TAC Summer Events

eachers' Conference Weekend    July 26 - 28, 2019
The Teachers' Conference weekend begins with registration and room checkin beginning
at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 26th, followed by dinner and a welcome dance on Friday evening,
and ends with a discussion session on Sunday, July 28th following lunch.

Summer School Week   July 28 - August 4, 2019

Summer School week begins with registration and room check-in beginning at
3:00 pm on Sunday, July 28th and ends on Sunday, August 4th after breakfast. There are no Sunday classes.


Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Residence address: Mount Royal West Residence B (see map below) 200 Mt Royal Circle SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7P7

Telephone: +1 403-440-6517

See below for Location, Canada entry documents, Venues, Accommodation and Parking, Campus & Local Attractions, What to Bring, Local Weather



Map of Mount Royal University -  Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

MRU Campus Map

Canadian Entry Documents

International visitors, including those arriving from the US, please note that all persons entering Canada by any form of transport require a valid passport.

A foreign national or alien entering Canada is required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a Canadian Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, or are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada.  Visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to Canada MUST HAVE an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) in addition to a valid passport. You can apply online for the eTA at this Canadian Government website

For information on entering Canada visit the Government of Canada Customs page


Getting to Mount Royal University

For details on getting to the Mount Royal campus from the Calgary Airport by vehicle, taxi, or public transit, please visit this transportation website.  For details on securing the different modes of transportation, please visit the YYC Aiport Ground Transportation page.  Links to maps of the airport can be found in the bottom right hand corner of the YYC Home Page.

The Calgary International airport is approximately 30 km from the Mount Royal campus.  A taxi fare will be approximately $70 in each direction.  Uber will be slightly less expensive.  Transportation for faculty is being taken care of by Calgary area dancers.  If there happens to be available space, they would be more than happy to take attendees at the same time.  For those who are interested please email your name, mobile phone number, flight information, number of people travelling and number of bags to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will let you know if we can accommodate you.

For general driving directions to the campus West Residence use this Google Maps link or visit the University Parking & Transportation page

The GPS location for the West Residence is 200 Mt Royal Circle SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7P7

Accommodations and Parking

Accommodations for TCW and Summer School will be in the West Residence at Mount Royal University 200 Mt Royal Circle SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7P7

Each suite consists of four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common kitchen/sitting area. Two of the bedrooms share a single bathroom. All suites include free wifi and some basic kitchen supplies: 4 plates, cups, forks and spoons, 2 pots, a spatula and a frying pan.  You might want to plan on bringing additional supplies such as drinking glasses or a kettle.

The university housing facilities do not provide hangers nor any toiletries. You will need to bring your own personal soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. They do provide linens, a blanket, pillow, and towel for each guest. A light clean with linen change is provided once during your stay and linens and towels may be exchanged at the front desk as needed. There are laundry machines for personal use, $2.50 for a wash and $2 for a dry, located in the basement of Building B. You will need to purchase a card from the dispensing machine near the laundry room.  You will be able to wash clothes, however, detergent and fabric softener are not provided.

All rooms on campus are designated non-smoking.

Details and information can be found on the University residence website and by viewing this video of the suites. The website also lists what amenities can be found in each suite and each bedroom.

  • Refrigerator with freezer
  • Oven and stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Couches
  • Coffee table
  • Television with basic cable
  • 4-piece bathroom (two bathrooms in 4-bedrooms)
  • Coded key entries
  • Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors

Parking is complimentary if you are staying in Residence. Parking passes are provided at check-in. You will need to provide the license plate number and name of the owner. You can park in any of the permit lots, with lots 1 & 2 being the closest to the Residence and Recreation Centre.

For any attendees who ARE NOT staying in residence, you must pay for parking. Further information is available at this website:



Venues for Meals, Dance Classes, Evening Social Dances, and Banquet & Ball

The campus Recreation Centre will be the venue for dance classes, evening social dances, and the Ball. Classes will be held in Stanley Gym and in rooms U155, U159, and U161. See the Class schedule and class descriptions for additional details.

All meals, except the banquets, will be served in the Recreation Centre Level 2. Please remember to wear your conference ID.

Banquets for TCW and Summer School will be in Ross Glen Hall after which we will walk to Stanley Gym for the ball.

  • TAC Area Representatives Meeting

The TAC Area Reps Meeting will be held on Friday, July 26th in Room W231, Level 2 of the Recreation Centre

  • TAC Annual General Meeting
    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SCD teachers who are TAC Members will be held in Room I-115 Jenkins Theatre, Level 1 of the Recreation Centre, on Saturday, July 27th.
  • TACSound and TACBooks

The two TAC Stores, TACSound and TACBooks, will have a large stock of items at the Summer Events, but it is not feasible to bring the entire inventory. If you know of items you particularly wish to purchase, place an order ahead of time through sound.tac-rscds.org/ or books.tac-rscds.org/

The stores will be located on Level 1 of the Recreation Centre, adjacent to Stanley Gym.

