, December 4th, at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • There be a ball practice (dancing) from 11am to 1:30pm on Saturday, December 5th at Triune Masonic Lodge, 1898 Iglehart Ave in St. Paul.
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party, at the home of Fer Horn. Directions available at the ball.
For Further Information: Contact Kate Johnson (orisoncrafts [at] or Nathan Wilkowski (odhaerir [at]


»Download a PDF version of the dance instructions

Follow the links to find instructions and videos of dances
Waltz Country Dance 40 Waltz 2C rr RSCDS 4
The Legacy 32 J 3C Pinewoods Coll'n
The British Grenadiers 32 R 3C MMM
Light on the Water 32 S 3C Let's All Dance
Light and Airy 32 J 3C RSCDS 6
Hope Little's Strathspey 32 S 3CS Goldring/Graded & Soc. 2
The Merry Lads of Ayr 32 R 3C RSCDS 1
Collichur 32 J 3C RSCDS 30
The Lover's Knot 40 S 3C RSCDS 8
Thornycroft 32 R 2C Goldring/Graded & Soc.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 32 J 2C Boyd/Katherine's Book
The Balmoral Strathspey 32 S 4C RSCDS 22
The Reel of the Royal Scots 32 R 3C RSCDS Leaflet

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