RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 17th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
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 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 2013 Failte Ball Flyer/Registration Form (or use online registration below)

»Download print-friendly dance notes (PDF)

Place: The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul, MN
 Doors Open at 6:30pm. Grand March at 7:00pm
Music: Thistledown (Anne Benson, Sherry Ladig, Pat O'Loughlin, and Ken Steffenson)
Tickets: $20.00
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
Printable Registration

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

  • There will be a ball practice from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, November 30th (the weekend before the ball) at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave S in Minneapolis.
  • There be a ball practice from 10:30am to 1pm on Saturday, December 7th at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave S in Minneapolis.
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party, at the home of Jacob Holm in Minneapolis. Directions will be available at the ball.
For Further Information: Contact the Ball Chair, Bill Brown: drbillbrown [at]


»Download a PDF version of the dance instructions

Gay Gordons Polka Traditional Ceilidh
Machine Without Horses 32 J 3C RSCDS 12
Delvine Side 32 S 3C RSCDS 2
Domino Five 32 R 5ppl Carnforth 4
Tarry a While 32 J 2C RSCDS Graded
Seann Triubhas Willichan 32 S 2C RSCDS 27
Pint o' Ale is Fain 32 J 3C McMurtry/Devil's Quandary
Piper and the Penguin 88 R 4C sq RSCDS Scotia
Lady Wynd 32 J 3C Goldring/Graded & Social 2
Dalkeith's Strathspey 32 S 3C RSCDS 9
Duke of Perth 32 R 3C RSCDS 1
Blue Bonnets 32 J 2C RSCDS 3
Dundee Whaler 32 S 4C Ormskirk
Deil Amang the Tailors 32 R 3C RSCDS 5

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