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New to Scottish Dancing?

Scottish dancing is perhaps the most popular form of folk dancing in the world. Clubs are found from Japan to Vancouver, from Moscow to Sydney. The official governing body is the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Besides it's branches all over the world there are lots of affiliated and independent Scottish Dance groups. We are an affiliated group. For a list of clubs both small and large in continental Europe see Celtic Circle.

What is it about Scottish Dancing that is so attractive?

Its colourful, lively and the music is irresistible. Even if you have two left feet a good teacher can arrange for you to join in and dance with experienced dancers from day one. Ceilidh dancing is like this. At the other end of the spectrum is Highland dancing which is very technical and physically demanding, and often danced solo. Scottish Country Dancing is somewhere in between. Two of our members took part in this demonstration, but don't let that put you off! Most of us are hoofers with two left feet... even when we have been dancing for years. We make mistakes all the time, but... oh... we do laugh a lot as we aspire to better things! As mastery of footwork and the intricate figures develops though, more challenging dances can be attempted. Reels, jigs and the supremely elegant slow Strathspeys (all three demonstrated in that video) are the main types of dances, but there are literally thousands of dances within these three types. To see more dancing, check out the weekly blog we had going up until a few years ago or follow us on...

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Normally you dance with a partner in sets of three, four or sometimes more couples. While it is good if there are equal numbers of men and ladies in each set, we are adept at changing sex when required, so coming with a partner is not necessary.


You don't have to be Scottish to be a Scottish Country Dancer!