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Scottish Country Dancing at St. Columba's Church, Knightsbridge

Dancing on Monday Evenings


St. Columba's Dancers is a thriving group of friendly social dancers who meet on Monday evenings on Monday evenings at St Columba's Church Hall, Pont St, London SW1X 0BD, from October to May.  We enjoy Scottish country dancing, usually to recorded music, and five or six times a year dance to a live band (band nights!). 

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

The risk associated with Covid-19 has reduced, nonetheless the virus remains with us. Dancers are reminded that they should continue to be cautious. Our Covid-19 Safety Guidelines have been updated on 14 February.  Please read them here.

Special events for the remainder of the 2021-22 season are:

Saturday 2 April 2022 *Combined Societies dance at St Columba's, Pont St
Monday 4 April 2022 Band night - Chris Oxtoby
Monday 23 May 2022 End of season Band night - Craigievar

* The Combined Societies' Dance is a joint event, hosted this year by London Highland Club and representatives from each of London Highland Club, RSCDS London branch, Little Ship and St. Columba's Dancers will MC the dance. The band will be Sandy Nixon and his Scottish Dance Band.

Scottish country dancing is fun and wonderful exercise for both body and mind. We welcome dancers of all ages and levels of experience and our dance programmes include simple dances for beginners as well as those for the more experienced.  We have an experienced team of MCs who are happy to call or walk through our dances so that everyone can join in.


You might like to come to the short practice session held at 7.15 on non band nights.  This will also give you a chance to meet the MCs and others before the dancing starts at 7.30.  The list of the dances for each week, together with the instructions (cribs) for each dance can be found on the
Diary page.  There are also links to the Dance Lists, which provide information on videos of the dances where these are available. 

If you would like a weekly email reminder of the next programme, please contact Graham Hamilton to ask to be added to the mailing list for St Columba's Dancers.

St. Columba's Lower Hall is a lovely place to dance.  Directions to the hall are given here.  You don't need to come with a partner or to wear a kilt, but should wear either pumps or soft, flat shoes (not trainers).  If you are coming for the first time, please make yourself known to us, or better still get in touch with Willie Lawrence, the convenor, beforehand.
 
There is no charge to attend the evenings (except for Band Nights) and dancers are asked to contribute 1.50 for tea and biscuits in the interval.

Links to the Church web-site and to other Scottish Country Dance groups which meet at St. Columba's are on the Links page.

Further details from Willie Lawrence at stcdconvenor@gmail.com.

We are attentive to the Covid situation and our Covid Safety Guidelines may be found here,

St Columba's at Pont Street is outside the Congestion Charge zone.  However, dancers should be mindful of the routes where the charge applies and of course the times that it applies.  Further information may be found here.

Dancers enjoying band night

History

St. Columba's Dancers was formed in 1941 to provide a social outlet for young Scots living in London.  In those days, it met on a Saturday afternoon and included singing and table-tennis.   Over the years it evolved into what it is today: an informal sociable gathering, now of many different nationalities.