Why take up Scottish Country Dancing?

The health benefits of this sociable form of exercise are well established and are discussed in full on the RSCDS website but in summary it is energetic and attending classes regularly will increase your fitness levels as well as your balance. Learning the dances will improve your memory and dancing as part of a group is just good for the soul. Dancing to upbeat music will also lift your mood.

Scottish dancing is good for mind, body and soul!

Is it the same as Ceilidh Dancing?

Ceilidh dancing is the simplest form of Scottish Country Dancing that anyone can do with the guidance of a caller. Our form of Scottish Country Dancing involves learning a bit of technique but like Ceilidhs it is great fun. We learn how to perform the basic steps, we also learn the common formations that make up the dances. Classes are an opportunity to improve our technique and knowledge of formations and dances.

Do I need special dancing shoes?

All you need to start dancing is a pair of soft shoes. If you enjoy classes you may want to buy a pair of dancing shoes and our teacher can provide information on what type of shoes to buy. Some people wear ballet shoes others have bought Scottish Country Dance shoes and there is a wide variety of different styles available. We have links to some dance shoe suppliers on our Links page.

Do I have to be physically fit?

Scottish Country Dancing is energetic and like any form of dancing it is a great way of increasing your activity level and fitness without visiting a gym. You do need a certain level of mobility but we are very inclusive and the classes have something for all ability levels.

Do I need a partner?

No, we change partners for each dance, so you will meet and dance with several different individuals throughout the evening. Couples are welcome but you are encouraged to dance with others.

Do you have a minimum age?

We currently do not have a children’s class. The minimum age for our classes is 16yrs although we would ask under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.

Do you dance all year?

Our classes usually follow local school term dates.

How do I pay for classes?

Your first class is free, after that we ask you to pay for classes as you attend them. The cost of classes is set yearly to cover the cost of the hall. Our qualified teachers teach on a voluntary basis.

Do I have to be a member of the RSCDS to attend classes?

We ask people to join the Society after attending classes for one term, half year membership is available to new members in January. We always welcome guests who are a member of other branches and affiliated groups.