  •  Campus Recreation and Swimming facilities

You may purchase a pass for the recreation and swimming facilities at the Fitness and Aquatic Centre check-in desk, near the Recreation Centre entrance. A schedule of “open pool” times can be picked up at the same desk.

What to Bring

  • dance descriptions for evening social dances (print or download them from the TCW Schedule and Dance Programmes page or from the Summer School Class Schedule and Dance Programmes page)
  • dance shoes! extra dance shoes; extra insoles
  • personal medications
  • skirts/dresses/kilts for SCD classes and evening social dances
  • elegant attire (such as ball gown, dress kilt) for the ball
  • Tuesday evening's dance is our Western theme night to celebrate our time in Calgary.  Boots? Cowboy hats? Denim?
  • casual clothes for the ceilidh and after-dance hospitality mixers
  • swim wear for campus swimming pools
  • musical instrument if you plan to attend the optional afternoon Musicians Class or contribute a ceilidh item
  • water bottle for classes and evening socials – limited water cups are available as the campus encourages recycling
  • reading light
  • clothes hangers
  • an extension cord if you wish to plug in several items in your room
  • kettle, coffee maker, extra drinking glasses.
  • personal items and toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryer, etc
  • hat, sunscreen, umbrella, light jacket, something warmer for the occasional cool night walking back to residence
  • camera


Local Climate

Summer (May–August) in Calgary is generally mild and dry.  Check this website for general information on Calgary Summer weather.  Information will be updated as we get closer to the start of Summer Events.

Calgary is a semi-arid climate and as such has a very low humidity.  We recommend that you drink lots of water, as your skin and sinuses will dry out.  You may also want to bring a moisturizing lotion to help with the drying effect on your skin.

Calgary's elevation is 1,045m/3,428ft.  Although the elevation is not high enough to cause altitude sickness, you may feel some minor effects (shortness of breath, headache, nausea), especially if you are coming from an area that is at sea level.  Acclimatization usually takes a day or two.  To combat these effects, and until you become acclimatized, we recommend that you drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and smoking, get plenty of rest and avoid strenous exercise.  For further information, please have a look at this Alberta Health website.  Also, please let a committee member know if you are experiencing symptoms and they will arrange to get you to a health care professional.


Pre and Post Summer School Vacation Options


Local Attractions




Description/ Additional Info

Staying in Calgary

Calgary Stampede

2 LRT (Light Rapid Transit) Stations stop at the Stampede Grounds

July 5-14, 2019 The Calgary Stampede, also known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, is a unique 10 day event that blends the very best in Western Canadian culture and contemporary entertainment. Key highlights include the Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races, the Midway and a variety of musical concerts and venues featuring some of the world's most popular performers. For more information: https://www.calgarystampede.com/visitor-information

Other Calgary Activities


See the Wednesday Afternoon Options below.

West of Calgary

Kananaskis Country

From Calgary:
86 km – 1 hr drive.

The Kananaskis region stretches from east of Calgary to the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Nine provincial parks and over 50 recreation, wilderness and natural areas provide outdoor adventures and protected wildlife habitat. At the western edge of the region, farms and ranchlands give way to craggy peaks in the mountain paradise known as Kananaskis Country. There’s so much to do in Kananaskis! You can climb a mountain, scale a rock face, hike in the wilderness or stroll (or roll) along an interpretive trail. Canoe whitewater or cruise on a power boat. Cast a fishing line into a mirrored lake. Or just take a drive and watch the wildlife. For more information: https://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/visit-our-parks/road-trips/kananaskis/

Banff National Park (includes Lake Louise)

From Calgary:
127 km – 1.5 hr drive


Public Transit

Private Transport

For more information:

Calgary to Banff

Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park - Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff

North of Calgary


From Calgary:
300 km – 3 hr drive

Options: Buses and self-drive

Edmonton is a young city that loves any excuse to go out on the town, even in a snowstorm. And there's prime shopping, too. West Edmonton Mall is literally the size of a city and the Old Strathcona farmers market is famous for a reason.  Culture bug: Edmonton is home to North America’s oldest and largest Fringe Festival August 15-25, 2019. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is recognized as one of the best in the world August 8-11, 2019. For more information: https://www.travelalberta.com/ca/places-to-go/northern-alberta/edmonton/

East of Calgary

Alberta’s Fossil Trail including the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology

Calgary to Royal Tyrell:

142 km – 1.5 hr drive

DISCOVER THE LAND OF THE DINOSAUR Rich bonebeds, world-class palaeontology museums and dino hunts are highlights along Alberta’s Fossil Trail.

