Frankfurt Scottish Country Dance Club e.V.

Scottish Dancing in and around Frankfurt, for everyone

48th Frankfurt Spring Ball & Day School

Event type:
Ball, Workshop
April 16, 2016, 10 a.m.
April 16, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
Frankfurt Scottish Country Dance Club
Saal der St.-Josefs-Gemeinde
Eichwaldstraße 41, Frankfurt, Germany
Dagmar Suhm
Johanna Leithoff
Anselm Lingnau
Christine Moos
Marie Schwarz

Our 48th Spring Ball takes place on 16 April 2016 in the hall of the St.-Josefs-Gemeinde (St Joseph Parish Centre, Eichwaldstr. 41, Frankfurt), with music by Christine Moos (fiddle), Anselm Lingnau (piano) and surprise guests.

Like last year, there will be a Day School (for intermediate dancers and above), and Johanna Leithoff (Erfurt) will be our teacher (accompanied by Anselm Lingnau on the piano).

Dagmar Suhm will lead the walk-through session later in the afternoon.


10.00-12.00Day School
13.00-15.00Day School
15.15-16.45Walk-Through for dances from the evening programme

The Day School and walk-through will also be held at the St Joseph Parish Centre.

Further details, the programme of dances, and a registration form will be made available in due course.

Here is a full programme with diagrams, as well as the invitation flyer with diagrams.

Admission to the ball is 32 euros and includes a cold buffet dinner. The walk-through in the afternoon is free for ball attendes. The day school only is 10 euros, and there is a special combination price of only 37 euros for the ball and day school together.

Please register by 10 April 2016 using our online form (see the button at the foot of this page). Pre-payment details will be sent out by e-mail in response to your registration. Guests from outwith the SEPA may pay at the door but must still register ahead of time.

Feel free to contact Marie Schwarz and Anselm Lingnau on +49(0)6131-8807925 or for questions or assistance.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

By train

With Deutsche Bahn, go to Frankfurt main station (Hauptbahnhof) and from there take the U4 subway (low-level station) to “Enkheim”. Stay on the train until the “Höhenstraße” stop. The ride takes 8 minutes. (For BahnCard holders: With a »Frankfurt+City« ticket, no extra RMV ticket is required.) To reach the St.-Josefs-Gemeinde, follow Berger Straße away from the city centre (towards the north-east) for about 150 metres; the entrance to the courtyard is next to the “Weltladen”.

U4 trains run towards the city centre until 1:01am to “Bockenheimer Warte” via the Hauptbahnhof, and until 1:31am to “Konstablerwache”, which is the night-bus hub. Outbound trains run until 1:29am to the terminus at “Enkheim”. The ball finishes at approximately 0:30am, so this should not pose problems for anyone.

With the S-Bahn (suburban rail), the best method is to alight at “Konstablerwache” and change to the U4 to “Enkheim” (journey time to “Höhenstraße” is 4 minutes).

The “Höhenstraße” stop is also served by the no. 32 bus route. This runs between “Westbahnhof” and “Ostbahnhof” until approximately 1pm.

See or for more details.

By car

From the North: Drive south on A3 and at the Bad Homburger Kreuz change to A661 to Offenbach. Take exit 12 towards “Eissporthalle/F-Riederwald”. Follow the Ratsweg (B8) towards the city centre (passing the “Eissporthalle” ice rink on your right) and continue onto Saalburgallee. After approximately 1.3 km, at the end of the median, veer slightly left into Spessartstraße (this involves turning left and then immediately right again). Follow Spessartstraße for approximately 200 m and then turn left into Arnsburger Straße. Follow this for approximately 300 m until Eichwaldstraße. Find a parking space.

From the West: Drive to Frankfurt on A66 until it becomes Miquelallee (B8). Follow the road until it intersects with Berger Straße (easy to recognise by the “Höhenstraße” subway station). Turn onto Berger Straße or Arnsburger Straße – which means continuing on for a little and making a U turn – and find a parking space.

From the South (or as an alternative route from the West): From the Frankfurter Kreuz, follow A3 east towards Würzburg to the Offenbacher Kreuz. Change to A661 to Bad Homburg. Take exit 14 towards “Frankfurt Ost” and go through the motorway underpass towards “F-Bornheim/Messe/Palmengarten/Eissporthalle”. Follow the Ratsweg (B8) towards the city centre. Continue as per “From the North”.

From the East: Take A3 to the Offenbacher Kreuz and continue as per “From the South”. Alternatively, take A66 until the end and turn left onto Borsigallee. At the end of Borsigallee, turn right onto “Am Erlenbruch”. At the end of that road, turn right onto Ratsweg (B8). Continue as per “From the North”.

Parking in the immediate vicinity of the St.-Josefs-Gemeinde may be tricky. There is a chance (but no guarantee) of finding an empty space in the surrounding residential streets – but the area is a twisty maze of one-way streets that can throw non-locals off. The nearest parking garage is at the “Bürgerhaus Bornheim” (Arnsburger Str. 24) and is open all night. Further parking garages are near the Konstablerwache (easy to reach by U-Bahn, see above). Another possible alternative is the “Park+Ride” garage on Borsigallee (U4 stop “Kruppstraße”, 10 minutes journey), which is convenient to reach by U-Bahn and, at €1.50 for 24 hours, unbeatably cheap by Frankfurt standards.


There are no obvious hotels in the immediate vicinity of the venue, but the usual hotel web sites will unearth a variety of offerings catering to all tastes and budgets that will be reachable by U-Bahn or night bus.

