Escuela de Verano 2019

Cuatro semanas de baile en St. Andrews

Escuela de Verano; cuatro semanas de baile llenas de acción en la histórica Universidad de St. Andrews. Únete a los 700 participantes procedentes de Sudáfrica, Norteamérica, Suramérica, Japón, Australasia, China, Europa continental y por supuesto, Escocia y el Reino Unido. Las clases son impartidas por los mejores profesores de baile y músicos del mundo.

¿No eres miembro de RSCDS? Aún así podrás experimentar el ambiente especial de la Escuela de Verano, ya que algunos eventos están abiertos a todos los bailarines.

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Week 1

The RSCDS Summer School brings together some of the best Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians from around the world to beautiful St. Andrews. Throughout the week dancers will be taught by different teachers, dance to a new musician, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

The staff for Week 1 are:

Teachers Musicians
Andrew Nolan George Meikle
Sue Porter Mo Rutherford
William Williamson Luke Brady
Raphaelle Orgeret Ian Robertson
Atsuko Clement Ian Muir
Gail Inglis Moira Reekie
Joan Desborough Frank Thomson

Class selector

Please read the information on classes, which help you choose the class best suited for your level of skill.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer the classes below, but reserve the right to cancel classes should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please tick one box for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. You must study the class selector in order to choose the appropriate class. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in her opinion has selected the wrong class. Only use the '2nd week' boxes if you are attending for more than one week.

Class information

Classes for all levels of Scottish Country Dancing are held during the mornings of Monday to Saturday at various venues throughout St. Andrews. All are within approximately 20 minutes’ walking distance of University Hall.

This is a course of practical dancing and everyone is expected to actively participate in both morning classes for all six days. During the afternoons additional voluntary classes are offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sunday. 

Please note that all classes are taught in English. If you have difficulty in understanding English you may prefer to choose a lower level class.

The class selector is designed to assist you in selecting the class most appropriate to your ability. It is for everyone’s benefit that dancers are allocated to the most suitable class - everyone gets better enjoyment and progress can be smoother. Please think carefully before completing the application form. If you are in any doubt apply for a lower class. The Schools Director, Depute Directors and/or class teachers reserve the right to request you relocate to a more suitable class.

Please ensure that you are physically fit to attend your chosen class, remembering that, during one week, you will be required to participate actively in two classes each morning for six days.

If you are coming for the first time, it is helpful to seek advice from your local teacher. You will find the classes more enjoyable and be more comfortable if you choose a class which is appropriate for your standard of dancing and knowledge of the dances.

There is further information on all classes in the class selector.

Be honest with yourself - choose the most appropriate class.

Classes

Below are the classes on offer during Week One of Summer School.

For dancers who have little or no experience of Scottish Country Dancing. The course will teach and consolidate steps and core formations.

For dancers who have limited footwork, technique and teamwork, and wish to improve on their technique, formations and their own ability.

For dancers who are more experienced, have a good standard of footwork and technique with good phrasing and teamwork, who wish to improve on their dancing and knowledge.

For dancers who have danced and/or taught for many years but can no longer sustain a high level of stamina. Short discussion may also be part of this course.

For dancers who are at the highest quality in dance with excellent footwork, technique, handing, posture, style and grace and can sustain a high level of energy.

For qualified teachers who wish to improve and enhance their teaching skills.

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Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2019. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Resident pricing

A resident means that you will be staying on St. Andrews University grounds in either University Hall or Agnes Blackadder, and a Member refers to RSCDS Membership. 

Category Member price Non-member price
University Hall (25+) £725 £750
Age 16 - 24 - University Hall £610 £635
Agnes Blackadder Hall £955 £980
Non-resident pricing

A non-resident means you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals and you will not be staying on the university grounds.

Category Member price Non-member price
Non-Resident (Age 25+) £340 £365
Non-resident (16 - 24 yrs) £240 £265
Morning Classes Only* £130 £130

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Meals and accommodation, as well as afternoon sessions, are not included.

Booking conditions

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is under no obligation whatsoever in respect of any personal injury which you may sustain and you agree to conform to any rules or regulations which may be made from time to time and which govern your visit to Summer School.

