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Heather and Thistle

Scottish Country Dancers

Columbus, Ohio

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Curious about Scottish Country Dancing? 




Important: Due to winter weather advisory and other issues, the class for January 5, 2017 has been cancelled. Please come and join us next week (January 12).


Classes resume on September 15!


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 – 8**

* = 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 Recreational Folk Dancers of Columbus (of which we are a member group) will be holding their annual Midwinter Dance on January 14, 2017 from 7:30-11 pm at the 4th Avenue Christian Church in Columbus.  Details and a map are on the flyer at http://recfolkdancecolumbus.org/RFDCMidwinter.pdf

The Columbus Burns Celebration is Saturday, January 28th.   We have been invited to do a dance, but Laura still needs dancers to volunteer in order for us to participate.  Please let her know as soon as possible if you could join us.

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.