There is also very limited opportunity for sleeping-bag accommodation with members of the group – please ask well in advance!


Q. Is there accommodation and/or hospitality?

A. There are no obvious hotels in the immediate vicinity of the venue, but the usual hotel web sites will unearth a variety of offerings catering to all tastes and budgets that will be reachable by U-Bahn or night bus.

We may also be able to arrange private hospitality (sleeping-bag class) with members of the Club. This operates on the time-honoured basis of “first come, first served”.

Day School

Q. Why is there another day school this year?

A. Previous day schools were very well-received, and we would both like to continue the tradition (three times is a tradition as far as we are concerned) and on the other hand give guests from elsewhere an extra incentive to come along.

Q. Will the day school cover dances from the evening programme?

A. Not necessarily – this is why there is a separate “walk-through” with Dagmar in the afternoon. The teacher completely free to select whatever they want to teach at the day school, but it is quite possible that they may intentionally pick dances with similar formations to ones on the programme.

Q. What do you mean, “intermediate and above”?

A. For the day school we stipulate that you can do the five basic Scottish country dance steps and the basic movements and formations (including grand chain, ladies' chain, promenade, allemande, poussette, and reels of three and four) and are able to join them together. This should apply to pretty much anyone who has been dancing on a regular basis for 6–12 months and/or attending dance workshops. If you are unsure, ask your teacher.


Q. What is the “walk-through” in the afternoon?

A. We have 90 minutes to give a quick explanation of the more difficult or less well-known dances on the evening programme, and possibly dance them a few times through (typically “once and to the bottom”). We cannot provide comprehensive tuition, but such a quick walk-through is usually better than nothing. You can leave your fancy duds for the evening; simple “mufti” will suffice.

The walk-through is really meant for dancers from elsewhere, who are invited to make requests. Just because we had the question in the past: It is unfortunately completely unsuitable as a starting session for people who have never done SCD before :^(

The walk-through is free and you do not need to register – if you're there, then you're there.

Q. Will any dances be walked through during the evening?

A. No, but there will be recaps (brief explanations of the dances in English). This is a Frankfurt ball tradition; we try to adjust the ball programme accordingly, and to cover the more unusual dances during the afternoon walk-through.


Q. I just want to watch. Do I get a special price?

Most of the admission fee covers food and the rent for the hall, both of which are largely independent of whether you're dancing or not. This means no.

Q. Is there a concession for children who don't eat that much?

That sounds reasonable. Ask us.

Q. Who are the ”surprise guests”?

A. If we told you it would no longer be a surprise, wouldn't it? (Our regular visitors may not be all that surprised, though.)

Q. What about warming up?

A. It is customary for everybody to take care of themselves as far as the actual ball is concerned. There will be a collective warmup for the afternoon session. We usually pick the first dance of the ball programme such that it does not involve dozens of pas de basque, poussette or hello-goodbye setting; this is an opportunity to “ease into” the dancing for the night.

Q. Will the dances be walked through during the ball?

A. See above under “Walk-Through”.

Q. I haven't been dancing for so long. Which dances on the program will I be able to join?

A. Our ball programme contains a rough guide to the degree of difficulty of each dance (the asterisks in the right part of the Pilling diagram title lines). This is of course subjective but may serve as a starting point. As a beginner one should probably stay away from three-star dances unless one has practised them specially (there are only a few of those on the programme, anyway). As far as the others are concerned, it depends on one's own security and the trustworthiness of one's partner. If one is absolutely unsure about a dance it is probably best to resist any attempts to get one to join it.

Q. Are kilts (for gents) or white dresses and sashes (for ladies) mandatory?

A. We don't know who started that rumour. The only rule for our ball, as for most others, is “appropriately formal, if possible”. With a t-shirt and ragged blue jeans one would be clearly under-dressed compared to most of the attendees; however there is nothing to be said against a white shirt and dark (non-denim) trousers (for gents) or a skirt or summer dress (for ladies).

Q. Why do non-dancing guests have to pay the full entrance fee?

A. Most of the entrance fee actually covers the buffet (the actual prices derive, to a certain degree, from a mixed calculation), so we cannot give a discount to “eating non-dancers”. If a visitor wants to make a brief appearance just to see what a Scottish ball looks like, this will not be a problem even without paying.

Q. Will guests who are not Scottish dancers be able to dance anything at all?

A. Guests can join the waltzes and Zwiefache at the end of the dinner break and, if they hang around long enough, the polka and last waltz after the »Auld Lang Syne«. Everything else, sadly, requires appropriate knowledge. Warning: The speed of Scottish waltzes is between that of the slow waltz and Viennese waltz that you may know from ballroom dancing.

Q. Why Zwiefache?

A. See the official history of the Frankfurt ball (German only for now, sorry).

Q. What about a seating order (and seats in general)?

A. Everybody finds their own place, there are no table registrations like in ballroom dance school (we have enough to organise already without keeping track of who will sit where, thank you very much). Many people reserve their seats when they arrive for the afternoon session, by marking them with spare garments or other sundry articles.

Q. What about a dressing room?

A. Unfortunately there is no dedicated changing space, so you will have to use the “conveniences” :^( Do be advised that we cannot assume liability for any valuables left in the hall.

Q. When is dinner?

A. In Frankfurt we usually break for dinner after the first two dance blocks (six dances), approximately from 8.15pm to 9.45pm.

Q. When does the ball finish?

A. Since we want to tidy up as far as possible immediately after the ball, we aim to finish by 12.30am. This lets people catch the last “U-Bahn“.