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Branch Midsummer Dance 2024

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Our Triple Decker season


Triple Decker

Dance class, cake and a chat, social dancing

with live music

2 pm to 5 pm Sunday 6 Oct 2024

St Stephen's Hall, Watling Street, St Albans AL1 2PT

Members £12, non members £15

Autumn Deal - members 2TDs for £20

Teacher:       Caroline Catterall

Class focus:  Set and Rotate

Musician:      Ian Robertson

Social dancing programme:      tba

Save the date for our future Triple Deckers

Sunday 24 Nov 2024

Teacher:     Mervyn Short      Musician: Ken Martlew

Formation:  Reels of Three

Sunday 26 Jan 2025

Teacher:      Cindy Clarke      Musician:  tba

Formation:   tba

Sunday 23 Mar 2025

Teacher:      Jan Collings       Musician:  tba

Formation:   tba

Sunday 18 May 2025

Teacher:      Ken Martlew       Musician: Adam Brady

Formation:   tba

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You can look back at what was danced and which formations were taught at previous Triple Deckers:

Date.            Dances.               Formation

May 24            Programme               Espagnole

Mar 24            Programme               Set to corners and partner

Jan 24             Programme               Chain Progression

Nov 23            Programme               Centenary special

Sep 23            Programme               Double Triangles, Rondel

May 23            Programme               Dance to Corners & Set

Mar 23            Programme                Poussettes

Jan 23             Programme               Corners pass & Turn

MBE for Malcolm,

Scroll of Honour for Ken

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Malcom Ferris Lay ... MBE

in the New Year Honours

Malcolm, a member of our committee has been awarded MBE for his charity work for children with disabilities, the Tea Trade Benevolent Society and the Scottish Tartan Authority.  Congratulations to Malcolm.

Ken Martlew

President RSCDS Herts and Borders

awarded RSCDS Scroll of Honour

Ken and Petula Martlew with William Williamson, RSCDS Chairman, at the award ceremony during the RSCDS AGM 2023.  Read about the many achiements of Ken's Scottish country dancing life. Read more

Develop your dancing here in Herts and Borders


As well as the Herts Triple-Decker, here at Herts Branch we are lucky to have two of the first dancers qualified as mentors for the Core Training for Instructors.

Click the button to learn more about gaining dance instructor training via this new initiative from the RSCDS with the support of familiar local teachers and mentors.

Our new Facebook page

Two ways to keep up to date with events at Herts and Borders Branch. Log in and like us.

More opportunities

You can develop your dancing skills through the RSCDS with

Medal Tests and the Dancing Achievement Award

If you would like to teach SCD there are courses for

Basic Teaching Skills and Teacher Certification

as well as the Core Instructor Training here in Herts. 

RSCDS AGM November 2023

Herts and Borders was well represented at the RSCDS AGM. Ken was awarded the Scroll of Honour, Trevor Clarke, our Secretary, presented detailed changes to the Consitution to resolve ambiguities and Liz Mitchell,  member, and Chair of Lucy Clark SCDC, presented local initiatives at the panel discussion on recruitment and retention of dancers. And, of course, Lizzy Conder is RSCDS Treasurer.

Herts & B Members with Ken Scroll Awd No

From left, Brian, Chris, Jan, Armaiti, Petula, Ken, Jane, Liz, Trevor, Lizzy.

Liz Mitchell of Herts and Borders and Chair of Lucy Clark speaking at the panel session on recruiting and retaining dancers.

We had a great time on 18 March 2023 at the Herts and Borders with Watford Scottish Ball celebrating 100 years of the RSCDS.

More pictures in the gallery.

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Triple Decker on 22 January 2023


William Williamson, Chairman of the RSCDS, teaching a packed class the formations of corners pass and turn, with music from Ian Robertson and tea and cake for all. 

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Our second Triple Decker of 2022

Jane, teacher, and Calum, musician, after an afternoon class of reels followed by cake and social dancing.

Our first Triple Decker

A full house for the first of our Triple Decker afternoons with teacher Mervyn Short and music from Adam Brady.

See pictures of the afternoon and read more below about the next Triple Decker in the series.

MC course and Basic Teaching Skills 

The MC and basic teaching skills course was held over two  Saturdays in January and February and eight dancers learned about managing classes, MC'ing dance evenings and clear recapping of dances.

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RSCDS Centenary 

Book 53


Thank you to the devisors and dancers for a spirited afternoon of eight dances proposed by members as entries for RSCDS Centenary Book 53. Dances were scored and ranked and, with a tie-break for one place, three dances have been chosen:

Reel,            Miss Lucy Clark

Strathspey,   Salute to Ian Robertson

Medley,         The Berkhamsted Medley.

There will be lots of entries internationally, so fingers crossed!

Herts and Borders Dance Festival 

our inaugural events in 2021

Lots of dancing,

lots of fun,

and cake!

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