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Scottish Country Dance Weekend
22 - 24 September 2023

for intermediate and advanced dancers with

Judith Muir (keyboard)
Ian Muir (accordion)
Antoine Rousseau (teacher)

Please click on [REGISTRATION] and complete the Registration Form

Welcome to the 13th Budapest Scottish Country Dance Weekend Course and Ball,
which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the RSCDS.
We (and you) are extremely lucky that we will have high quality dance music,
professional teaching and we are going to dance in the city centre,
in a special gym hall taking up two levels and having natural light through the roof of the building
in the prestigious Piarist Centre.
Its renovation was awarded with a special European architectural prize.

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Thursday, 21 Sept
18:00 - 21:00 Evening club dance for early arrivals (dance list)
Friday, 22 Sept
17:00 - 20:00 Registration
20:00 - 23:30 Welcome dance (dance list)
Saturday, 23 Sept
09:00 - 12:30 Workshop with coffee break (dance list)
12:30 - 13:30 Sandwich lunch
15:30 - 17:00 Walkthrough
17:30 - 19:30 Gala dinner
20:00 - 23:30 Ball (dance list)
Sunday, 24 Sept
10:00 - 13:00 Workshop with coffee break (dance list)
13:00 - 14:00 Picnic lunch
16:00 - 17:00 Short concert by Judith and Ian Muir at Nádor Hall (start of the tourist programme)


Judith and Ian Muir

Judith Muir Ian Muir

Ian and Judith both started playing at an early age for country dancing. Having served his apprenticeship in McBain's band, Ian formed Craigellachie in 1986. After playing in a family band, and briefly joining Craigellachie in the late 1980s, Judith co-formed Sound Company, and on its retirement in 2003 she re-joined Craigellachie. Both Ian and Judith have considerable experience playing for classes, weekend, Summer and Winter Schools both here and abroad. In November 2014 Ian was appointed the Music Director of the RSCDS, a term he held for six years. In their spare time Judith enjoys card and candle-making, is involved in barn owl conservation and is a volunteer on the Rose of Hungerford, a local canal boat, and Ian is a beekeeper and a budding pastel artist.


Antoine Rousseau

Antoine Rousseau

I started dancing in Paris when I was 15 in a group which became a few years later the Paris Branch. I first attended the RSCDS summer school in 1988 and it was a revelation: the good mixture of fun, technique and social activities. I have been teaching since I was 21 years old, first in Lyon during my studies, then in Paris. I passed my teaching certificate in 2009. Since then, I have taught at RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews, and several weekends and schools in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where I met wonderful people in the Scottish dancing scene. I currently dance and teach at the Paris Branch, in France, and look forward to teaching at the International weekend in Budapest in 2023.


Piarist Centre - workshops, welcome dance, ball
Address: 1. Piarista utca, 1052 Budapest About the renovation of the Piarist Centre

GPS: 47.493187, 19.052284 ; PlusCode: 8FVXF3V2+7W
GoogleMap: Click here


Accommodation is NOT included in the course fee, but some rooms are available for the course participants in Hotel Erzsébet if they book them via the hotel by using a Booking Form provided with your course confirmation.

Danubius Hotel Erzsébet City Center***
Address: 11-15. Károlyi utca, 1053 Budapest
Map & transportation: click here

GPS: 47.491774, 19.057545 ; PlusCode: 8FVXF3R4+MX
GoogleMap: click here

Tourist programme

In previous years we have organised tourist programs outside Budapest but this year we would like to discover more of Budapest and surroundings.

It is not really possible to make a fully costed plan for everything beforehand as prices are going up so fast. We would base the schedule on the number and interests of those who would like to stay on after the dance weekend (thank you for completing the items in the registration form, it is very helpful).

One thing is sure. Judith and Ian have accepted to give a short concert in Nádor Hall, one of the most beautifully designed concert halls of Budapest, which has the largest stained-glass window assembly in Hungary. So on Sunday afternoon after the dance weekend is over we will start the tourist program by a visit to Nádor Hall, an Art Nouveau concert hall. Everybody is welcome who is still in Budapest at the time of the visit and concert: 16:00 . 17:00, 24th September 2023.


Sunday, 24 Sept
16:00 - 17:00 Visit to Nádor Hall and a short concert by Judith and Ian Muir
19:00 - 20:15 Sightseeing by boat (from Margaret Bridge to Rákóczi Bridge and back)
21:00 - 22:00 Musical fountain on Margaret Island
Monday, 25 Sept
10:00-11:00 Visit to the Parliament
11:00-13:00 Sightseeing in Pest (The Shoes, Basilica, Market Hall at Hunyadi square)
13:00-14:30 Lunch at Regős restaurant
15:00-16:00 Visit to the Opera House
evening Options of classical music concerts for the evening
Tuesday, 26 Sept
10:00-11:00 Travel to Szentendre from Batthyány square
11:00-12:30 Sightseeing in Szentendre
12:30-14:00 Lunch in Szentendre
14:30-15:30 Travel back to Budapest
evening Options of classical music concerts for the evening
Wednesday, 27 Sept
10:00-13:00 Thermal baths
afternoon free time
Thursday, 28 Sept
10:00-11:00 Travel to Visegrád
11:10-12:30 Visit to the Castle
13:00-14:30 Lunch in Visegrád
14:45-15:10 Ferry boat to Zebegény
15:10-16:30 Sightseeing in Zebegény (Art Nouveau church, Lookout tower)
17:00-18:00 Travel back to Budapest

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