RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 22nd Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
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 2018 Failte Ball Flyer/Registration Form (or use online registration below)

»Download dance notes (PDF) (Updated 2 Dec 2018)

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 Himalyan Restaurant (pay your own way)
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 are joining us for dinner at Himalayan following the ball, please enter the number of people in your party
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 a ball practice on Friday evening, December 7th, 7pm-9pm, Messiah Church, 1631 Ford Parkway, in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul.
  • There will be an optional post-ball group outing for dinner at the Himalayan Restaurant 2910 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis.
For Further Information: Contact Angie McCracken (smile4ang [at] or Miriam Strahn (miriam.lablady [at]


»Download a PDF version of the dance instructions (Updated 2 Dec 2018)

Follow the links to find instructions and videos of some of the dances
Alyth Promenade 32 J 3C Goldring (variation)
Seann Triubhas Willichan 32 S 2C RSCDS 24
Corn Rigs 32 R 2C RSCDS 4
New Jear Jig 32 J 3C RSCDS 51
Wisp of Thistle 32 S 3C RSCDS 37
Duke of Perth 32 R 3C RSCDS 1
St. Bernard's Waltz 16 Waltz Trad Ceilidh
Trip to Gatlinburg 32 J 3C Tang
Far From Home 32 S 3C Tayside 2
Piper and the Penguin 88 R 4C sq RSCDS Scotia
Jill's Gentle Jig 32 J 3C Wilson/Measures of Pleasure
Castle in the Glen 32 S 3C Boyd/Southern Cross
Deil Amang the Tailors 32 R 3C RSCDS 5

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