Applications will be accepted on the basis that this is a practical dancing course and your physical fitness should allow you to participate fully in both morning classes for all six days. Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2019. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £70. Students are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

You may attend for one week or for a maximum of any two weeks. We hope that each week will offer something special but, if you choose to attend for two weeks there may be some duplication in content and staffing.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered to be Non-Resident. 

Non-Residents have the opportunity to attend all classes and social events, having booked the accommodation of their choice. The Tourist Information Centre (01334 472021) can provide information on alternative accommodation in the town.

Summer School is open to all dancers aged 12 years or over (and 8 - 11 year olds in week 3) and there are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 26. Dancers aged between 12 and 15 are invited to attend in week 3 but may attend in any other week and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Events Manager, Moira Thomson: moira.thomson@rscds.org 

Insurance

Dancers are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

The full postal address is: RSCDS Summer School, University Hall, Kennedy Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Registration

On every Sunday during Summer School registration opens at 4pm. Room keys can be picked up from the desk in the foyer of University Hall. Dancers arriving early are welcome to leave their bags.

Dancers staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in there from 3pm onwards, then make their way to University Hall to register at the RSCDS office

When departing please ensure that your room is cleared by 10:00am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Accommodation

Dancers stay in either University Hall or Agnes Blackadder, both of which are located at St. Andrews University.

Summer School is based in University Hall, Kennedy Gardens. This is an historic building in its own attractive grounds near the University playing fields. The rooms are study bedrooms, either single or twin, many have wash-hand basins, but all other bathroom facilities are shared. 

Accommodation can also be booked in Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). This venue is approximately 15 minutes from University Hall. All bedrooms have an en-suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin. Most of the bedrooms have one double bed and can be occupied by one or two dancers. These rooms are compact when used for double occupancy and couples may prefer to have a room each. All rooms have a television. Agnes Blackadder Hall has a bar, spacious foyer and dining room, where breakfast is served.

The RSCDS office, shop, shoe shops, dress shop and most social functions are in University Hall.

Included in the booking fee is breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner on the day you arrive and breakfast on the day you depart is also included). All meals are buffet style and dietary restrictions can be observed, so please make sure to let us know in the booking form.

Agnes Blackadder residents: please note that other than breakfast all meals will be eaten at University Hall in the Dining Hall. 

All university bedrooms are serviced daily and are provided with towels, and of course, bedlinen. Coffee/tea-making facilities are available in nearby well equipped kitchens.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered Non-Resident.

Other University accommodation can be booked directly through St Andrews University and there are a number of hotels, B&B and caravans available in or near the town.

WiFi access

There is free WIFI access throughout University Hall and Agnes Blackadder Hall.

Laundry

Facilities available include washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards. Washing machines and dryers operate by card which may be purchased from the machine outside the dining room.

Join the conversation

Visit the Summer School Week One Facebook group and meet fellow dancers who will be attending!

Visit the Facebook Group

There is social dancing for all dancers attending Summer School on most evenings. This is held in University Hall and/or elsewhere. The programmes and crib sheets will be available on this web page before you arrive at St. Andrews. There is a ceilidh each Friday evening in which you may wish to participate.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Tickets for these can be obtained only from the RSCDS office, through this booking system, and you are encouraged to apply early. On these evenings there is social dancing in the Common Room at University Hall where an alternative programme of dances will be offered.

In Week 3, parents or guardians must accompany children aged 8 – 15 to the social dances. Only dancers aged 8 years and above may be on the dancefloor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available at Summer School.

The smooth running of Summer School depends on the hard work put in by members of the office staff, the teachers and the musicians, and also the time and effort generously given by dancers. If you wish to help by, for example, assisting at registration, serving in the shop or selling raffle tickets, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

It would be very much appreciated if EVERY dancer could give at least one hour to help make up the classes required for the practical teaching part of the examinations held at the end of Week 2 and Week 4. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

If you plan to travel by road please consult the AA, RAC or equivalent on the best route and road conditions. 

If you plan to travel by air, Edinburgh Airport is nearest although onward travel by train and/or bus is available from Glasgow and Prestwick.

The nearest train station is Leuchars, where buses or taxis are available for onward travel.

Stagecoach and Strathtay Buses come to St. Andrews bus station.

