Dance Competition (RSCDS News)

This year we invited Young Dance devisors to submit a dance that will be judged at the upcoming 2015 Spring Fling.

We have had 46 dances submitted to our Spring Fling 2015 competition and they will be trialled over the coming weeks by 33 Young Dance groups from around the world, including: Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Russia, Canada, America, Continental Europe and the UK. 

The final sho…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 4 December 2014 18:00

Teaching Certificate Unit 2 (RSCDS News)

Are you taking your Teaching Certificate for Unit 2 soon? We have just reprinted the booklet with updates. Order your copy now, by clicking Here.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 3 December 2014 18:00

Trialling Starts Soon (RSCDS News)

We are now looking for groups of young dancers to "sign up" to trial the new dances. Dances are available for trialing and results must be submitted by 15th March 2015. If your group is interested in trialing, please contact: 

This year we invited Young Dance devisors to submit a dance that will be judged at the upcoming 2015 "Spring Fling". The closing date has passed to submit,…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 3 December 2014 12:00

Index to Scottish Country Dances 2014 (RSCDS News)

The Dance Index has now been updated to December 2014 and includes all RSCDS dances up to and including Book 48, Graded Book 3 and The Imperial 1-3. Please visit our page Useful Documents to download your copy:

(available to RSCDS members only, so you need to be logged in)

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 3 December 2014 12:00

Website Maintenance (RSCDS News)

At 5pm this coming Friday December 5th, the RSCDS website will be undergoing maintenance and some users may experience a delay in page response or login difficulty. The maintenance will not take long and the website should be up and running as normal the same evening.

Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 2 December 2014 1:21

Anselm Lingnau

Dance lists in the database now are no longer automatically made “active” when they are edited. Instead there is a “Make List Active” button near the “Edit List” button on a list's detail page which you can use to make a list active.

The “active” list is the one that gets dances added to it via the “Add to List” button on a dance's detail page. If you create a new list that list is still implicitly made active; the only change is that editing a list doesn't make that list active.

The reason for the change is that I'm looking through previous class logs to find dances for our upcoming ball – which if the ball list is active is easy because you can click on a dance and from its detail page add it to that list. However, if for any reason you edit a previous class log (e.g., to make it public) then that list used to become active, so you had to go back to the ball list to make that active again, etc., which was annoying.

Note that you can edit a list whether or not it is active, so you don't need to make it active just to edit it. Also note that you don't need to explicitly make list A inactive before making list B active.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 24 November 2014 14:39

Anselm Lingnau

The update seems to have gone through OK – it was a bigger job than originally planned but the system is now in as good a shape as it ever was.

We're also just half an hour of programming and a 2-hour import run of nearly 70.000 messages away from getting the Strathspey Archive back on track. There are a few loose ends to be tied up (e.g., dealing with the address rewriting that the nasty AOL/Yahoo! DMARC business inflicted on us earlier this year), but I'm quite positive it won't be long now. This goes hand in hand with an updated version of, which means I get to finally get rid of the previous version of the framework. Yay!

As always, if you find any anomalies or have other questions, suggestions, or criticism then do let me know.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 20 November 2014 1:59

Scottish country dancing on the BBC (RSCDS News)

Viewers in the UK may have seen trailers for a new BBC4 TV series Dancing cheek to cheek; an intimate history of dance, which starts on Monday 17 November at 9.00pm.  The second programme, on 24th November, features Scottish country dancing, with presenters Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman joining in with members of the RSCDS London Branch. Click here for more information.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 18 November 2014 18:00

Anselm Lingnau

The my.strathspey status updates now include news from the “News“ page of the RSCDS web site at These are “scraped“ from the actual site at regular intervals as the Society does not publish an RSS or Atom feed (which would be the usual method).

Unfortunately, news items on the RSCDS site do not carry a date, which is why we get a whole bunch of them at one go (the Strathspey system needs to catch up, and we can't easily back-date them to where they ought to belong in the stream). From now on only new items should show up, though.

This is a side benefit of work that I'm doing in order to move the site over to the current platform. Devotees of the Strathspey Archive will be pleased to know that the new archive implementation seems to work well on my machine (including PostgreSQL-based full-text search in past postings), and this will also be available on the public server in due course.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 14 November 2014 15:56

Spring Fling Dance (RSCDS News)

The closing date for submissions of new Spring Fling dances has been extended, to allow for technical difficulties recently experienced. The new closing date is Monday 24th November 2014.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 14 November 2014 15:51

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