Explore where dinosaurs roamed in Alberta over 65 million years ago. The Fossil Trail is a diagonal path through the province that encompasses the richest bonebeds and greatest diversity of fossils in the world. It stretches 2,500 km (1,553 mi), from Pipestone Creek near Grande Prairie, southeast to Devil’s Coulee near Warner. And close to Calgary are the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, and Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks. For more information: https://www.travelalberta.com/ca/articles/discover-the-land-of-the-dinosaur-122/

Medicine Hat

From Calgary:
295 km – 3 hr drive

Medicine Hat is the sunniest city in Canada, and that applies to its small-town heart, too. Truly. Its summer festivals and urban parks make it a place to stay or to plan your adventures around southeastern Alberta.  So Coulee: The bizarre sandstone formations of nearby Red Rock Coulee Natural Area will make you feel like you’re on a Star Wars set.  Did you know? The Medalta pottery made in the Historic Clay District was once shipped around the world. For more information: https://www.travelalberta.com/ca/places-to-go/southern-alberta/medicine-hat/

South of Calgary

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretative Centre

From Calgary:
184 km – 1.75 hr drive

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture. Through vast landscapes, exhibits, and diverse programming, learn about the cultural significance of this cliff to the Plains People. For more information: https://headsmashedin.ca/

Waterton National Park

From Calgary:

272 km – 2.75 hr drive

With extraordinary natural charms packed into a compact space, Waterton Lakes National Park offers plenty to keep visitors busy. Sightsee on the park’s scenic roadways, and keep an eye out for abundant wildlife. Explore natural attractions, from a vivid red canyon to mist-cloaked waterfalls. Or check out the postcard-perfect community of Waterton Park, with great day hiking, a historic 1927 hotel and a range of water activities. This beautiful landscape was impacted by a wildfire in September 2017, resulting in some areas of the park being closed to the public. We appreciate the public’s support and understanding as Parks Canada works to make Waterton Lakes National Park safe for future visits.  For more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton


From Calgary:

212 km – 2 hr drive

Lethbridge still has the spirit of its wild whiskey-trading-post days. The super-sunny city has a massive urban parks system thanks to a ravine created by the local river.  Whoop-hoo: Get a blast from Lethbridge’s past at the annual Whoop Up Days festival, featuring a midway, exhibition and daily concerts August 20-24, 2019.  High Level Bridge: The longest and tallest railway bridge of its type in the world spans the Old Man River. When you see it for yourself, imagine how they could possibly have built it in 1909. Back then, it was one of the wonders of the world. Now, it makes for great sunset selfies. For more information: https://www.travelalberta.com/ca/places-to-go/southern-alberta/lethbridge/



Wednesday Afternoon (Or Anytime) Options



Description/ Additional Info

Sight Seeing

Calgary Tower

Located in downtown Calgary. Max Teal Bus from Mount Royal then C-Train to Centre Street Station

Home to the highest 360 degree observation deck in the world, the Calgary Tower is the perfect way to start your trip in Calgary. Enjoy views from the prairies to the Canadian Rockies, 191 metres above the downtown core. General Admission $18; Seniors $16.  For more information: https://www.calgarytower.com/

Calgary Zoo

Parking onsite OR

Max Teal Bus from Mount Royal then C-Train to Calgary Zoo Station

Hear the roar of the wild at the Calgary Zoo year-round with nearly 1,000 creatures and exhibits. The new home to giant pandas, as well as giraffes, penguins, bears, tigers, gorillas, and lemurs, the Calgary Zoo is a leading conservation organization and the most visited zoo in Canada. Animal feedings, keeper and interpreter talks are just some of the free daily programs the Calgary Zoo offers. General Admission: $29.95; Seniors $27.95 For more information: https://www.calgaryzoo.com/

Heritage Park Historical Village

Parking onsite OR Max Teal Bus to Heritage Dr & Haysboro Cres then 13 min walk.

Canada’s largest living historical village features a cast of roving characters, fresh baked treats, and original historical houses, stores, and machinery. Ride an authentic steam train, get a scoop of old-fashioned ice cream, ride the vintage midway, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. General Admission $26.50 Seniors $20.70  For more information: https://www.heritagepark.ca/

Walks and Biking

Biking in Calgary

Trails are accessible from Mount Royal Campus

Calgary communities, parks and natural areas are connected by an extensive network of multi-use pathways available for all Calgarians to enjoy, whether for walking, running, in-line skating or cycling. In fact, Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. The City maintains approximately 905 km of regional pathways and 95 km of trails. For more information and to access maps via mobile apps, online maps or print maps:   http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Pathways/Pathways-in-Calgary.aspx