The following website may help with your travel plans:

www.visitstandrews.com

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School are located in both University Hall and around the town of St. Andrews. After breakfast at University Hall or Agnes Blackadder there is more than enough time to get to your class, get ready and start dancing as venues are located centrally in town.

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University Hall
Dancers enjoying their lunch in the cafeteria
Dancers in the cafeteria
The on-site RSCDS shop
The RSCDS on-site shop is open every day!
On-site dance shoe shops!
Dancers in Victory Memorial Hall (Upper)
Musicians Course in the Old Dining Hall
Musicians Course in the Old Dining Hall
A class in Younger Hall
A class in the Boys Brigade hall
The Thursday Night Ball at Younger Hall
Map of St. Andrews

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Week 2

The RSCDS Summer School brings together some of the best Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians from around the world to beautiful St. Andrews. Throughout the week dancers will be taught by different teachers, dance to a new musician, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

The staff for Week 2 are:

Teachers Musicians
Andrew Nolan George Meikle
David Queen Bill Ewan
Deb Lees Ian Robertson
Jean Martin Ewan Galloway
Pat Houghton Andrew Lyon
Evelyn Redmond Kathleen Anderson
Alice Stainer Moira Reekie
Mervyn Short  

Class selector

Please read the information on classes, which help you choose the class best suited for your level of skill.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer the classes below, but reserve the right to cancel classes should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please tick one box for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. You must study the class selector in order to choose the appropriate class. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in her opinion has selected the wrong class. Only use the '2nd week' boxes if you are attending for more than one week.

Class information

Classes for all levels of Scottish Country Dancing are held during the mornings of Monday to Saturday at various venues throughout St. Andrews. All are within approximately 20 minutes’ walking distance of University Hall.

This is a course of practical dancing and everyone is expected to actively participate in both morning classes for all six days. During the afternoons additional voluntary classes are offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sunday. 

Please note that all classes are taught in English. If you have difficulty in understanding English you may prefer to choose a lower level class.

The class selector is designed to assist you in selecting the class most appropriate to your ability. It is for everyone’s benefit that dancers are allocated to the most suitable class - everyone gets better enjoyment and progress can be smoother.  Please think carefully before completing the application form. If you are in any doubt apply for a lower class. The Schools Director, Depute Directors and/or class teachers reserve the right to request you relocate to a more suitable class

Please ensure that you are physically fit to attend your chosen class, remembering that, during one week, you will be required to participate actively in two classes each morning for six days.

If you are coming for the first time, it is helpful to seek advice from your local teacher. You will find the classes more enjoyable and be more comfortable if you choose a class which is appropriate for your standard of dancing and knowledge of the dances.

There is further information on all classes in the class selector.

Be honest with yourself - choose the most appropriate class.

Classes

Below are the classes on offer during Week Two of Summer School.

For dancers who have little or no experience of Scottish Country Dancing. The course will teach and consolidate steps and core formations.

For dancers who have limited footwork, technique and teamwork, and wish to improve on their technique, formations and their own ability.

For dancers who are more experienced, have a good standard of footwork and technique with good phrasing and teamwork, who wish to improve on their dancing and knowledge.

For dancers who have danced and/or taught for many years but can no longer sustain a high level of stamina. Short discussion may also be part of this course.

For dancers who are at the highest quality in dance with excellent footwork, technique, handing, posture, style and grace and can sustain a high level of energy.

For qualified teachers who wish to improve and enhance their teaching skills.

DAA (Intermediate) will run in Week 2.

For more information on the course please download the information sheet

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Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2019. Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2018. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Resident pricing

A resident means that you will be staying on St. Andrews University grounds, and a Member refers to RSCDS Membership. 

Category Member price Non-member price
University Hall (25+) £725 £750
Agnes Blackadder Hall £955 £980
Age 16 - 25 yrs - University Hall £610 £635
Non-resident pricing

A non-resident means you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals and you will not be staying on the university grounds.

Category Member price Non-member price
Non-resident (25+) £340 £365
Non-resident (16 - 24 yrs) £240 £265
*Morning Classes Only £130 £130

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Meals and accommodation, as well as afternoon sessions, are not included. 

Booking conditions

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is under no obligation whatsoever in respect of any personal injury which you may sustain and you agree to conform to any rules or regulations which may be made from time to time and which govern your visit to Summer School.

