RSCDS Spring Fling 2023 Toronto

May 26-28, 2023
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Spring Fling & Spring Fringe

2023 Toronto

Spring Fling 2023 Toronto will be the first Spring Fling to be held outside of Europe. Come and join us for this exciting event May 26-28 2023.

If you are between 12 and 35 years old, no matter whether you are a basic, intermediate level or expert Scottish Country Dancer, you are welcome to join us!  Over 35? Check out the Fringe for the same weekend on this website.

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Dance Venues and Accommodations

Fling & Fringe Weekend Programs

FRSTBTTN
Friday Dance Programme
R 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS Graded Book 2
J 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS 5/1982
S 8x32 3C/4C set
TAC 50 th
RSCDS 52
R 8x32 3C/4C set
MacCuish Bark leaflet
S 8x32 2C/4C set
RSCDS Leaflet
J 8x40 3C/4C set
Inverness Diamond Jubilee 60th
S 3x32 3C set
RSCDS 48
R 8x32 3C/4C set
Glasgow Assembly
* INTERVAL
J 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS leaqflet
RSCDS 37
S 8x32 3C/4C set
RSCDS 16
J 8x32 3C/4C set
Eddy West
R 4x40 4C set
Doris Robertson
S 8x32 2C/4C set
RSCDS 35
J 8x32 3C/4Cset
RSCDS 52
Carnforth 3
RSCDS 13
SCNDBTTN
  • Ceilidh Class
    with Linda Henderson
    Come and try some fun ceilidh dances that you probably haven't done before.
  • Dances with different Reels
    with Fiona Mackie
    A class with dances covering reels of three or four with a twist.
  • Dances with a Canadian Flavour
    with Gavin Keachie
    Learn some interesting local dances.
THRDBTTN
Saturday Ball Programme
Roy Golding
Roy Goldring
Barbara Taylor
8 x 40 J
Book 52
8 x 32 R
Don Bartlett
Cosh
8 x 32 J
Book 39
Book 36
8 x 32 R
John Drewry
* INTERVAL
RSCDS Leaflet
The Quinte Gathering
8 x 32 R
Craig Williams
8 x 32 S
Book 35
Book 5
Book 50
Book 23
John Drewry
Book 46
Book 52
Dance Venues and Accommodations

Where

Accommodation and dancing will take place at the beautiful Glendon Campus, York University, Midtown Toronto. All facilities used during the weekend are on campus

  • Accommodation will be in Hilliard Residence. From there, it’s a short walk down through the valley to the Athletic Club, where we will hold classes and dances.
  • Saturday evening we will have a buffet banquet dinner at Glendon Hall, followed by a ball at the Athletic Club.
Map of Glendon Campus
Getting to Toronto

How to Get Here

  • By Plane
    If you are arriving by plane you can fly in to either Toronto Pearson or Billy Bishop airport. There is public transit available from both airports. You can travel from Toronto Pearson to Union station by way of the “UP” train. There is shuttle service from Billy Bishop to Union station. From Union station take Public Transportation to Glendon Campus - see "By Public Transportation" section for details.
  • By Train
    Trains arrive at Union station. From there take Public Transportation to Glendon Campus - see "By Public Transportation" section for details.
  • By Public Transportation
    Toronto has a great subway. Take the Line 1 subway train north towards Finch and get off at Lawrence Station. Then take the 162 East Lawrence Donway bus (destination Don Mills) to Lawrence & Bayview (6 minutes/8 stops). It is a short walk to the Residence from there.
  • By Car
    Unfortunately free parking is not provided on campus. Parking cost for the weekend will range from $20-$27 depending on where you park on campus. Download the Honk App on your phone for easy access to purchasing parking. For cheaper parking unload at the Residence and park by the Glendon Athletic Club.

Teachers

We are very lucky to have three excellent teachers join us for the weekend.
Team member
Originally from North Berwick, near Edinburgh, Linda now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but travels home to Scotland whenever she can. Linda has been dancing all her life. She began Country Dancing at Primary School and is a former competitive Highland dancer. She grew up in a musical household. Her father plays accordion and she played piano in a SCD Band; her musical background has a big influence in her teaching.
Linda has taught all levels of adult and youth classes in the San Francisco Branch, and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Linda is an experienced ceilidh caller and can often be found leading the dances at weddings and parties! It gives her great pleasure as a teacher and dancer to share the traditions of Scotland through its music and dancing.
Team member
Gavin started Scottish country dancing when he was just 3 years old and wanted to join his older sisters. One of the first things he did was hide under the table and bite his teacher’s leg because he was pretending to be a (badly-behaved) Pongo the dog. As he got older, Gavin learned to appreciate the beautiful music, fancy footwork, and, especially, the lifelong friends in the dancing community! After his undergrad, Gavin returned to help out and eventually teach in his former children’s group.
He has taught all ages and skill levels and loves the combination of elegance, athleticism and fun that is SCD. Outside of dancing, Gavin is working on a PhD studying the 8th century theologian St John of Damascus and is on the leadership team of Camp Scugog, a camp geared towards children, youth and moms affected by poverty and other barriers.
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Fiona has been dancing since the age of four, and has always had a love for Scottish dance and music. Taken to dances from a very young age she has danced most of her life in Dundee, Scotland but has also been lucky enough to dance in many places around the world.
She has taught local classes for many years, covering all levels of class and age, making sure the fun of dancing is enjoyed by everyone. For the last few years Fiona has been teaching the advanced class in Dundee Branch. She has also taught workshops and Day Schools in the UK, abroad in Europe and the U.S. and is looking forward to visiting Canada. Fiona has trained, and dances with, the East Scotland Ladies team for Newcastle festival, and also teaches at the RSCDS Summer School in St. Andrews and Winter School in Pitlochry.