Walking in Calgary

Max Teal Bus from Mount Royal then C-Train to City Hall or other downtown Stations

Home to the most extensive pedestrian pathway network in North America, walking is a great way to explore Calgary. From walkable neighbourhoods and attractions to guided walking tours and pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods, this is your guide to Calgary by foot. For more information including lots of suggestions for walkable neighbourhoods: https://www.visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/stories-from-calgary/walking-in-calgary


Arts and Culture

Bell Music Center

Max Teal Bus from Mount Royal then C-Train to City Hall Street Station

Listen to the music at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Five floors of interactive exhibits, artifacts, instruments, and music memorabilia tell the story of music in Canada, with public tours available daily that are included with admission. Studio Bell is also home to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. General Admission $18 Seniors $14  For more information: https://studiobell.ca/

This will be offered as part a paid guided tour option as part of TAC Summer Events.

Glenbow Museum

Located in downtown Calgary. Max Teal Bus from Mount Royal then C-Train to Centre Street Station

One of the largest museums in western Canada, Glenbow Museum is home to over 1.3 million artifacts and some 30,000 works of art that celebrate the history, creativity, and beauty of Canada. Get inspired with interactive workshops, cultural artifacts, First Nations culture, and new exhibitions making a stop in Calgary for a limited time. General Admission $18 Seniors $12 For more information: https://www.glenbow.org/

Calgary’s New Central Library

Located in downtown Calgary. Limited parking. Max Teal Bus from Mount Royal then C-Train to City Hall Street Station

Curious minds, families, bookworms, art lovers, audiophiles, locals and visitors alike are flocking to the newest architectural and cultural gem nestled in the heart of Calgary’s East Village – the new Central Library.  For more information: https://www.visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/stories-from-calgary/calgarys-new-central-library

This will be offered as part a paid guided tour option as part of TAC Summer Events.


Skyline Luge Calgary

Free parking onsite

Calling adrenaline junkies of all ages! Race your way to the finish line at Skyline Luge Calgary with over 50 twists and turns on the longest downhill luge track in the world. It’s easy to learn and perfect for riders of any age and ability. Choose from individual ride and family packages Skyline Luge is a wild ride the whole family will love.   One Ride $16  For more information: https://www.skylineluge.com/en/calgary/luge/

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Free parking onsite

Get into the game and celebrate the legacy of sport in Canada at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Over 100,000 artifacts and 12 interactive galleries honour the history of Canadian sport, home to the largest collection of Olympic artifacts in Canada. Shadow box with Lennox Lewis, get an MLB pitching lesson from the mound, and be inspired by hockey pioneers like Cassie Campbell, Mario Lemieux, and Bobby Hull at this national shrine to Canadian sport. General Admission $12 Seniors $10  For more information: http://www.sportshall.ca/?lang=EN


Please visit www.visitcalgary.com for further things to do, accommodation, places to eat, and loads more.



All these recommendations can also be found on your favorite booking site; Expedia, Trip Advisor, Booking.com etc.

Airport Hotels

Do you just need a hotel for one night before you catch a flight home? Then perhaps a hotel near the airport would be what you would like; one with shuttle service to the airport.

Acclaim Hotel – Has rooftop jetted spas also. Nice for tired feet.

Sheraton Cavalier Hotel – There are restaurants in the hotel but The Cattle Baron, a fabulous Calgary steak house serving Alberta beef is just a short walk away.

There is also a large outlet mall north of the airport called Cross Iron Mills should you need to do a little shopping.

Hotels close to public transit access

Would you like a hotel with good public transit access?

There are several hotels in a little cluster near our other university, University of Calgary. They are all right across the street from the Light Rail Transit train line that would take you to downtown Calgary and the zoo. They are also right by a main street that will take you straight west out of Calgary and onto the TransCanada Highway to Banff and Lake Louise.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites University Area – free on-site parking

Aloft Calgary University – hot buffet breakfast included. Lounge and restaurant on site.

Comfort Inn & Suites University– free on-site parking

Hotel Blackfoot - Is another option and is in the south part of the city close to public transit downtown and a short distance to a large shopping mall called Chinook Centre

Downtown Hotels

Would you like a hotel right downtown where you can walk to the Calgary Zoo, museums, the new Central Library, Fort Calgary, restaurants?

Hotel Arts 

The Fairmont Palliser – This was originally one of the grand railroad hotels – first opened June 1, 1914 it is considered a historical landmark.

Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre – right beside the Light Rail Transit Line which you can ride for free in the downtown

Unique Back Country Hotel

Would you like accommodation at a mountain lodge that you don’t have to hike into? Try Engadine Lodge in the Spray Valley Provincial Park. A 2 hour drive west and south of Calgary. An hour drive to Banff. Accommodation includes all meals. Choose a room in the lodge, in a yurt or in a glamping tent!

