Grand Ball 2022

2022 grand ball logo - ace, two, and three of thistles with the text "third times a charm"

Let’s hope the third time’s the charm! Plan to join us the weekend of 22-24 April 2022 for our 46th Annual Grand Ball Weekend. The highlight is of course the grand ball itself, on 23 April at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis, featuring live music by Terpsichore (Elke Baker, fiddle and Liz Donaldson, piano)

Please be aware of and prepared to comply with the RSCDS-Twin Cities Branch COVID-19 Safety Policy

Schedule | Program | Silent Auction | Musician Info

Tickets and Registration

Register and pay online or use this printable registration form to pay by check.
Register by April 9 if you wish to join us for dinner

Dinner and dancing — $65.00
Dinner and dancing (low income/student rate)* — $40.00
Dancing only (no dinner) OR dinner only (listening & watching but no dancing) — $40.00
Listening & watching only (no dancing, no dinner) — $20.00

Dinner menu:
Choice of
– Wild rice and cranberry stuffed chicken breast with herb cream sauce and a side of plum chutney
– Seared salmon with capers
– Roasted cauliflower steak with olive tapenade
Roasted assorted vegetables
Side salad and roll.

*We welcome everyone – if $40 is still too much, contact the Branch treasurer/registrar, Maggie (registrar [at]


7:30pmHouse Concert by Terpsichore hosted by Joe Dolson and Janna Kysilko in St. Paul – Reserve your seat!
1pmBall practice @ Women’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403
5:30pmDoors Open @ Women’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403
7pmGrand march and dancing and silent auction
Following the ballAfter-glow party @ the home of Dan and Lara Friedman-Shedlov in Minneapolis
10:00amBrunch @ the home of Carol Mordorski in Roseville

2022 Grand Ball Program

PDF/print-friendly instructions

No. Name Type Shape Publication
1 EH3 7AF J32 3/4L Goldring: RSCDS XL
2 Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan R32 5/5L Goldring: RSCDS 30 popular, Vol 2
3 Delvine Side S32 3/4L Campbell: RSCDS II
4 Rodney's Rant J32 3/4L Dix: QE Diamond Jubilee
5 Lady McGowan's Dream S32 2/4L Ways: Bicentennial+7
6 Shiftin' Bobbins R32 3/4L Clowes: RSCDS 30 popular, Vol 2
7 The Wild Geese J32 3/4L RSCDS XXIV
8 Mathilde is a Delight S32 3/3L Orgeret: RSCDS L
9 Festival Fling R32 3/4L Davison: RSCDS XLIV
10 Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder J128 4S Hamilton: RSCDS 30 popular, Vol 2
11 Asilomar Romantic S32 3/4L Cuthbertson: RSCDS 30 popular, Vol 2
12 Mrs MacLeod R32 3/4L RSCDS VI
13 Links with St Petersburg J32 3/4L Brown: RSCDS XLVI
14 Janice S32 3/3L Friedman-Shedlov: 8 x 32
15 Ardmore Junction R32 3/4L Blim: Reeladelphia
16 The White Heather Jig J40 4/4L Cosh: 22 SCD
17 Invercauld's Reel S32 3/4L Bowman: RSCDS XI
18 Trip to Timber Ridge R32 3/4L Henderson: RSCDS LII
Strathspey SCD Database Cribs Diagrams

Silent Auction

We will hold a silent auction to benefit the ball and the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch. If you have an item or service to donate, please contact Meg Newswanger (mnswanger [at]

About the Musicians

Liz Donaldson

Liz Donaldson plays piano and accordion. She is known for her innovative back-up style incorporating exciting rhythms, textures, and harmony lines in her music. In addition to playing for Scottish, English and American contra dances, Liz teaches all these styles, and dances, too! She is a member of Terpsichore, Waverley Station, and The New Hip Trio. Her recordings include: A Dancer’s Best Friend (recently released), Caledonian MuseTerpsichoreWaverley Station: First Stop!, Memories of Scottish Weekend (1998) and More Memories of Scottish Weekend (’02), as well as English Echoes: English Country Dance Favorites (2006) and now English Echoes II: More English Country Dance Favorites (2018). Liz also has compiled two books of Scottish tune medleys. She has taught and played at numerous dance weekends and led music workshops including at Scottish Weekend, Pinewoods, and Asilomar, and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Liz is a 2017 recipient of the Royal Scottish Country Dance’s Scroll of Honor for her contributions to the dance and music of Scotland.

Elke Baker

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker has played all over North America and in places as far-flung as Japan, West Africa, and Scotland, as well at The Birchmere (with Ken Kolodner) and the Kennedy Center in her hometown of Washington, D.C.  Elke is a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music, where she teaches history and performance of Celtic music.  She brings a scholar’s depth of knowledge and an extremely engaging manner to her performances, as well as an intimate knowledge of just what makes people want to dance.  Elke’s Scottish country dance recordings, Terpsichore, Caledonian Muse, and A Dancer’s Best Friend feature favorite dances married to beautifully crafted medleys to create a feast for the ears as well as the feet.  Elke has released two concert recordings to an enthusiastic reception.  The Washington Post praised Glenelg for ” the rhythmic energy and deep emotions that Baker generates with her bow….Baker’s fiddle nearly throws off sparks,” while  Celtic Beat called Over the Border “a CD of rare delight, precise technical skill, and fullness of soul,” and it was featured in the soundtrack of The Boyhood of John Muir, nationally broadcast on PBS television.