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Scottish and English County Dance Workshop and Dance

September 17, 2023 @ 3:15 pm - 6:30 pm


Scottish and English Country Dance afternoon workshop and dance with master instructors Bruce Hamilton and Fred DeMarse.

3:15pm – Doors open
3:30 – 6:00pm – Workshop – alternating Scottish & English dances at all levels
6:00 – 6:30pm – Closing dances.

Dancing to live music by Lyle Ramshaw and Ben Jackson.

Bruce Hamilton is a very popular and well-respected English country dance leader and instructor with over 45 years of experience. Fred DeMarse is a world-renowned Scottish Highland dancer, teacher and judge. Both teachers emphasize the joys of these social dance forms.

Denice Heenan will MC. No partners needed. We change partners after each dance. All dancers welcome however basic knowledge of the fundamentals of English and Scottish country dancing is beneficial.

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton is a well-respected, thoughtful, and energetic teacher of English and Scottish dancing with 45 years’ experience. He has launched dance classes, trained teachers, coached performing groups, and adjudicated festivals.

A retired research scientist, Bruce is always looking for new ways to understand and present ideas for the dancer. Whenever he presents workshops, he weaves many conceptual threads besides dance technique and choreography into his lessons. Musicality, sociability, and physiology are his current favorites. People often say they come away with a different way to experience and think about dance. Occasionally he holds a weekend teachers’ class that also draws high praise. He continues to run a bi-weekly English dance class in the Bay Area. In the recent past, he was the president of the Country Dance and Song Society. With invitations to teach at many festivals and dance camps each year, he has taught workshops all around the United States and in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

Fred DeMarse

Fred DeMarse

Fred DeMarse

Fred achieved his Highland Dance Teaching Certificate in 1995 and after retiring from active dance competition, added his Highland Dance judging qualification in 2002.

Fred has traveled extensively as a dancer, teacher and Highland judge, including all around North America, the UK, Russia and many other European countries and most recently New Zealand.

Fred teaches both Country and Highland dancing to all ages in the USA and internationally and is the current Chairman of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society’s International Branch.

A member of The Red Thistle Dancers since 1990 and now its artistic director, Fred is looking forward to furthering the group’s mission of sharing and promoting a love of Scottish Dancing and Music to the greater community. Read more…


September 17, 2023
3:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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St. Bede’s Church Hall
2650 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA United States
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