Banff & Canmore

There are many hotels in Banff and many can be accessed through The Banff Hotel Guide.  There are also links on this page for hotels in Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper.

While there are many accommodation options right in Banff National Park these may get booked up quickly. If you are having trouble finding a room in Banff then try looking in Canmore, AB. It is right outside the park gates and you can drive to Banff from there in 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can ride a bus into Banff from Canmore or rent a bike and peddle your way in!

Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre

For bicycle rental in Canmore (including e-assist bikes!) try Rebound Cycle 


Transportation Options to Banff

Calgary to Banff: Banff Airporter

The Banff Airporter is a dedicated shuttle with almost a dozen trips per day between Calgary, Banff and Canmore. The Banff Airporter use 24 seat luxury coaches, complete with USB ports, leather seats, overhead lighting, air controls and a water bottle refill station. You can only catch it at the Calgary Airport, however they are able to drop off (or pick up) at any home or hotel in Banff. In Canmore it only stops at the Coast Canmore Hotel. Automatic changes to booking time in case of flight delays. Schedule is online.

Calgary to Banff: Brewster Express

125 years of service providing travel experience, connecting Calgary to BanffCanmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise and Jasper. Brand new coaches—with luxury seating, large viewing windows and complimentary WiFi. Schedule and booking online. The Brewster Express shuttle to Banff leaves from the Calgary airport.

Calgary to Banff: The Banff Express

The Banff Express runs between Calgary and Canmore/Banff that runs twice a day to/from. Schedule is online. In Calgary they pick up passengers downtown at Eau Claire, or the Foothills Hospital, and in Banff at the Heritage Train Station. The stop in Canmore is at the Canmore Visitor Information Centre. Their shuttles have air conditioning, seat belts, and WiFi. 

Calgary to Banff: ABest

ABest is an airport shuttle service that offers sightseeing charter service to almost anywhere in Alberta, including transportation to Banff. You’ll be professionally driven in an SUV, which is good for smaller groups.  Book online.

Calgary to Banff: No Limit Travel

A private shuttle for up to 4 people! To/from Banff. A good deal if you’re traveling with a few people. They have multiple destinations and operate 24/hrs a day. They’ll even come to you to pick everyone up. They also offer tours.

Calgary to Banff: Bus Bud

Find the cheapest bus tickets from Calgary to Banff. Search for the day you want to travel. Easy search and book.

Calgary to Banff: On-It Regional Transit

On-it Regional Transit is a shuttle service that would take you from Calgary to Banff for only $10, one way, a very affordable option, however they only run during certain times of the year.  Service is expected to resume in May 2019.

Transportation within Banff National Park - Roam Public Transit

In Banff enjoy the experience of riding in one of Banff's beautiful, energy-efficient Roam buses to some of Banff's most iconic destinations. Service runs daily throughout town. See details and schedules online. Fares vary. 





Dances taught at TAC Summer School 2016
Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada


Download a list of the Scottish County Dances taught
in the morning classes, optional afternoon SCD classes,
and combined Saturday class
by clicking on Dances Taught at SS 2016


 TAC Summer Events Registration Information 2017

for TWO events at
University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW)  21 - 23 July  2017


TAC Summer School Week (SS)  23 - 30 July 2017

see below for eligibility to attend these events


Registration period ended 20 June


Registration period 15 February - 20 June 2017
Registrations received and paid by 15 April 2017 will receive a 10% discount

When you are ready to register,
proceed directly to Summer Event Registration Form 2017
Login not required

see Fee Schedule below

TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend (TC Weekend) 21 – 23 July 2017
Eligibility:  Teachers of Scottish Country Dance who are paid-up Members of TAC are eligible to attend the TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend and Annual General Meeting.  Contact the TAC Membership Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are uncertain about your current TAC Membership status or re-new online using the TAC Membership page.  Lapsed members can register for TCW, but TAC Membership must be current at the time of TCW attendance in July.

The TC Weekend commences with afternoon registration and dinner on Friday 21 July and ends with an afternoon discussion session on Sunday 23 July.  See TCW Programme 2017 for further information.
Attendees can register as Residents (on-campus meal and accommodation package included) or as Non-residents (partial meal package and no accommodation).

TC Weekend Resident Registration Fee for TAC Members includes:
all meals from Friday dinner 21 July through Sunday lunch 23 July
2 nights' accommodation (single-occupancy rooms) on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July
Friday evening social dance 21 July and Saturday evening ball 22 July
Saturday afternoon AGM (TAC Members only)
dance classes Saturday morning and Sunday morning (TAC Members only)
discussion group Sunday afternoon (TAC Members only) 

TC Weekend Non-Resident Registration Fee for TAC Members includes:
all the above events with a meal package of Saturday lunch, Saturday banquet, Sunday lunch but no accommodation.

