In 2018 the Retford Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) celebrated 25 years membership of the RSCDS which promotes Scottish Country Dancing throughout the world.
Retford is also a member of The Association of Scottish Country Dance Societies (ASCDS) which promotes Scottish Country Dancing in the North-East Midlands. The ASCDS holds an Annual Festival, which this year was held for the first time in Retford on 12th May, at Retford Oaks Academy, Babworth Road, Retford DN22 7NJ.
The Festival was opened by the Mayor of Retford, Councillor Helen Richards and there were over 150 dancers representing 13 societies from the North East Midlands who danced a mixture of jigs, reels and strathspeys.
The Festival consisted of an afternoon dance which was open to members of the ASCDS and was hosted by Chesterfield Caledonian Dance Class, followed by an evening dance which was hosted by Retford and District RSCDS. Dancing for both sessions was to the live music of Chris Dewhurst and his Scottish Dance Band.
The Retford Branch start another season of dancing on 4th September. They meet on Tuesday evenings in the Dance Studio at Retford Oaks Academy from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. There are three types of dance — jigs and reels, which are quite lively, and the more sedate strathspey, all of which members dance each week.
It is a mixed ability group of all ages, and beginners and experienced dancers are very welcome to join. You don’t need to bring a partner as everyone mixes around; just a pair of comfortable shoes and most important of all, a sense of humour. So, if you are looking for something to do which involves gentle exercise of the body and mind, a chat and a laugh, then look no further.
To find out more about the Retford Branch, contact their secretary Bill Barratt on 01777 705182 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.retfordscottishdance.orgfree.com — or better still just come along on Tuesday evenings at Retford Oaks Academy, you will be most welcome.