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International

Email secretary@rscds-ib.org
Website www.rscds-ib.org
Members 191
Founded 2004

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The IB started in 2004, with a little group of dancers spread over many countries – since then we have steadily grown in numbers, and at present have over 250 members in total. The numbers fluctuate a bit from year to year, but seem to be rising slowly. The number of countries represented here never ceases to amaze: Apart from the UK, we are represented in 27 other countries worldwide and it is now par for the course that, whenever there’s a workshop going somewhere, you can almost be sure to meet other International Branch Members. We cannot be said not to interact socially – indeed I think we are getting a reputation in that direction.

Who are our members? They are people who are deeply interested in Scottish Country Dancing and the RSCDS, and recognise that SCD is an international pastime, which transcends borders. They dance in their own groups and some also belong to other branches, many are time-served teachers, and forever on the go. Although I haven’t the exact number, we have also managed to get newcomers to join the RSCDS. Hopefully they will stay with us for a long time to come; the interest and the enthusiasm for Scottish Country Dancing is still out there. Not all are dancers, however: we also are proud of the fact that we have an extraordinary collection of brilliant musicians with accordionists, fiddle-players and piano-players. Without musicians there would be no dancing and then what would we do?

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