RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 20th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015
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.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE:New time (afternoon) and location this year

»Download 2016 Failte Ball Flyer/Registration Form (or use online registration below)

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 (details TBA)
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 Mieux Williamsen, 4255 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407. 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)

Other Activities:

  • There will be an optional post-ball group outing for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Details TBA
  • There will be a ball practice from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, December 2nd, at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
For Further Information: Contact Hillary Walker (hillwalker [at]


»Download a PDF version of the dance instructions

Gay Gordons Polka Traditional Ceilidh
Hooper's Jig 32 J 3C MMM
Allt an Duin 32 R 3C Goldring/Gr. & Soc.
Fair Donald 32 S 3C RSCDS 29
Thornycroft 32 R 2C Goldring/Graded 2
Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel 32 J 3C RSCDS Graded
Saint John River 32 S 4C Centennial
Catch the Wind 32 R 3C RSCDS 45
Waltz Country Dance 40 Waltz 2C rr RSCDS 4
Black Donald 32 J 2C Carnforth 2
Muse Cottage 32 S 3CS Goldring/Auld Friends
Merry Lads of Ayr 32 R 3C RSCDS 1
Tarry a While 32 J 2C RSCDS Graded
Carleton Strathspey 32 S 3C Queen Collection
Reel of the 51st Division 32 R 3C RSCDS 13

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