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Resources for the beginners course

This page is divided in two parts. The first part is general resources for all beginners. The second part contains notes and tips from the beginners course, and links to dances we have been practicing every week.

Registration for the spring course 2024

The course will run from Monday 8th January to Monday 18th March from 6.15 to 7.45. The course also includes a ceilidh dance on Saturday 27th January at 6.30pm where you can bring friends and family, and a social dance to end the course on Saturday 16th March at 2pm.

The fee is 800 NOK which includes all the classes and events.

The registration form can be found here.

General resources

Each term we run a beginners course. No experience is required. We cover all aspects of Scottish Country Dancing from the very basic. SCD is a social dance form. You will find that you don't dance with the same partner a lot. Actually, you are encouraged to have a new partner for each dance! So there is no need to have a partner to join our course. Come on your own; come with a friend or come with a group of friends. We can promise you lots of fun!

The course runs for 8-10 weeks, and includes a ceilidh night and a Saturday Social dance. The programme for the social dance is based on the dances covered in the beginners class. The goal is to make you acquainted with the steps of SCD, some of the different forms of dances (round the room, longwise set and square set), and a good number of formations.

This quick start guide is a good reference point when you have joined our class. The videos show you the steps we have been working on. The page on steps and holds is great when you have mastered the basic form of the step and would like to improve.

Notes from beginners course spring 2024

Monday 11th March 2024

We will be repeating dances to prepare for the social dance on Saturday 16th March.

The programme can be found here!

Click on Videos in the menu bar to see videos. Cribs and diagrams will tell you how the dance goes. For many of the dances, if you click on the name of the dance in Overview, and then Videos, you can get several videos of the same dance.

Monday 4th March 2024

Knot on a Ferryboat

Craven Reel

Catch the Wind

Monday 26th February 2024

A Highland Welcome

Granville Market

Tap the Barrel

Monday 12th February 2024

We are still working on the setting step, and wanted to learn some new formations: 2 couple allemande and figure of eight. We had fun working on the quite fast figure at the start of Wild Geese.

Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel

Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel (different angle)

Wild Geese (from an instruction video)

Wild Geese (social setting) - you are allowed to make mistakes!

Wild Geese (social setting) - so much fun!

Monday 5th February 2024

We are working hard on 3 couple dances in 4 couple sets and learning new formations. This week we did 3 couple promenade and three hands across.

Ferry Louper

The Lady Synd

Monday 29th January 2024

We did some more work on the travelling step and had our first go at the setting step.

Travelling step

Setting step

Pluto's Head

Old Man of Storr


Scotland (danced with only 2 couples)

Antarctica Bound

Monday 22th January 2024

The group is learning quickly, so we are doing some quite complicated dances:

The Britannia Two Step

The Britannia Two Step

Watson's Reel (Unfortunately, no video available!)

Pluto's Head

Trip to Gatlinburg

Monday 8th January 2024

We were so happy to see all the dancers, old and new!

The Britannia Two Step

The Britannia Two Step

Circassian circle

Canadian Barn Dance

Virginia Reel

Watson's Reel (Unfortunately, no video available!)

Notes from beginners course autumn 2023

Monday 20th November 2023

We did learn reels of three on the sideline today. Lovely to see the progress of all the beginners.

Instructions on how to dance reels of three

New Year Jig

New Year Jig from a demonstration team

Highlandman's Umbrella

Monday 13th November 2023

We had so much fun tonight - we even had three full sets for The Piper and The Penguin

The Royal Deeside Railway

The Piper and The Penguin

Another take on The Piper and The Penguin

Monday 6th November 2023

Great numbers tonight. We had two sets, and lots of lovely dancing!

And For The Young Ones

Merry Reapers

Highland Rambler

And a dance Kristian made up -- so no video exists...

Monday 30th October 2023

What a gale and snowstorm we had. Many struggled to reach are hall, and numbers were somewhat low. But of course we did dance!

Ferry Louper

Fairy Ring


Kingston Jig

Collie Law

Monday 23rd October 2023

The class is learning quickly. We have already started learning formations like Right hands across and Rights and lefts. Well done!

Circassian circle

Britannia two step

Rendezvous Reel (No video available

Welcome to the dance

Virginia Reel

Wandering Piper (No video available)

Monday 16th October 2023

Excellent start with 22 dancers! We did the following dances (press for link to videos):

Circassian circle

Canadian Barn Dance

Virginia Reel

Strip the Willow

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