Companion Resident Registration Fee for Non-members includes:
attendance at the two TCW evening social events and the full meals and accommodation package for a companion who is accompanying a TAC Member to TCW

TCW Partial Attendance for TAC Members not attending full TCW weekend:
TCW Friday Evening Dance:
walk-in fee
of $20 per person for a TAC Member and for one dancer companion of a TAC Member; paid at the door, no prior notification required
TCW Saturday Evening Reception, Banquet, and Ball
Saturday 22 July at $125 per person for a TAC Member and for one companion.  Contact the Registrar by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name(s) starting 1 May to request a ticket; information will then be provided on ticket availability and how to pre-pay the ticket(s).  Request period ends 20 June

TAC Summer School Week (SS Week) 23 – 30 July 2017
Eligibility:  Summer School is open to all Scottish Country Dancers from basic to advanced and from beginner to experienced.

The SS Week commences with afternoon registration and dinner followed by an evening social dance on Sunday 23 July.
The finale is the evening Ball on Saturday 29 July.  Brunch will be available on Sunday 30 July for those who do not have an early departure time.
See Summer School Programme 2017 for further information.
Attendees can register as Residents (on-campus meal and accommodation package included) or as Non-residents (no accommodation and partial meal package)

SS Week Resident Dancer Registration Fee includes:

  • all meals from Sunday dinner July 29th through Sunday breakfast August 5th
  • 7 nights' accommodation from Sunday July 29th through Saturday August 4th
  • 4 evening SCD dances and Saturday evening Ball on August 4th
  • 2 evenings of entertainment (Contra dance and ceilidh)
  • 6 morning SCD dance classes (Monday through Saturday)
  • choice of 4 dance levels of instruction
  • Saturday afternoon ball walk-through
  • Optional classes on four afternoons

SS Week Non-resident Registration Fee includes:
all the above events, a meal package of lunches on Monday through Friday and Saturday banquet, but no accommodation

SS Week Resident Non-dancer includes:
attendance at evening functions and the full meal and accommodation package for companions not attending morning or afternoon classes

Summer School partial attendance and walk-in options (with fees)

Summer School Weekend-Only Resident:
includes 2 night's accommodation (Friday and Saturday 28 and 29 July), all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday brunch, Friday evening social dance, Saturday events (morning class, afternoon ball walk-through, banquet and ball).  Weekend Dancer fee is $395 and the Weekend Non-dancer fee is $350.  On-line registration opens 16 April 2017.

Summer School Reception, Banquet, and Ball for Dancers not attending SS (and a companion):
Saturday 29 July at $125 per person, if space permits.  Contact the Registrar by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name(s) starting 1 May to request a ticket; tickets will be assigned on a first come-first served basis as long as space permits, and information will then be provided on how to pay once tickets are assigned.  Request period ends 20 June.

Summer School Sunday through Friday Social Evenings:
walk-in fee of $20 per person per evening to be paid at the door; no prior notification required.

ALL dancers under the age of 18 years are required to attend with a parent or guardian
who will be responsible for them for the duration of the Summer Event.

Fee Schedule for TC Weekend (TCW)  and Summer School (SS) Week
Registration period 15 February through 20 June 2017.
The fee schedule below lists the Regular Registration fee.
Participants registering and paying from 15 February through 15 April 2017 will receive a 10% discount.

All prices are per person.  All rooms are single occupancy.
Each attendee registers and pays separately.
All prices are in CANADIAN $$ and include the Canadian Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% and the British Columbia Provincial Accommodation Sales Tax (PST) of 8%
All registrations will be submitted on-line with on-line payment by credit card or PayPal.
Registrants can use a single registration process to register for either TCW or SS or for both TCW and SS.

Registration Fees in Canadian $$  for TCW and SS
Registration opens online 15 February 2017
10% discount applies to the fee if paid by 15 April 2017
TAC Summer Event


TC Weekend only  21-23 July
for TAC Member
$550 $365
TC Weekend only  21-23 July
for Non-member companion
both TC Weekend and SS Week 21-30 July
for TAC Member at TCW/Dancer at SS
$1950 $1060
TC Weekend and SS Week 21-30 July
for Non-member companion at TCW/Dancer at SS
SS Week only  23-30 July
for Dancer at SS
$1430 $725
SS Week only  23-30 July
for Non-dancer companion at SS


Additional night's accommodation
Registrants who plan to arrive a day early (Thursday 20 July for TCW or Saturday 22 July for SS) or depart a day later (staying overnight Sunday 23 July after TCW or Sunday 30 July after SS) can purchase additional accommodation and breakfast for the extra nights at CAD$56 per night per person.  If participants want to be certain of being accommodated in the same room on the extra night(s) as for the event being attended, the extra accommodation must be reserved and paid at the time of event registration.