Applications will be accepted on the basis that this is a practical dancing course and your physical fitness should allow you to participate fully in both morning classes for all six days. Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2019. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £70. Students are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

You may attend for one week or for a maximum of any two weeks. We hope that each week will offer something special but, if you choose to attend for two weeks there may be some duplication in content and staffing.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered to be Non-Resident. 

Non-Residents have the opportunity to attend all classes and social events, having booked the accommodation of their choice. The Tourist Information Centre (01334 472021) can provide information on alternative accommodation in the town.

Summer School is open to all dancers aged 12 years or over (and 8 - 11 year olds in week 3) and there are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 26. Dancers aged between 12 and 15 are invited to attend in week 3 but may attend in any other week and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Events Manager, Moira Thomson: moira.thomson@rscds.org 

Insurance

Dancers are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

The full postal address is: RSCDS Summer School, University Hall, Kennedy Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Registration

On every Sunday during Summer School registration opens at 4pm. Room keys can be picked up from the desk in the foyer of University Hall. Dancers arriving early are welcome to leave their bags.

Dancers staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in there from 3pm onwards, then make their way to University Hall to register at the RSCDS office

When departing please ensure that your room is cleared by 10:00am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Accommodation

Dancers stay in either University Hall or Agnes Blackadder, both of which are located at St. Andrews University.

Summer School is based in University Hall, Kennedy Gardens. This is an historic building in its own attractive grounds near the University playing fields. The rooms are study bedrooms, either single or twin, many have wash-hand basins, but all other bathroom facilities are shared. 

Accommodation can also be booked in Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). This venue is approximately 15 minutes from University Hall. All bedrooms have an en-suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin. Most of the bedrooms have one double bed and can be occupied by one or two dancers. These rooms are compact when used for double occupancy and couples may prefer to have a room each. All rooms have a television. Agnes Blackadder Hall has a bar, spacious foyer and dining room, where breakfast is served.

The RSCDS office, shop, shoe shops, dress shop and most social functions are in University Hall.

Included in the booking fee is breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner on the day you arrive and breakfast on the day you depart is also included). All meals are buffet style and dietary restrictions can be observed, so please make sure to let us know in the booking form.

Agnes Blackadder residents: please note that other than breakfast all meals will be eaten at University Hall in the Dining Hall. 

All university bedrooms are serviced daily and are provided with towels, and of course, bedlinen. Coffee/tea-making facilities are available in nearby well equipped kitchens.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered Non-Resident.

Other University accommodation can be booked directly through St Andrews University and there are a number of hotels, B&B and caravans available in or near the town.

WiFi access

There is free WIFI access throughout University Hall and Agnes Blackadder Hall.

Laundry

Facilities available include washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards. Washing machines and dryers operate by card which may be purchased from the machine outside the dining room.

Join the conversation

Visit the Summer School Week One Facebook group and meet fellow dancers who will be attending!

Visit the Facebook Group

There is social dancing for all dancers attending Summer School on most evenings. This is held in University Hall and/or elsewhere. The programmes and crib sheets will be available on this web page before you arrive at St. Andrews. There is a ceilidh each Friday evening in which you may wish to participate.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Tickets for these can be obtained only from the RSCDS office, through this booking system, and you are encouraged to apply early. On these evenings there is social dancing in the Common Room at University Hall where an alternative programme of dances will be offered.

In Week 3, parents or guardians must accompany children aged 8 – 15 to the social dances. Only dancers aged 8 years and above may be on the dancefloor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available at Summer School.

The smooth running of Summer School depends on the hard work put in by members of the office staff, the teachers and the musicians, and also the time and effort generously given by dancers. If you wish to help by, for example, assisting at registration, serving in the shop or selling raffle tickets, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

It would be very much appreciated if EVERY dancer could give at least one hour to help make up the classes required for the practical teaching part of the examinations held at the end of Week 2 and Week 4. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

If you plan to travel by road please consult the AA, RAC or equivalent on the best route and road conditions. 

If you plan to travel by air, Edinburgh Airport is nearest although onward travel by train and/or bus is available from Glasgow and Prestwick.

The nearest train station is Leuchars, where buses or taxis are available for onward travel.

Stagecoach and Strathtay Buses come to St. Andrews bus station.

