The MacNab Dances

You may have heard mention of “The MacNab Dances”. This refers to dances collected by Mrs Mary Isdale MacNab of Vancouver, Canada and formerly of Govan, Scotland. Mrs MacNab passed away some 55 years ago but continues to be remembered through her prodigious collecting of early Scottish dances.

If you would like to find out more about her and the collection of dances follow the link below to the London Branch website where you can find information about Mrs MacNab and instructions for 55 dances and videos of many of them.

Things to look forward to


Saturday 10 July from 3pm until 7pm in Sara and Mike’s garden.
Bring your own picnic – more details to follow.


with music from IAN and JUDITH MUIR
Sunday 22 August from 3pm to 6.30pm
at Swallowfield Parish Hall,
Swallowfield Street,
Reading  RG7 1QX.
Tickets:  £10
More information to follow but note that the hall has a sprung floor!


We aim to start dancing again from Wednesday 30 June if the church is willing to take bookings or as soon thereafter as possible. We will dance through the summer and start off with a repertoire of simpler dances so that we can get our brains in gear and our bodies fitter. The evenings will be taken by Steve Kelly, Anne Carter or committee members if neither of them is available. (The church kitchen has been refurbished and is looking very smart.)

On-line dancing and music

There are a variety of ways to keep in touch with dancing on-line. gives you access to a weekly podcast with music and chat about dances. If you click on a week you will get access to that week’s email Newsletter which has a link to that week’s podcast. At the foot of the page you can access all the weekly online dance classes that the RSCDS has been putting on. You do not have to be a RSCDS member to access these resources.

If you are on Facebook you can look for “Tunes in the Hoose”  – musicians located in different places, and even in different countries, magically playing together. The original concept was thought up by Martin MacLeod Snr, a founding member of Capercaillie, inspired by Shetland accordionist Peter Wood, who was posting daily ‘tunes in his hoose’ whilst in isolation. The initial collaboration between Martin and Peter was stitched together by Martin MacLeod Jr, a filmmaker based in Glasgow, marking the start of the internationally-acclaimed community known as “Tunes in the Hoose.”