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Heather and Thistle

Scottish Country Dancers

Columbus, Ohio

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Important: Due to conflicting schedules, the end of season Party has been moved to JUNE 1, 2017. Please join us over the next few weeks as we wind up for the summer.  Tracey Applebee will be teaching on May 25, so be sure to come for a special evening. 

Notes of interest:

    1.  Plan to join us for our end-of-season class party on June 1 (NOTE date change)

    Reeling Around will play the following dances that night:

    The Highland Fair JIG 8×32
    Orpington Caledonians REEL 8×32
    Midsummer Common STRATHSPEY 8×32
    The Wild Geese JIG 8×32
    Piper and the Penguin REEL 1×88
    Miss Eleanor STRATHSPEY 3×32
    Tribute to the Borders JIG 8×32
    Catch the Wind REEL 8×32
    1. 2.    Diane Klann is organizing the SCD at the Ohio Scottish Games this year on June 24.  Be sure to let her know if you can dance a dance!   The briefs can be downloaded from the events calendar on the website (http://www.rscdscincinnati.org/events/)




      Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church (Map)

      1234 South 4th Street

      Columbus, Ohio 43206

      Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30

      2016 Class Dates

      September 15 – 22 – 29

      October 6 – 13 – 20* – 27

      November 10 – 17

      December 1 – 8**

      2017 Class Dates

      January 5 – 12 – 19 – 26

      February 2 – 9 – 16 – 23

      March 2 – 9 – 16 – 23 – 30

      April  6 – 13 – 20 – 27

      May 4 – 11 – 18 – 25

      June 1**

      * = HnT All-Group Meeting (meet at 7:30-8:30; dancing afterwards)

      ** = HnT Class Party Night

      If you are traveling to join us, check to be sure we will be dancing. We sometimes (although rarely) cancel in the event of hazardous road conditions or other unusual circumstances, so if you are concerned, call or email.

      For class information, contact
      Laura Russell by email
      or by phone at



      The Heather’N’Thistle Workshop and Ball will not be held in 2017.  

      We are hoping to add a few smaller events over the next few months.  Stay tuned.  And if you have ideas, contact Laura or Sue.


      Click  Here for Briefs of the Current Demo Dances
      If your organization would like to schedule Heather and Thistle for a demo
      please contact Laura Russell or  Margaret McCullough

      We generally do several demos each year, including the Tartan Day celebration in Reynoldsburg, OH in early April.  Tartan Day 2017 is scheduled for April ?, and we plan to be dancing.

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      Videos of Scottish Country Dancing

      The following links to videos of Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) on the web will give you an idea of what it is that we do.  These videos show a range of dancing groups, many of them highly skilled. Don’t get discouraged; you don’t need to have a kilt or a ballgown or any other special costume, nor to know the steps before you come.  Part of being a member group of the RSCDS is a commitment to the teaching of the dancing.  The best way to find out about SCD is to come and join us.