Make this one special in celebration of the RSCDS’s centenary

Dear Dancing Friends

What a wonderful festival we had in 2022,celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Leeds Branch and the return of our festival. Susan MacFadyen and her Band were a delight, the weather was wonderful and it was particularly pleasing to have three junior teams taking part. 

The organising committee of the White Rose Festival would like to thank you all for your support and hope to see you and your team of fellow dancers at this year’s Festival dancing again to Susan MacFadyen and her Band.

A couple of exciting announcements. Firstly, we will again have a piper to play for us. Pipe Major David Waterton-Anderson is booked for the Grand March and the Highland Dances. David has played for the White Rose Festival when it was at hosted at Becketts Park so it will be a real treat to have him again.  

Secondly, Rod Downey, a New Zealand mathematician and computer scientist, is in Leeds for a couple of weeks and will be opening the Festival. He is well known for his ‘trickier’ dances some of which we have danced at our festivals.
He is also running a workshop in Leeds on the previous Sunday (2nd July). Some spaces are still available. Book now.

If you enjoyed the Festival last year, please encourage your family and friends to come along this year. Teams can dance as many dances as they like and “mix and match” between the adult and junior programmes.  If you have any suggestions concerning the festival, please email us.

906247_10100781931969229_654155322236748959_oDate: Saturday, 8th July 2023

Venue: The Gateways School , Harewood, Leeds , LS17 9LE

Location and practicalities

The school has excellent facilities. It is in a rural setting opposite the Harewood estate approximately 3 miles north of the Leeds city boundary on the Harrogate road.

Yours sincerely,


Chairman, White Rose Festival Committee