Summer School 2017!



Come and join us in beautiful St. Andrews for another fun-packed month of Scottish music and dancing in Summer 2017! The RSCDS Summer School has been an annual event (and our largest) for more than 80 years (excluding the years during WWII). Last year we welcomed more than 500 dancers from across the globe and across all ages. 


Each Week of Summer School gives dancers the opportunity to take part in classes, social dancing, a Ceilidh or two with the input of experienced teachers and great musicians, and of course to dance at our famous Younger Hall. Dancers stay in St. Andrews University and accomodation, food and social dances are all included in the price (with residential and non-residential options).


Last year we introduced 'Junior Summer School' (JSS) for those between 8-11 years old, which we are proud to say was a great success! Building on last year we are pleased to once again offer the programme in Week Three of Summer School 2017 for those looking to bring the wee ones along to learn how to Dance Scottish. Class times coincide with the adult classes - JSS starts a bit earlier and finishes a bit later so you can drop them off and still attend your own classes at Summer School.


In addition, our Music Course is increasingly popular with musicians of all ages taking part to learn the finer points of playing for Scottish Country Dancing. Teaching comes from some amazing band leaders who have played and taught worldwide.


The RSCDS Summer School offers something for everyone; whether you are a dancer or a musician, young or slighly older, we welcome you to St. Andrews to take part in our historic Summer School where fun, fitness and friendship can be felt in every step.


Happy dancing!


The Dates for Summer School 2017 are:

Week 1:  16 - 23 July
Week 2:  23 - 30 July
Week 3:  30 July - 6 August
Week 4:  6 - 13 August
      

Click here to find out who is teaching/playing in each Week.


We will be offering an Introductory course in Week 2 only, and a Social Dancing Skills Course in Week 4 only.


Click here for the Class Selector.

Dancing Achievement Award

The “Dancing Achievement Award” is an opportunity for dancers to work with a course tutor and concentrate on personal dancing critique. It is also a chance for those who are thinking of taking the RSCDS Teaching Qualifications to have their dancing assessed in preparation for Unit 2.


We will offer the Dancing Achievement Award in the following weeks:


Introductory: Week 2 (23 - 30 July)

Advanced: Week 3 (30 July - 6 August)

Very Advanced: Week 4 (6 - 13 August)


Please note: The deadline for applications is 31st March, 2017



Music Course (16 - 23 July; 30 July - 6 August)

The Music Course is something very special, and it is wonderful to walk the halls of St. Andrews University listening to amazing music being played live. Welcoming fiddle players, pianists, accordionists, cellists, and all those who play traditional music (we had a flautist and a bass guitarist last year!) the Music Course will challenge you to become a better player for Scottish Country Dancing, but also open up a new world of collaboration and friendship.



Due to popular demand, this year we are expanding the Music Course and will be offering a programme in both Week 1 and Week 3. The course in Week 3 will be as in previous years focusing on playing for events, whereas the course in Week 1 will be for those wishing to become class musicians. Please click here for more information.



Junior Summer School (30 July - 6 August)

Building on the success from 2016 we are pleased to be bringing back Junior Summer School in 2017! Though we have designated it 'Junior Summer School', the whole week really feels like a family week, as the wee ones are brought along with their parents to learn the finer points of dancing, and in some cases, just how to dance in general! 


Junior Summer School, for 8 - 11 year olds, which proved so popular last year, will run in Week 3 of Summer School. You can book using the main booking system, but please note that the parent/guardian of each young dancer must also fill in a separate Junior Summer School form (click here to access) and email it to our Events Manager Moira Thomson: moira.thomson@rscds.org.


Mums and Dads are welcome to drop the kids off with our two wonderful instructors, Dr. Anne McArthur (Convenor of Youth Services for the RSCDS) and Marilyn Watson (member of the Youth Services Committee) each day and then head to their own class. Each day the kids are expected to learn some new dances, technique, and to mix it up they will enjoy some arts & crafts and the ever popular snack time.


Oh, did we mention they also learn a super secret dance that they will perform at the end of the week for all the attendees?



Junior Summer School is a great way to bring along the whole family to this wonderful event, so we encourage you to get out the dance shoes and give the kids a brand new experience unlike anything they have ever had.



Summer School Pricing

The fees for Summer School 2017 can be found below. 


If you have any questions regarding pricing or accomodation please get in touch with Moira Thomson: moira.thomson@rscds.org 


Category             Full Fee (£)
Resident member, University Hall

660 

Resident non-member, University Hall

685

Resident member, Agnes Blackadder Hall

880

Resident non-member, Agnes Blackadder Hall

900

Non-resident member

305

Non-resident non member

330

12 - 15 yrs, Week 3, resident

285

12 - 15 yrs, Week 3, non-resident

125

16 - 25 yrs, resident member, University Hall

555

16 - 25 yrs, resident non-member University Hall

580

16 - 25 yrs, Non resident member

215

16 - 25 yrs, Non resident, non-member

240

Junior Summer School (resident)

285

Junior Summer School (non-resident)

125


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