Cancellation: All refunds on or before 20 June 2017 will incur a $50 administration fee.
NO REFUNDS will be given after 20 June 2017 under any circumstances.
Participants are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury, inability to attend, delayed arrival, early departure, or other circumstances.

ConTACt the TAC Summer Events 2017 Committee
A single committee is organizing both the Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW) and Summer School (SS)
Director:   Fiona Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Assistant Director:  Tine MacKay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Registrar:   Gail Michener (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Treasurer:   Sandy Gallamore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Local Committee Convenor:  Fran Caruth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Dances taught at Summer School 2014

by the core teachers 




Dance Name

Dance Source







Keith Bark


The Whistling Wind

RSCDS Book 36




The Sheltered Cove

Aye Afloat




Aird of Coigach

RSCDS Imperial Book




The One O'Clock Canon

RSCDS Book 47          




Miss Catherine Allan

RSCDS Leaflet 




Aird of Coigach

RSCDS Imperial Book




The Countess of Dunmore's Reel

Deirdre MacCuish Bark




Royal Albert Country Dance

RSCDS Book 24




The Sheltered Cove

Aye Afloat




The Dancing Man

RSCDS Graded Book 2




The Lincoln Imp

Deirdre MacCuish Bark




Aird of Coigach

RSCDS Imperial Book



High Energy

Ysobel/Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich

Bankhead 5/RSCDS Leaflet





Inverness Diamond Jubilee




The Harbour City

Harbour City




The Lincoln Imp

Deirdre MacCuish Bark







Graham Donald


Miss Johnstone of Dumfries

Bob Campbell 




The Silver City

John Drewry




Music Makars

RSCDS Book 33




Leith Country Dance

RSCDS Book 18




The Beauty of the North

John Drewry




Lass O' Livingston

RSCDS Book 8




My Spouse Nancy

RSCDS Leaflet




Munro Rant





Music Makars

RSCDS Book 33



High Energy

The Dalesman

Roy Goldring




New Park

RSCDS Book 19




My Spouse Nancy

RSCDS Leaflet



Improving Technique

The Chain Walk

Roy Goldring




Milton's Welcome

RSCDS Book 33



Combined Class

Sunshine and Sweetie's Jig

RSCDS Book 48




Graham's Frolic

Eddy West







Marjorie McLaughlin


Miss Mary Douglas

RSCDS Book 10




Balquidder Strathspey

RSCDS Book 23




Lady Susan Stewart

RSCDS Book 5




Knit the Pocky

RSCDS Book 11




Tine's Jig

Brunken - Moments in Time




Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh

RSCDS Book 39




Sleepy Maggie

RSCDS Book 11




Founders' Reel

Brandon - Dances with a Difference, Vol. 1




Geneva Park

Campbell - Geneva Park Dances Part 1




Mrs. Stewart of Fasnacloich

RSCDS Jubileee Leaflet





Drewry - Bankhead 5




Argyll's Bowling Green

RSCDS Book 15



High Energy

Paris Celebration Medley

Zobel - Dancing on Air




The Dilemma

Zobel - Dancing on Air




Founders' Reel

Brandon - Dances with a Difference, Vol. 1







Tim Wilson


The Lowland Lilt

Johnstone - Loreburn Dances 3 




Speirs Bruce, The Pole Star

RSCDS Scotia Suite




Fair Play

Tim Wilson




The Pinewoods Two-Step

Rae - A Dancing Tour

March 6x32



Captain MacBean's Reel

RSCDS Book 17




The Corian Strathspey

RSCDS Book 43




Speirs Bruce, The Pole Star

RSCDS Scotia Suite




To Friends

Irene Townshend




Mole's Frolic

Winter - Dunsmuir Dances




The Pinewoods Two-Step

Rae - A Dancing Tour

March 6x32



The Immigrant Lass

RSCDS Book 39




Fair Play

Tim Wilson




Teviot Bridge

RSCDS Book 5




The Bonnie Links




High Energy

The Pinewoods Two-Step

Rae - A Dancing Tour

March 3x32 + J3x32



The Immigrant Lass

RSCDS Book 39




The Bonnie Links





Margaret Parker's Strathspey

RSCDS Book 31




Lang May Your Lum Reek

Barry Priddey




The Elusive Muse

Wilson - Measures of Pleasure



San Fransisco Dances

A Reel for Poggy

Langdon-Kass - Measures of Pleasure





Ron Wallace




Those Eyes

Bruce Herbold



Combined Class

Chased Lovers

Tim Wilson




The Byron Strathspey

Drewrey - Deeside 2



Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship at the 2019 TAC Summer School 

July 28 - August 4, 2019

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Brown imageBackground

Bobby Brown (1941-2011) devoted his life to the playing, researching, recording, and teaching of Scottish Dance Music. As an individual performer, a member of two Scottish Country Dance Bands, the Musical Director of the internationally renowned fiddle troupe The Cape Breton Symphony, and the leader of The Scottish Accent, Bobby Brown was a leading proponent of Scottish Country Dance music and traditional Scottish music in Canada, the United States, Britain, and Europe for over fifty years.