Musicians

We also have wonderful musicians.
Team member
Don Bartlett started playing music for Scottish country dancing in his early teens when, attending a children’s class in Toronto, he was attracted to the music as well as the dancing. He has played solo piano for classes and social events for over 60 years. In 2020 he recorded a solo piano CD with some of his favourite music "The Well Tuned Piano". Don started playing piano in a Scottish dance band while at university and, soon after, formed his own band, “Don Bartlett and The Scotians”.
In 2004, Don formed his current band, “The Scottish Heirs”, with Jim Darge on rhythm accordion, and his daughters Jacquie and Lesley on fiddle and bass guitar. For the Scottish Heirs, Don plays lead accordion on a keyboard and delivers a big band sound by pre-recording piano, rhythm accordion, and drums. In 2022, Jim retired from playing, and Blair Mackenzie stepped in to add another fiddle to the lively mix.
Team member
In 1966 playing bass with Stan Hamilton’s Flying Scotsmen, Donny Wood would play alongside the 2nd accordionist, Bobby Brown (1942-2011). In the mid 70’s the band broke up and Bobby would go on to form the “Scottish Accent" band. Donny joined the new band and switched instruments from bass to piano. In 1992 Bobby Brown would ask his son, Laird Brown, to join the group as the 2nd accordionist. Over the next 20 years Laird and Donny would assist in production and performing of over a dozen Albums/CDs, perform on “Take the floor” BBC, record Book 12 for the Society, and travel the world playing SCD Workshops and Classes.
In 2011 “Scotch Mist ”was born. Laird leads a group of Canada’s finest traditional musicians. With founding member Donny on piano, the group has produced 2 CD’s, “Coast to Coast” and “Around the World”, and featured twice on the BBC. Since 2011 Los Angeles/New York/ Toronto/Ottawa/Kingston/Windsor all celebrated their 50th Anniversary and Scotch Mist had the honour of playing for them.
Team member
Mara Shea first studied classical violin, but after discovering folk and dance music, she has been happily playing for dancers since the 1990s – English, Scottish, contra, and ceilidh – in the US, Scotland, and Canada. She has been on the music staff at Pinewoods, TAC Summer School, Ramblewood, and Scottish Weekend, and in 2014 and 2016, with Dean Herington, she led a three-day musicians’ workshop for the Scottish country dancers in Lisbon, Portugal.
In 2019, Mara earned an MLitt in ethnology and folklore at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She lives in Elon, North Carolina, teaching Celtic fiddle and working as an occasional freelance speaker, writer, and editor. She has several recordings with her contra dance band, The Elftones, and with musicians Dave Wiesler (Heather Hills), Rhiannon Giddens (All the Pretty Horses), and Julie Gorka (In 3⁄4 Time, plus several Scottish dance recordings). For more on Mara, and to listen to some of her music, visit marashea.com

Registration & Pricing (CAD)

Early Bird Spring Fling rates until February 15
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Accommodation Fling Fringe
Early Bird Regular Early Bird Regular
With Accomm.* Members $325 $350 $350 $375
Non-members $350 $375 $375 $400
No Accomm. Members $225 $250 *Postponed until Jan 31st
(check details section below)
Non-members $250 $275
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*Shared accommodation can be requested, but availability is limited. Priority to Fringers accompanying Flingers.
*Fringe without accommodation is subject to availability. Email springfling2023.toronto.wl@gmail.com to get on a waitlist.
*Costs "with Accommodation" for the weekend include:
Single or shared room; Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner; Sunday breakfast.
*Costs "without Accommodation" for the weekend include:
Saturday lunch and buffet dinner
*All costs for the weekend include:
Friday night dance; Saturday morning and afternoon classes and Sunday Class; Saturday night buffet dinner and ball
*Parking is not included
*Cancellation Policy:
Admin Fee $25 CAD if cancelled prior to Feb 12; Admin Fee of $100 CAD if cancelled after Feb 12 and prior to April 14; No refund on or after April 14, 2023.

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Video & Image Credits:

RSCDS video & screen capture

Night Toronto skyline: Photo by Stephen H on Unsplash

Twirling dancers: Lisa, Absolute Sunday blog

Glendon Campus, York University

“Who” background: Vintage photo created by kjpargeter – www.freepik.com

Day Toronto skyline: Photo by James Thomas on Unsplash

The Spring Fling Committee

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