Arthur's Scottish Country Dance page…

HV Branch logoRSCDS & RSCDS Australia pages

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) – Edinburgh (Head Office)
RSCDS AustraliaScottish Country Dancing in Australia

RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch

Main Page (page hosted on RSCDS Australia)
Coming Events (page hosted on RSCDS Australia) – or see below…
Hunter Valley Branch membership form

The Rant (Branch newsletter – page hosted on RSCDS Australia)
If you want previous editions (from March 2013) contact .
If you have anything to contribute to The Rant please contact .

Gosford class (page hosted on RSCDS Australia)
Strath Hunter class is not being held at present.

Events in the Hunter Branch area

… including links to Arthur's Strathspey Server dance event listings (shown as <Dance details> where they have been created). These listings show dance cribs, diagrams, videos, additional information, etc. where available for each dance.

Note: Events, especially regular classes in 2021, are subject to approval under COVID-19 restrictions and may or may not occur!

For more information refer to flyers in the current edition of The Rant (July 2021)
or contact Allyn Douglass ( or phone 0422 747 965).

6:45 pm (Wed) Gosford class – Church of Christ Hall, 299 Henry Parry Drive, Wyoming

7:30 pm (Fri) Colleges class – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd, Adamstown
In view of the NSW government restrictions for regional NSW with dance … classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn) the Colleges class has been cancelled until further notice. Please keep an eye on the NSW Government website for information, and we will try to keep you updated as well.

18 September (Sat)
Hunter Valley Branch Annual General Meeting
Due to Newcastle's lockdown restrictions the AGM will be conducted by e-mail. Contact Allan Douglas if you need further information at or phone 0422 747 965.
Dora Creek Community Hall, 2 Doree Place, Dora Creek.
Enquiries to Allyn Douglass at or phone 0422 747 965.

30 Sept. (Thu) –
3 October (Sun)
Scottish Country Dance and Music Mini School, Canberra – Cancelled

5-7 November Colleges Riverwood Downs WeekendCancelled

27 November (Sat) Hunter Valley Branch St Andrews Social <Dance details><Crib>
Featuring Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt
6–7pm Pre-dance walk through, 7pm Drinks and nibbles, 7:30 Dancing
Adamstown Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Brunker & Glebe Roads, Adamstown

Additional Scottish Country Dancing Internet resources

Dance Videos [Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary]
Dance Instructions [Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary]
Scottish Country Dance Database [Strathspey Server]

Teacher Training Unit 2 Dances
RSCDS: Videos + Dance descriptions & diagrams
Strathspey Server: Videos, dance descriptions and diagrams

Some of Arthur & Julia Scottish Country dances…
Arthur's Reel – Julia
Bavarian Double – Arthur (instructions courtesy of Marney Wilson)
Let's Get This Sorted – Julia
Portarlington Beckons – Arthur

A Summer (Northern Hemisphere) Celebration [2020!]

RSCDS Headquarters has been very proactive in these times, and has prepared a whole programme of activities under the title “Dance Scottish – A Summer Celebration” with music workshops and dance classes which were recorded so they can be viewed online after the event. Ros McKie, on behalf of the Hunter Valley Branch, prepared one of these classes, and our production can be viewed on Arthur Kingsland’s RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch video playlist on his YouTube channel:

Download Size Warning: If you are intending to watch these videos on your mobile phone and you have issues with your monthly download allocation you need to know that watching these videos in high resolution (the default) will use up about 1-1.5 GB to view them once each! If your mobile phone is using a Wi-fi connection then you are probably OK.

The whole production (as packaged) has four parts (but due to time constraints only the first 3 were shown during the online class):

  1. Ros McKie details the history of Australian Winter Schools illustrated with slides from various schools around Australia and then discusses the 43rd School in 2018.
  2. Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt play some tunes and explain how they approach playing music for dancing and highlight what makes them different from other Scottish Dance musicians.
  3. The teaching of a new dance, Let's Get This Sorted – Bars 1 to 32, written by Julia Smith using various movements that best accommodate our current circumstances avoiding the need to give hands.
  4. Let's Get This Sorted – Bars 33 to 64. It is useful to see the second time through to understand the sequence when starting in your partner's place.

There is a fifth video which, with slight editing, combines all 64 bars of Ros' teaching for Julia's dance Let's Get This Sorted. Dance instructions can be downloaded here: Let's Get This Sorted by Julia Smith.

In case you were looking for it, here's a link to the Newcastle Irish Set Dancers website.

Arthur's comic!