Scope and Purpose

Understanding that cultural preservation is dependent upon the devoted cultivation and transition of knowledge, Bobby Brown encouraged young musicians to learn and preserve the songs and tunes of the Scottish tradition. At workshops and classes, Bobby set aside his performer responsibilities to become an engaging teacher and eagerly instructed participants in the subtle idiomatic nuances of traditional Scottish music. He loved playing, and Scottish music was in his soul.

In his memory, the annual Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship was initiated in 2015 to provide funding towards the cost for tuition, meals, and accommodation for one musician to attend one of the following:
• A music internship at TAC Summer School
• A music course at TAC Summer School
• A music course at a TAC-recognized Scottish Country Dance event

2018 Bobby Brown Apprentice

Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson discovered Scottish fiddle in 2007, and Scottish Country Dancing a few years later.  Since then, she has devoted her learning to those two areas.  Her passion has taken her to Scotland on music-related trips four times, including highlights such as a week’s worth of lessons from Aonghas Grant and attendance at some of Shetland Fiddle Frenzy.  She currently plays for socials at the Twin Cities RSCDS Branch in Minneapolis and takes lessons from Melinda Crawford Perttu via Skype.  Sarah plays with a band, Scotch Eggs, that plays traditional Scottish music.  She seeks to gain additional understanding of the nuances of dance music, as well as continue learning to put together sets.  She hopes to use the knowledge gained at the Summer School to contribute to the success of the branch house band, and hopefully to work with teachers.


Previous Bobby Brown Apprentices

2018 Sarah Thompson, Minneapolis, MN, US
2017 Martha Matthews, Los Angeles, CA, US
2016 Heather Cameron, Plymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
2015 Mary Ross, Victoria, BC, Canada

The Music Director for the 2019 TAC Summer School will work with one pre-selected lead player /melody instrument (fiddle, accordion, keyboard) on a daily basis in the capacity of private tutor/coach. By the conclusion of the week, the candidate will have all the necessary information and skills to confidently and competently play for a class and future dances. This program could potentially be developed to incorporate additional summer school musicians working in the same manner with piano, bass, drums, or other instruments.

The apprentice program will include:

  • Selection of approved and appropriate music for dances
  • Tempos
  • Opening & Closing Chords (Bow & Curtsey)
  • Grace notes & other idiomatic choices
  • Phrasing, Dynamics, Interpretation
  • Assembling sets/ musical research
  • Guiding & assisting the candidate through classes
  • Working with teachers
  • Afternoon discussions and preparation for following day
  • Involving and preparing candidate for participation in evening socials where possible

Eligibility Criteria:
Provided a suitable applicant meets all the following criteria, one award will be made for 2019
• The musician must have demonstrated a genuine interest in Scottish music, preferably with some experience playing Scottish Country Dance Music
• The musician must have a desire to improve his or her musical skills
• The musician must display an appropriate level of technical proficiency on his/her instrument, with the ability to improve musical skills
• The musician must have the passion and commitment to continue to play for and promote the music for Scottish Country Dancing


Application Process:
Next deadline March 31, 2019

A musician may apply for the 2019 Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship by submitting:

• the completed application form (download Music Application Form)
• a letter of application which addresses each of the above eligibility criteria
• a recording of three tunes; at least two of the tunes should be in the Scottish idiom
• a letter of reference from a Scottish Country Dance teacher, RSCDS Branch, or music teacher

Please submit the application for the 2019 Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship by email to Ellen Sears, the Director of TAC Summer Events 2019, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by  March 31, 2019.
Please include the applicant's surname and the phrase 2019 Music Intern in the email subject line and in the file names of attachments.


Selection Process:

• Applications for the 2019 Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship received by the deadline will be reviewed by a committee of the Teachers' Association (Canada) including, but not limited to: TAC Chair, TAC Treasurer, TAC Summer Events Director, and TAC Summer School Music Director.
• The award will be presented to the recipient in the form of a pre-paid scholarship (to a maximum of the cost of the full-week resident registration fee, including meals and accommodation, dependent on the value of funds available)
• A recipient can only be awarded the scholarship once
• Following the 2019 TAC Summer School, the recipient will forward a report on his/her experience to the Teachers' Association (Canada) for publication in the next issue of TACTalk

Direct any queries to the Director of Summer School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.