The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) is a registered Scottish Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee (Charity No. SC 016085; Company No. SC480530), dedicated to promoting Scottish Country Dance. It has a world-wide network of Branches and Affiliated Groups, with a small administrative team at its central office in Edinburgh. The Branches (also known as Local Associations) are independent, autonomous bodies that operate under a Licence Agreement with the Society. Branches and Affiliated Groups are the “grass roots” organisations that run classes, provide training and host social events at a local level in their own areas. Members of the RSCDS, through the Branches, appoint delegates to represent them at the Society’s General Meetings.
The Society exists to promote and develop Scottish country dancing worldwide for the benefit of present and future generations.
The policy and governance of the Society is directed by the Management Board, whose members are all Trustees of the charity. The Board is supported by three Management Committees – Education & Training, Membership Services and Youth Services – and a range of Panels and Working Groups.
Our Patron - H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
In 1947, HRH Princess Elizabeth became the Patron of the Scottish Country Dance Society and graciously remained the Patron of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (the title "Royal" having been bestowed by King George VI in 1951) on her succession to the throne.
As an organisation with Royal patronage, the RSCDS was engaged with the Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations that happened on Sunday June 12th. The Patron's Lunch, which was attended by 10 RSCDS members, was the highlight of a fantastic weekend celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth.
(here is the Queen with Sir Iain Moncrieffe, Vice-President of the RSCDS in the 1980's, at the Golden Jubilee Ball in 1973)
To see an visual structure of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, please click above.