Fort Worden Workshop

The Fort Worden Workshop weekend is the Seattle Branch's annual dance workshop held at Fort Worden State Park just outside of Port Townsend, WA. Since it began in 1974, the annual Fort Worden Dance weekend has been a place where Scottish Country dancers from the Pacific Northwest and around the globe can gather to dance, improve our techniques, and have fun.

Traditionally the Fort Worden weekend starts with a Welcome Dance on Friday evening, after participants have registered and settled into their lodgings for the weekend. Dancing is usually followed by a Ceilidh where our weekend guests share their talents.

On Saturday, there are two classes in the morning and one after lunch. To fill in the remainder of the afternoon you can go to an optional ball walk-through, a beach walk, a visit to near-by Port Townsend, enjoy a relaxing foot massage, take a nap--your choice. The evening Ball opens with a champagne reception then a Grand March leads off the dancing. There are many after-parties where weekend guests gather to jam, sing, chat, eat and drink.

​Sunday morning is a general session for all participants; it is a great time to learn from a teacher perhaps missed on Saturday and to dance once more to our musicians. The weekend comes to a close with thanks, farewells, and “Auld Lang Syne”.

An important note about Fort Worden 2020

We will be taking a break from our Fort Worden Weekend in 2020. We don't know what changes will come in 2021. In the meantime, seize this opportunity to celebrate the 45th year of the Fort Worden Dance Weekend at our Sapphire Anniversary celebration this year!

Fort Worden Workshop 2019

September 6-8, 2019

Jimmie Hill (Scotland)
Robert McOwen (MA)
Marjorie McLaughlin (CA)

Lisa Scott (piano), OR
Deby Benton Grosjean (fiddle), CA
Judi Nicolson (fiddle), TX
Calum MacKinnon (fiddle), WA

This year we are also offering a Friday afternoon Teachers' Workshop taught by Jimmie Hill. The workshop is for people who teach Scottish Country Dance (teaching certificate not required) or experienced dancers who are considering becoming a teacher in the near future. It will take place on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 at Erickson Hall.

2019 Workshop Schedule

12:30-3:30 pm: Teachers' Workshop taught by Jimmie Hill
4:00 pm (possibly as early as 3:30): Registration table opens at Erickson Hall (Jefferson County Fairgrounds)
6:30-7:00 pm: Dinner at Fort Worden Commons
8:00 pm: Welcome Dance at Erickson Hall followed by Ceilidh

7:30-8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00-10:30 am: Workshop session 1
10:45 am -12:00 pm: Workshop session 2
12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch
1:15-2:30 pm: Workshop session 3
2:45-4:00 pm: Ball walkthrough 4:30-6:15 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Ball (Grand March at 7:30, champagne reception at interval)

8:00-8:30 am: Breakfast
9:30-11:30 am:Combined social class at Erickson Hall (open to all attendees)
Keys must be returned to the registration desk at Erickson Hall by 10:00 am!

2019 Dance Programs

Friday Welcome Dance:

Miss Allie Anderson (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
Jean Martin of Aberdeen (S3x32) 3C set
Polharrow Burn (R5x32) 5C set
The Laird of Milton’s Daughter (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
Miss Gibson’s Strathspey (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
Trip to Timber Ridge (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

Mrs. Stewart's Jig (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
City of Belfast (S3x32) 3C set
Pinewoods Reel (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
The Piper and the Penguin (R88) sq. set
Lammermuir Hills (S8x32) 2C (4C set)
JB Milne (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

Saturday Ball:

The Jubilee Jig (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
Bonnie Stronshiray (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
An Officer and a Gentleman (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
The Compleat Gardener (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
Fair Donald (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
Back to the Fireside (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
The Nurseryman (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
The Montgomeries Rant (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

Machine Without Horses (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
The Robertson Rant (S80) sq. set
Da Rain Dancin’ (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
Moneymusk (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
High Lodge (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
Neidpath Castle (S3x32) 3C set
The Reel of the Royal Scots (R8x32) 3C (4C set)