The following website may help with your travel plans:

www.visitstandrews.com

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School are located in both University Hall and around the town of St. Andrews. After breakfast at University Hall or Agnes Blackadder there is more than enough time to get to your class, get ready and start dancing as venues are located centrally in town.

Book tickets

Book tickets

Week 3

The RSCDS Summer School brings together some of the best Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians from around the world to beautiful St. Andrews. Throughout the week dancers will be taught by different teachers, dance to a new musician, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

Week 3 features Junior Summer School, which will be taught by Joana Stausberg and Louise MacDougall.

The staff for Week 3 are:

Teachers Musicians
Elaine Brunken Judith Muith
Helen Russell David Oswald
David Hall Shona MacFadyen
Jane Rose Marian Anderson
Mervyn Short Alan Ross
Alice Stainer Jeremy Hill
Rachel Shankland Luke Brady
Ellie Briscoe Susan MacFadyen

Class selector

Please read the information on classes, which help you choose the class best suited for your level of skill.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer the classes below, but reserve the right to cancel classes should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please tick one box for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. You must study the class selector in order to choose the appropriate class. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in her opinion has selected the wrong class. Only use the '2nd week' boxes if you are attending for more than one week.

Class information

Classes for all levels of Scottish Country Dancing are held during the mornings of Monday to Saturday at various venues throughout St. Andrews. All are within approximately 20 minutes’ walking distance of University Hall.

This is a course of practical dancing and everyone is expected to actively participate in both morning classes for all six days. During the afternoons additional voluntary classes are offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sunday. 

Please note that all classes are taught in English. If you have difficulty in understanding English you may prefer to choose a lower level class.

The class selector is designed to assist you in selecting the class most appropriate to your ability. It is for everyone’s benefit that dancers are allocated to the most suitable class - everyone gets better enjoyment and progress can be smoother.  Please think carefully before completing the application form. If you are in any doubt apply for a lower class. The Schools Director, Depute Directors and/or class teachers reserve the right to request you relocate to a more suitable class

Please ensure that you are physically fit to attend your chosen class, remembering that, during one week, you will be required to participate actively in two classes each morning for six days.

If you are coming for the first time, it is helpful to seek advice from your local teacher. You will find the classes more enjoyable and be more comfortable if you choose a class which is appropriate for your standard of dancing and knowledge of the dances.

There is further information on all classes in the class selector.

Be honest with yourself - choose the most appropriate class.

Classes

Below are the classes on offer during Week Three of Summer School.

For dancers who have little or no experience of Scottish Country Dancing. The course will teach and consolidate steps and core formations.

For dancers who have limited footwork, technique and teamwork, and wish to improve on their technique, formations and their own ability.

For dancers who are more experienced, have a good standard of footwork and technique with good phrasing and teamwork, who wish to improve on their dancing and knowledge.

For dancers who have danced and/or taught for many years but can no longer sustain a high level of stamina. Short discussion may also be part of this course.

For dancers who are at the highest quality in dance with excellent footwork, technique, handing, posture, style and grace and can sustain a high level of energy.

For qualified teachers who wish to improve and enhance their teaching skills.

For children aged 8 to 11 years to learn Scottish Country Dancing along with play, games and crafts.

For dancers aged 12 to 16 years who wish to learn and improve on their Scottish Country Dancing skills and come to meet and make new friends.

This course is aimed at encouraging musicians to understand and appreciate the unique style of Scottish country dance music - its genres, tune types and the technical skills required to ensure that the music contains the necessary drive and lift to inspire the dancers.

To read more on the course please download the course objectives:

DAA (Advanced) will run in Week 3.

For more information on the course please download the document below.

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Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2019. Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2018. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Resident pricing

A resident means that you will be staying on St. Andrews University grounds, and a Member refers to RSCDS Membership. 

Category Member price Non-member price
University Hall (25+) £725 £750
Agnes Blackadder Hall £955 £980
Age 12 - 15 yrs - University Hall £315 £315
Age 16 - 25 yrs - University Hall £610 £635
Junior Summer School (8 - 11 yrs)  £315 £315
Non-resident pricing

A non-resident means you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals and you will not be staying on the university grounds.

