2022 IB Weekend and Tour in Italy
IB invites you to come dancing and discover the charm of two regions of Italy: Le Marche and Emilia-Romagna.
Friday 30 September

Monday 3 October 2022

Civitanova Marche

Souvenir Booklet
(You will receive a printed copy of this on arrival)
Full Board Accommodation:
Dance classes on Saturday,
Sunday and Monday mornings
Afternoon tours of Ancona
and Riviera del Conero
Friday Welcome Dance
Saturday Ceilidh
Sunday Gala Ball
Elke Baker, USA
Andy Imbrie, USA
Phill Jones, UK
Antoine Rousseau, FR
Zsófi József, UK & HU
Samuele Graziani, IT
Monday 3 October

Sunday 9 October 2022

tour programme
Monday 3rd October
Coach tour to Ascoli Piceno "The Living Room of Italy"
Dinner in the medieval Restaurant Locanda del Medioevo
Tuesday 4th October
Travel by coach to Bologna via Ravenna (Mosaics — World Heritage Site)
Hotel: Star Excelsior 4 star, Bologna (bed & breakfast)
Wednesday 5th October
Walking tour of Bologna, followed by free time in Bologna
Dinner at restaurant La Verace
Thursday 6th October
Free day to explore Bologna or take a train to Venice, Florence or Verona
Evening: join the N. Italy Branch for dancing
Friday 7th October
Coach tour to Parma and Busseto (cheese, ham and wine tasting) including lunch
Saturday 8th October
Coach tour to Modena (balsamic vinegar cellar) including lunch
Dinner at the hotel
Youth Branch Weekend Away Ball with music by Keith Smith and Anne-Laure Latour
Ball programme
Sunday 9th October
Fare thee well
Remember to bring:
  • A photocopy of your passport for hotel registration (2 copies if you are doing the Bologna part)
  • A prize for the raffle
  • Dance cribs: download from the website, or on the smartphone SCD Cribs app (IDs 32912 and 32913)
  • COVID lateral flow test kits
Do let us know:
  • Your ceilidh act: please contact the ceilidh-maestro@rscds-ib.org with the details
  • When you will be arriving at Bologna on Thursday or Friday to see if we can arrange a group bus transfer: contact event2022@rscds-ib.org
  • if you are doing the tour, do you intend to join the Northern Italy branch dance class on Thursday evening? contact event2022@rscds-ib.org
Health and Safety
  • Please note that masks are not mandatory in Italy but we would advise that you wear them whilst travelling.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the hotel and we ask that you wash your hands regularly.
  • If you think you have any Covid symptoms, please do a lateral flow test and inform a member of the Organising Committee if it is positive.
If you have further questions, check the 'Frequently Asked Questions', or contact the organisers: event2022@rscds-ib.org
The dance weekend will take place in Civitanova Marche, about 50km south of Ancona with a great lineup of 3 musicians and 3 teachers for classes and evening dancing. There will also be afternoon tours of Ancona and the Riviera del Conero.
The tourism programme will continue from there, staying one more night in Civitanova Marche to take in a visit to Ascoli Piceno and then travelling on to Bologna for five nights, staying in a 4 star accommodation.
Visits are scheduled to Ravenna, Modena and Parma as well as allowing plenty of free time to enjoy “La Grassa” - Bologna is the centre of Italian gastronomy.
Prices (based on double/twin room occupancy):
Dance weekend:
IB member:
single supplement:
Touring programme *:
single supplement:
* The price for the tour programme is calculated on a minimum of 72 participants and the IB reserves the right to revise the price if final numbers fall below this number.
Note that the International Branch cannot take responsibility for insurance and it is up to the individual participants to ensure they have appropriate cover.
If you would like more information about the weekend and/or the tour, please contact the organisers directly.

And here's a video of the IB Happy Hour from October 16, with guest Elke Baker, one of the musicians who will be playing for the Italy weekend:
And here's a one from the IB Happy Hour from October 17, with guest Andy Imbrie, another of the musicians:
Download the Souvenir Booklet and the tour programme.
Note: Printed copies of these, as well as town maps, will be provided in your welcome pack, so you don't need to print these out.

Download the dance programmes (pdf) for the Welcome dance on the Friday evening, and the Ball on the Sunday evening.
These are also available on the Strathspey server at: Welcome dance and Ball.
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