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Red Thistle Dancers in the News!

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The Red Thistle Dancers 

Half Moon Bay Review  May 2, 2016


The Red Thistle Dancers entertained a crowd at Senior Coastsiders on Saturday. The troupe is dedicated to sharing the dances and music of the Scotland with people throughout the Bay Area. 

The Red Thistle Dancers - Californians John and Jennifer Kelly share a love, and a love for Scottish Dancing

Celtic Life  October, 2015


Since 1973, husband and wife John and Jennifer Kelly have been part of San Francisco’s iconic Red Thistle Dancers – both as dancers, and as president and artistic director respectively. The group is renowned for both its Scottish country dancing and its Highland dancing.

The Red Thistle Dancers - Friday Nights at the de Young: Opening of Season 11

San Francisco Chronicle  April 17, 2015


We open Season 11 of Friday Nights at the de Young with a celebration of the special exhibition Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland and the annual Bouquets to Artexhibition.

Opening night will feature a special lecture by Esther Bell, Curator-in-Charge of European Painting, bagpippers, performances by Red Thistle Dancers, art making, and open studio hours for April's Artist-in-Residence, Jon Bernson.

The Red Thistle Dancers feature in the Interactive Edition of Jane Austen's  Pride and Prejudice

Knopf Doubleday  October 21, 2014


The first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world—now as an interactive eBook—is a sheer delight for fans and students of Jane Austen. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations and hundreds of illustrations edited by Austen scholar David Shapard, along with video provided by BBC Worldwide Learning, and many unique interactive features.


The Red Thistle Dancers perform the dance "Petronella" as an illustration in several places to passages from the text such as this memorable exchange between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett at the Netherfield Ball:  "Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?"

Red Thistle Dancers perform in Portola Valley.

San Jose Mercury News. March 8, 2013


Red Thistle Dancers perform a traditional Scottish dance at the Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley on Friday.

The public event included live music and traditional Scottish country and highland dancing in Victorian-era costumes. 

Kicking up their heels at Tartan Day Scottish Faire

Contra Costa Times, April 4, 2011


The droning, harmonious sound of bagpipes filled the air at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on Saturday for the Tartan Day Scottish Faire.


More than a Fling

Palo Alto Weekly Edition, Jun 22, 2007 


"McPherson, Anderson, Macintyre, McGregor." As Scottish dancers pass by, kilt maker Coletta Hill reads their pleated blue, green, white and red clan tartans as though translating characters in a wool-based Scottish language.

The Red Thistle Dancers, a Palo Alto Scottish dance performance group, is having its weekly rehearsal in preparation for a summer of Scottish Highland games. 

Dancing Feet From Around the World

The Almanac, Atherton, March 14, 2007


The Red Thistle Dancers will be presenting an exciting multi-ethnic concert on April 21st at 8 p.m. and April 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at the Performance Arts Center in Woodside High School , Woodside. 

Folk Dancing at Camellia Festival

Lodi News Sentinel, March 9, 1978


Hundreds of folk dancers from throughout Northern California will gather in Sacramento Saturday and Sunday to participate in a festival hosted by the Sacremento Council of Folk Dance Clubs.

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