Lower North Island RSCDS Centenary Ball


To celebrate the centenary of the RSCDS, The RSCDS Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Rangitikei Regions have combined to host a Tri-Region Ball in Palmerston North.

5.30pm, Saturday 4 November 2023

College Street School Hall, Palmerston North Click here for a map to the venue
Music by Balmoral Band – Anne-Marie Forsyth (Auckland), Sharlene Penman (Christchurch), Iain McKenzie (Queensland)

Click here to register online by Sunday 15 October

Early bird registration by Tuesday 1 August
Final registration deadline Sunday 15 October
RSCDS $35 (early bird $30)
Adult $40 (early bird $35)
Juniors/Spectators $20 (No early bird rate)

More information

Click here for more about the Lower North Island RSCDS Centenary Ball

  • Download the programme
  • Notes about the selected dances
  • Instructions and videos for dances that are not well-known
  • Historical information and photos

Review: An afternoon of Early Wellington Dances

A unique experience of our Scottish Country Dancing history

A lively crowd of close to 60 dancers gathered at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Johnsonville on Saturday 29 April for an afternoon of trying out dances from our past.

As part of the RSCDS Centenary Events, this special occasion celebrated the role of the extended RSCDS Wellington Region as the well-spring of Scottish Country Dancing in New Zealand.

Over the afternoon, four long-time tutors from the Region—Iain Boyd, Romaine Butterfield, Edith Campbell and Elaine Laidlaw—taught dances from the early days of Scottish Country Dancing in the lower North Island.

Our tutors: Elaine Laidlaw, Edith Campbell, Romaine Butterfield and Iain Boyd

Welcoming everyone to the occasion, event organiser Rod Downey explained the event was a celebration of the extended region as the ‘cradle of Scottish Country Dancing’ in New Zealand. He emphasised the stars of the afternoon were the old dances, with the stellar group being the well-regarded tutors.

Programme organiser Iain Boyd introduced the teacher for each dance, mentioning many of the dances have special music with arrangements by Peter Elmes.

See more about this special occasion, the old dances, photos by Loralee Hyde and videos by John Patterson and Pat Reesby

Wellington Region, New Zealand Branch, RSCDS 60th Anniversary Collection

A collection of dances to commemorate the RCDS Wellington Region’s 60th Anniversary.

Available to purchase at $15 per copy

Contact Elaine Lethbridge at elainea.lethbridge49@gmail.com