TAC Summer Events

eachers' Conference Weekend    July 24 - 26, 2020
The Teachers' Conference weekend begins with registration and room check-in beginning
at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 24th, followed by dinner and a welcome dance on Friday evening,
and ends with a discussion session on Sunday, July 26th following lunch.

Summer School Week   July 26 - August 2, 2020

Summer School week begins with registration and room check-in beginning at
3:00 pm on Sunday, July 26th and ends on Sunday, August 2nd 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 traveling 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
  • FREE WIFI in all suites
  • 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 licence 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. There is no charge to park on campus on Sundays.


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 24th in the Recreation Centre.  The meeting room will be announced soon.

  • 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 25th.
  • 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

         Campus residents are offered 25% off of the drop-in pass rate. Show your key at customer service.

         The regular rate for adult drop-in is $12 and Senior drop-in is $8.

         The schedule for the pool can be found online: 


What to Bring

  • dance descriptions for evening social dances (as soon as the programmes are finalized you will be able to 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
  • casual clothes for the ceilidh and after-dance hospitality mixers
  • swimwear for campus swimming pools
  • a 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, hairdryer, etc
  • hat, sunscreen, umbrella, light jacket, something warmer for the occasional cool night walking back to the 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 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 strenuous 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 3-12, 2020 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 paleontology 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/

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


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. Shadowbox 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 a 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, the 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's 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. The 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. The 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 the town. See details and schedules online. Fares vary. 






Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship at the 2020 TAC Summer School 

July 26 - August 2, 2020

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

2019 Bobby Brown Apprentice

Lorraine McCormickLorraine McCormick, Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Lorraine McCormick, from Lethbridge in southern Alberta, has had a life-long interest in music which she has pursued along different tracks in different places. She began by studying voice and piano, completing senior level Toronto Royal Conservatory exams, before receiving a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Alberta, following up with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. In London, England, she studied classical guitar. Returning to Lethbridge, she taught piano and music theory, developing a studio of more than forty students of various ages and skill levels.

Her love of singing took her into Sweet Adelines (women's barbershop) with several groups including Edmonton's Gateway Chorus, competing internationally and singing in Carnegie Hall; she also arranged some of the group's performance pieces. More recently, she has taken up the Celtic harp, alto recorder, and English handbells.

She played keyboard with GlenMorin Scottish country dance band before forming her own keyboard and recorder duo ("The Spurtles") which plays for weekly classes and monthly socials of the Lethbridge Scottish country dance club, and also a harp and recorder trio ("Thistle Do") to pursue her love of Celtic music.


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 2020 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 2020
• 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, 2020

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 2020 Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship by email to Kathy Simonsen, Director of TAC Summer Events 2020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by  March 31, 2020
Please include the applicant's surname and the phrase 2020 Music Intern in the email subject line and in the file names of attachments.


Selection Process:

• Applications for the 2020 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 2020 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.

T.A.C. Summer School Tour Options

TAC 2014 Summer School is pleased to offer the following activities for interested dancers during our mid-week break on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Both tours will be aboard an air-conditioned coach bus, departing from the South Hall residence.  All the options are space limited and will be available on a first come, first registered basis.

Prepayment is required to secure your space on the tours. Register online now!

All events will run, rain or shine, providing the minimum required number of people have signed up for each event. In the unfortunate circumstance that the tours have to be cancelled for any reason, registration moneys will be refunded.

If paying by cheque, please send payment in US funds to:

Barbara Anglin

25 Jansen Road

Ottawa, ON K2H 5W6



Option 1 - Rocky Mountain National Park


Travel through rugged Big Thompson Canyon.  Visit the mountain village of Estes Park and explore the multitude of souvenir shops. Walk to a waterfall or around an alpine lake. Witness beautiful meadows and discover fragile alpine tundra.  See incredible mountain views as you travel 11 miles (17.6km) above timberline while reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet (3,715m) on Trail Ridge Road.  Observe a variety of wildlife including herds of grazing elk and yellow-bellied marmots.  (Park entrance fee included)


Duration: Approximately 6 hours.  

Cost: $60* USD per person (min 35 guests, max 55)

Departs: 12:30 pm  

These rates* include snacks and drinks.

Option 2 - Craft Brewery Tour

Come take a ride with us on the NoCo Short Bus! The Colorado Rockies have inspired many to experiment with the flavors and combinations that make amazing beers. With over 40 craft breweries in the area, it only makes sense to try a few! You’ll get to experience multiple local craft breweries, sample up to 16 craft beers, and have a chance to learn about what makes each brewery different.


Duration: Approximately 4.5 - 5 hours.

Cost: $75 USD per person (max 14 guests)

Departs: 1:00 pm


The tour will visit the following breweries:

 City Star Brewery - Berthoud, CO

City Star Brewing offers small batch American ales, hand crafted on a 3.5 barrel brew system in the heart of downtown Berthoud, CO. City Star believes beer is best consumed fresh, directly from its source, and has adopted a taproom-centric model encouraging this. Winning 2 medals at the 2013 Great American Brew fest proves they have what it takes to make great beer!

