Scottish country dancing is great for mental and physical wellbeing!

image of dancers at Summer School 2019

Did you know that Scottish country dancing is great for mental as well as physical health? Here at the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, we have Branches and Affiliated Groups that offer various classes and events all over the world. We are lucky to have hardworking teachers and talented musicians that allow Scottish country dancing to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.

Our dance classes offer a fun way to keep fit and meet new people. We have events and classes throughout the year, there is always something exciting happening and it is a great way to socialise and make new friends.

Recent studies and news have shown that dance can help prevent dementia, it improves cognitive skills and can reduce depression and isolation. It also helps to keep the heart healthy and improves coordination. Read more about research and news from New Zealand that highlights Scottish country dancing classes as fun, safe and sociable environments that improve quality of life.

Scottish country dancing can be enjoyed by everyone. You do not need a partner, our dances are very sociable and dancers often dance with different partners. Watch a short video below to find out why some dancers enjoy Dance Scottish:



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There are 159 RSCDS Branches and over 300 Affiliated Groups in more than 50 countries around the world, located on all continents (except Antarctica).

They organise and run classes, dances and other social events in their own areas and are committed to helping develop Scottish Dance and Music for future generations.

We encourage you to try Scottish Country Dancing for yourself to see just how much fun it can be, so please come along and learn how to 'Dance Scottish'. 

Wherever you are in the world there is most likely Scottish Country Dancing.

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