RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 18th Annual Fàilte Dance

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
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 print-friendly dance notes (PDF)

Registration instructions coming soon

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: $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
Printable Registration (PDF)

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 (walking dances only) from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, December 5th at Southwest Senior Center, 3612 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis 55409.
  • There be a ball practice (dancing) from 10:30am to 1pm on Saturday, December 6th 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

Oslo Waltz Waltz Mixer Traditional Ceilidh
The Provost Wynd 32 R 3C Goldring/24 Gr. & Soc.
Largo Law 32 S 3C MMM
Petronella 32 R 2C RSCDS 1
The Legacy 32 J 3C Pinewoods 2
Sandy O'er the Lea 32 S 2C MMM
Eightsome Reel 464 R 4C sq RSCDS 2
Highland Schottische 8 S Traditional Ceilidh
Joie de Vivre 32 J 3C RSCDS 39
The Dundee Whaler 32 S 4C Ormskirk
Edinburgh Castle Reel 32 R 3C RSCDS Children's
The Wild Geese 32 J 3C RSCDS 24
MacDonald of the Isles 32 S 3CS Carnforth 2
Reel of the 51st Division 32 R 3C RSCDS 13

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