 Loveland Aleworks - Loveland, CO

Loveland Aleworks is an independent, family-owned brewery offering a selection of small batch, handcrafted beers. Passionate about brewing ales that they and their customers believe in, Loveland Aleworks brews what they like, not limiting themselves to any certain style of ale. Loveland Aleworks creates quality ales using the best ingredients.

 Verboten Brewing - Loveland, CO

Verboten Brewing was founded in 2011 by homebrewers Joe and Keri Akers and Josh and Angie Grenz. A boutique brewery that includes one Nitro tap and rotates seasonal and unique and exciting selections often, Verboten Brewing derives its name from the “forbidden” ingredients that were rejected by the German Purity Law for beer. Their motto is “Beer For All” and firmly believes that there is a beer out there that will appeal to everyone.

 Grimm Brothers - Loveland, CO

Only the finest ingredients go into the production of Grimm Brothers Beer. Founded in 2010, Grimm Brothers has been a three time Great American Beer Festival medal winner and Gnarly Barley Brew Festival People’s Choice Award winner three years in a row.  Grimm Brothers specializes in German Style Ales and Lagers brewed in the traditional manner but with innovative American freedom. 

TAC Summer Events

Teachers' Conference Weekend  29 - 31 July 2016
Summer School Week  31 July - 7 August 2016

2600 College St., Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z7, Canada

Accommodation in Paterson Hall at Bishop's University

2016 TAC Summer Events participants will be housed in Paterson Hall, an L-shaped, four-story, air-conditioned residence within the campus of Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.  Accomodation is suite style, with four bedrooms per suite, three with single beds and one with a double bed.  Each suite includes a kitchen, lounge, dining area, and two bathrooms.
Smoking is banned on campus in all public buildings including student residences.  Smoking is also banned outdoors within 9 m of any door leading to a campus building and in other designated non-smoking areas.

TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW) registration fee includes two night's accommodation (Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July); departure date Sunday 31 July
TAC Summer School (SS) registration fee includes seven night's accommodation (Sunday 31 July through Saturday 6 August); departure date Sunday 7 August
Combined TCW and SS registration fee includes nine night's accommodation (Friday 29 July through Saturday 6 August); departure date Sunday 7 August
For information on reserving an extra night's accommodation (with meals) before TCW (Thursday 28 July) or SS (30 July) or after TCW (31 July) go to Extra Options 2016.


For directions and a campus map for Bishop's University, consult the University's Directions and Maps web page.

What's in the four-bedroom suite?


Each suite has a maximum capacity of 5 people and contains:

4 bedrooms; three single-occupancy rooms with a single bed and one double-occupancy room with a double bed
2 bathrooms, each with shower and one with bath
kitchen with oven, refrigerator, cutlery/crockery for 5 people (but no toaster, microwave, or coffee maker)
dining area
lounge with openable windows
Wi-Fi wireless network


What's in the bedroom?

Each bedroom contains:

one bed (single in 3 of the rooms and double in 4th room)
linens and towels (additional blankets and towels available from Paterson front desk)
desk and chair
bureau and closet (no coat hangers, so bring your own)
nightstand and lamp
openable window

What's in the building?

large common lounge on the main floor available at all times, including evening hospitality
alcohol is permited in non-public areas
small TV room per floor
laundry facilities on main floor ($1.25 per wash cycle, $1.25 per drying cycle)
laundry card and laundry supplies purchasable at Paterson front desk
hair dryer, iron, ironing board available on loan from Paterson front desk
Wi-Fi wireless network throughout the residence


The 48th TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend and AGM will be held from

 July 24 - July 26, 2020 at

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Join us in Calgary and enjoy a weekend with fellow teachers from around the world. 

Teacher for the weekend classes will be
Ron Wallace
Musicians will be Judi Nicolson, Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser Collins, and Fred Collins.

Dance Teacher - TCW 2020


Ron Wallace Rohnert Park, California


Some of my earliest memories include watching my parents performing Scottish dance at a Burns Night celebration in Mapleton, Minnesota, where my mother grew up. The organization was started by her uncle and over the years twelve of my relatives were involved. Many of the Scots who settled this area arrived before the SCDS was formed. Their dance style hadn’t evolved with the times as it did in Scotland. For example, dance pumps as we know them today were worn for performance, but not social dancing.

This was a very fertile ground to “grow up with it” and produced dreams of teaching it. When my parents bought a restaurant and my mother couldn’t continue teaching, I had the opportunity to take over. So, at a very early age, that’s exactly what I did. 51 years later I reflect on how little I knew then and how little I know now! The more I learn, the more I want to know.

In 1981, teaching Scottish dance and music became a full-time endeavor with classes in highland, step dance, Cape Breton step, country dance, and piping. Teaching these forms has taken me around the world and provided many an adventure. What better life than to share traditions old and new with all who love to dance!



