Balls & Dances
Branch babysitting policy: Delaware Valley Branch Babysitting Policy
Typically in October
$$ Semi-formal to Formal
The Delaware Ball is run by our Newark, Delaware class. It starts with a Grand March at 7:30 PM. Please see the NEWS page for details.
New Years Eve/New Years Day
Germantown Friends School, New Field House
Hogmanay is the largest event on the Delaware Valley Branch calendar. This celebration brings people from many branches together to dance in the new year. After the first half of the program a lavish midnight tea revives our energy to dance into the wee hours of the morning. Bring a ready to serve tea item, your dance shoes, and your energy! If you would like help finding a place to stay, please contact the Hospitality Coordinator.
Swarthmore English-Scottish Ball
Typically in February
Swarthmore College, Tarble All Campus Space
$$ Semi-Formal to Formal
The Swarthmore College Folk Dance Club hosts this ball bringing the English and Scottish country dance communities together in one event.
Typically in April
Bryn Mawr College, Goodhart Music Room
Semi-Formal to Casual
The Bryn Mawr Class hosts an afternoon tea dance for college and community dancers. Tea is provided by the class.
Memorial Day Weekend
The Garden Party is a social dance followed by a potluck picnic supper. Weather permitting, the picnic will held in the home and garden of Geoffrey and Cecily Selling. Please bring ready-to-serve items. In case of inclement weather, we will eat at the dance location.
Community Ceilidh Dances
Fall and Winter
The Delaware Valley Branch hosts two community ceilidh dances a year. Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a Gaelic word for a casual party with music and dancing and a variety of entertainment. The ceilidhs provide an opportunity for dancers from a variety of dance traditions to come together as well as people with no dance experience at all. Come and enjoy a variety of ceilidh dances, Scottish country dances, couple dances, and more! These events are suitable for inexperienced and experienced dancers of all ages. No partner needed. Just bring your dancing shoes (sneakers will do) and your enthusiasm.
The Bob McNair Memorial Ceilidh (Biennial)
February of even-numbered years
This ceilidh features a variety of entertainment. After a short Scottish country dance program, discover the various talents of your fellow dancers in acts silly and serious. The evening will include an auction of lost and found items and some group singing, ending with a marvelous tea. Our local musicians will be playing for the dancing and singing.
Cherry Hill Jubilee Tea Dance
Cherry Hill, NJ
Workshops are an opportunity to explore a specific theme or genre of Scottish dancing or music or to enjoy the talents of a guest teacher.
For more information about the difference between balls and social dances, see our FAQ page