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About Us


What is the RSCDS?
Do men have to wear the kilt...?
Is there a lot to learn?
And who does the teaching?
What about experienced dancers who want to join?
How much does it cost?
And what else do you do, apart from the Wednesday evenings?
How do I go about trying it?



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What is the RSCDS?
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society aims to ensure that the art of Scottish Country Dance, much of its repertoire dating back two centuries and before, is not lost in the modern world. The organisation is now world-wide and Scottish Country Dancing is practised and performed in many countries, not all English-speaking or ex-British Commonwealth. Books of dances, both new and traditional and dance music can be found on the website and the Society organises events such as summer School, winter school and the spring fling for younger members. 


Do men have to wear the kilt, and women a white dress and tartan sash, and then what about shoes?
Well, some of us do wear the kilt, or a white dress and tartan sash, but usually that’s when we’re in a dance demonstration team or attending a special occasion. But on Branch nights all you’ll need are comfortable clothes, and flat shoes or even trainers will be fine. If you decide to take up Scottish Country Dancing, we can tell you where to find comfortable dance shoes. 

Is there a lot to learn?
You’ll need to learn the steps and some of the figures first of all, and that happens in the Beginners’ and Improvers' classes.
Some dancers take longer than others to pick up the basics – a good sense of rhythm and previous experience of dancing is helpful but not essential - but it’s always enjoyable and you’ll be amongst people who’ve all had to start from scratch at some time! And once you have mastered the basics, there will be chances to learn some dances with a more experienced partner. The Advanced class spends a lot of its time on learning new dances and reviving older ones…and smartening up steps and figures, too! 

And who does the teaching?
We are taught by fully qualified teachers of Scottish Country Dancing, assisted by experienced dancers.

What about experienced dancers who want to join?
They’re more than welcome – simply come along to a Branch night and you’ll be invited to join one of the classes / social dancing.

How much does it cost?
RSCDS and branch membership currently costs £20 per year (joint membership and under 25 membership is also available). We pay £4 for each Wednesday evening (£3.50 for concessions).

And what else do you do, apart from the Wednesday evenings?
We have monthly Advanced demonstration workshops on a Friday. We hold `Saturday Socials’ during the season and try to ensure that as many of the dances as possible are taught in the weeks leading up to them so that newer dancers can join in with confidence. We talk through a summary of the dance just before the music starts. There’s a New Year’s Eve Dance with a toast to the New Year. We have live music twice a year including at our Annual Dance (in March or May). And that’s only our programme: once you start to get the hang of things you’ll perhaps want to join those of us who go to other towns and cities to support their socials, too.

How do I go about trying it?
If there’s anything else that you’d like to know, email Elizabeth. Or simply come to a Branch night – Wednesday evenings in term-time from September to May. Details of dates are on the programme (see the link on the Calendar page). Details of the location and times are on the Classes page. Why not bring a friend? And the first night’s on us.


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