 Class Musicians - TCW 2020


Judi Nicolson Denton, Texas

Music Director



Scottish fiddler Judi Nicolson is a consummate performer, her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music has created a demand for her solo appearances, concerts and dances throughout the UK and Americas with a variety of groups. Judi is also a USA approved FIRE judge and will be adjudicating her second US Scottish Fiddle Championship competition later this year.

Although classically trained from an early age, her passion was to play Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music. By the age of fifteen, she had won three major Open Scottish Fiddle Championships. Judi went on to play throughout the UK both as a soloist and with some of the finest Scottish Dance Bands. Over the years, she has recorded numerous sessions for Radio, appeared on television and in Theatre.

For more than a decade, Judi has been playing for Concerts, Ceilidhs, Scottish Country dances, workshops, and RSCDS Ball’s throughout the US and Canada. She has played for both Adelaide and Melbourne Winter Schools, Australia in 2017 and 1019 respectfully, and Music Director for Boston Harbor Fiddle School 2019.

Judi has recorded 3 solo albums and 14 albums with a variety of great musicians including her CD ‘Fiddle My Style’ in 1917 along with fellow musicians Kathy Fraser-Collins (Piano and Accordion), Fred Collins (Drums) and Rob Wolanski (Double Bass and Guitar). Her book of compositions, ‘Waves of Sound’, was published in 2002, and a second book ‘Fiddle My Style’ was published in 2018.

An exciting new CD ‘Fire Away’, recorded in November 2019 was released this year along with Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser-Collins, Fred Collins and guest musician Rob Wolanski. This 20 track CD has a variety of styles and tempo’s suitable for Dancing and listening.

Judi is honored to be Musical Director for TAC 2020 held in Calgary, Canada this summer.



Ian Muir  Prestwick, Scotland




Ian has been playing for Scottish dancing in all its forms for the past 40 years.  Scottish Country Dancing, Ceilidh, and Old-Time dancing have been the mainstay of his long career in music.  As well as playing for dancing he has performed solo in Scottish Variety theatres throughout the country and has toured extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  He formed his own Scottish danced band in 1984 and has been a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme as a bandleader and for two summer seasons was the programme’s presenter.

He combines playing duties with his tutorial role as Principal Accordion Tutor in the Scottish Music Department at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a post he has held for 23 years.

Since 2012 Ian has been on staff at three TAC Summer School events in Portland, Oregon, Bishops’ University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and at UBC in Vancouver.  He played at the Vancouver Branch’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, the San Francisco Branch’s Asilomar weekend in California in 2013, and the Edmonton, Alberta weekend school.

Recent studio recordings include RSCDS Book 51, a commission by Bill Little for part of his Carlingwork Collection, and a recent collaboration with Judi Nicolson, Kathy Fraser-Collins, and Fred Collins in the album “Fire Away.”

Ian is very much looking forward to playing at the TAC Summer Events in Calgary!



Kathy Fraser-Collins

Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario


Kathy was born in a rural farming community near the Scottish settlement of Glengarry County, Ontario. She began playing the piano at age 5 and spent 35 years performing with Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent and Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers for many tours, workshops, dances, and recordings. With degrees from McGill and University of Toronto, she taught high school music from 1980 to 2009, retiring from her hometown school in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Kathy was inducted into the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with her husband Fred, she remains very involved in the music scene in their area. They are members of the Quigley Highlanders Pipes and Drums, E.H. Gospel Sound and enjoy promoting young local musicians through their own Torridon Scottish Dance Band. They recently have been privileged to work with many other outstanding musicians including Judi Nicolson and Ian Muir and were thrilled to collaborate with them on our new CD “Fire Away”! Kathy was honoured to be named Music Director for the 2015 and 2016 TAC Summer Schools and is thrilled to be participating once again in Summer School 2020.



Fred Collins

Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario


Drumming was an early passion for Dundee born Fred Collins and the opportunity came when joining the Boy’s Brigade at age 12. Fred soon became a member of the competitive MacLeod Pipe Band performing at highland games throughout Scotland. With members of his Boy’s Brigade, he formed a Scottish Country Dance band “The Gie Gordons” while also being called upon to play with such bands as Jimmy Shand, Angus Fitchet and John Ellis. On a “holiday” to Canada in 1954, Fred was immediately recruited by the Toronto Scottish Pipe Band and shortly thereafter joined Ed Brydie & “The Four Scots”, providing music for the first SCD class in Toronto. After two years back in Dundee, Fred returned to Canada in 1964 and over the years was a member of a variety of dance bands including Stan Hamilton, Angus MacKinnon, Don Bartlett, Alex Jappy, Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent and the Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers. Fred’s ‘other’ life has included a managerial position with Shell Canada, his own renovation company, percussion tutor and repair technician and last but not least............farmer!!!!