Fàilte Ball 2023

Saturday, 2 December 2023
with music by Thistledown

Join us at Olivet Congregational Church (1850 Iglehart Ave, St. Paul MN) for an afternoon of fun, beginner-friendly* dances, live music, and light refreshments. The dance will be followed by a potluck dinner at the home of a member.

Live music will be provided by Thistledown: Anne Benson (Flute, hammer dulcimer), Sherry Ladig (piano), Pat O’Loughlin (squeezebox, percussion, etc.), and Ken Steffenson (fiddle).

Attending your first Scottish country dance ball? Here’s some tips on SCD etiquette and what to expect at a ball.

Please be aware of and prepared to comply with the RSCDS-Twin Cities Branch COVID-19 Safety Policy Please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it if requested.

Tickets and Registration

Register online or print the registration form and mail it or bring it to Monday night class with a check

Standard ticket price – $30.00
First time attending a Scottish country dance ball – $25.00
Music and refreshments only (non-dancer) – $10.00


7pm-9pmBall practice @ Zorongo, 3715 Minnehaha Ave, Ste C Minneapolis, 55406
(we will walk through most of the dances on the program)
1:30pmDoors Open @ Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul, 55104
2pmFestive promenade and dancing
There will be shortbread and tea during the break
6:00pm (approx)Potluck dinner at the home of Fer Horn in St. Paul (directions available at the dance) — Please bring a dish to share

Related event: RSCDS-Twin Cities members, Janna and Joe, are also members of Sospiri, a baroque music
ensemble. Sospiri will be having concerts at 7:30 Friday and Saturday nights at Olivet
exploring the theme of lament in early music. If you’re not attending the Friday walk-through
or don’t want to linger at the potluck, consider an evening of early music. There will be some
Scottish baroque pieces on the program. Use the code “RSCDS” for $10 off your ticket at https://www.sospiri.org/sospiri-di-lamento/

2023 Fàilte Ball Dance Program

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Name Type Shape Publication
Cumberland ReelJ324/4LRSCDS I
Lady Jean Murray's RantS322/4LRutherford: RSCDS X
The CaterpillarR324/4LCarr: Let's All Dance Too
Collie LawJ322/4LGoldring Graded 1
MonymuskS323/4LPreston (18C): RSCDS XI
Catch the WindR323/4LButterfield: RSCDS XLV


Ecclefechan FelineJ323/4LMcMurtry: Petit Chat
The BarmkinR884SGoldring: RSCDS Graded 2
A Trip to TallinnS323/3LLingnau
Flowers of EdinburghR323/4LRSCDS I
Light on the WaterS323/4LKass: Let's All Dnc 1
Postie's JigJ324/4LClowes: RSCDS 30 popular, Vol 2

*PLEASE NOTE: Although we consider this event to be “beginner-friendly,” we do assume that dance participants have some previous exposure to Scottish country dancing (a few classes at least) and familiarity with the terminology. Please contact us at info [at] rscds-twincities.org if you have any questions about your ability to participate.

Past Fàilte Balls