Category Member price Non-member price
Non-resident (25+) £340 £365
12 - 15 yrs  £140 £140
16 - 24 yrs £240 £265
Junior Summer School (8 - 11 yrs) £140 £140
*Morning Classes Only £130 £130

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Meals and accommodation, as well as afternoon sessions, are not included.  

Booking conditions

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is under no obligation whatsoever in respect of any personal injury which you may sustain and you agree to conform to any rules or regulations which may be made from time to time and which govern your visit to Summer School.

Applications will be accepted on the basis that this is a practical dancing course and your physical fitness should allow you to participate fully in both morning classes for all six days. Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2019. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £70. Students are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

You may attend for one week or for a maximum of any two weeks. We hope that each week will offer something special but, if you choose to attend for two weeks there may be some duplication in content and staffing.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered to be Non-Resident. 

Non-Residents have the opportunity to attend all classes and social events, having booked the accommodation of their choice. The Tourist Information Centre (01334 472021) can provide information on alternative accommodation in the town.

Summer School is open to all dancers aged 12 years or over (and 8 - 11 year olds in week 3) and there are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 26. Dancers aged between 12 and 15 are invited to attend in week 3 but may attend in any other week and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Events Manager, Moira Thomson: moira.thomson@rscds.org 

Insurance

Dancers are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

The full postal address is: RSCDS Summer School, University Hall, Kennedy Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Registration

On every Sunday during Summer School registration opens at 4pm. Room keys can be picked up from the desk in the foyer of University Hall. Dancers arriving early are welcome to leave their bags.

Dancers staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in there from 3pm onwards, then make their way to University Hall to register at the RSCDS office

When departing please ensure that your room is cleared by 10:00am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Accommodation

Dancers stay in either University Hall or Agnes Blackadder, both of which are located at St. Andrews University.

Summer School is based in University Hall, Kennedy Gardens. This is an historic building in its own attractive grounds near the University playing fields. The rooms are study bedrooms, either single or twin, many have wash-hand basins, but all other bathroom facilities are shared. 

Accommodation can also be booked in Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). This venue is approximately 15 minutes from University Hall. All bedrooms have an en-suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin. Most of the bedrooms have one double bed and can be occupied by one or two dancers. These rooms are compact when used for double occupancy and couples may prefer to have a room each. All rooms have a television. Agnes Blackadder Hall has a bar, spacious foyer and dining room, where breakfast is served.

The RSCDS office, shop, shoe shops, dress shop and most social functions are in University Hall.

Included in the booking fee is breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner on the day you arrive and breakfast on the day you depart is also included). All meals are buffet style and dietary restrictions can be observed, so please make sure to let us know in the booking form.

Agnes Blackadder residents: please note that other than breakfast all meals will be eaten at University Hall in the Dining Hall. 

All university bedrooms are serviced daily and are provided with towels, and of course, bedlinen. Coffee/tea-making facilities are available in nearby well equipped kitchens.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered Non-Resident.

Other University accommodation can be booked directly through St Andrews University and there are a number of hotels, B&B and caravans available in or near the town.

WiFi access

There is free WIFI access throughout University Hall and Agnes Blackadder Hall.

Laundry

Facilities available include washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards. Washing machines and dryers operate by card which may be purchased from the machine outside the dining room.

Join the conversation

Visit the Summer School Week One Facebook group and meet fellow dancers who will be attending!

Visit the Facebook Group

There is social dancing for all dancers attending Summer School on most evenings. This is held in University Hall and/or elsewhere. The programmes and crib sheets will be available on this web page before you arrive at St. Andrews. There is a ceilidh each Friday evening in which you may wish to participate.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Tickets for these can be obtained only from the RSCDS office, through this booking system, and you are encouraged to apply early. On these evenings there is social dancing in the Common Room at University Hall where an alternative programme of dances will be offered.

In Week 3, parents or guardians must accompany children aged 8 – 15 to the social dances. Only dancers aged 8 years and above may be on the dancefloor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available at Summer School.

The smooth running of Summer School depends on the hard work put in by members of the office staff, the teachers and the musicians, and also the time and effort generously given by dancers. If you wish to help by, for example, assisting at registration, serving in the shop or selling raffle tickets, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

It would be very much appreciated if EVERY dancer could give at least one hour to help make up the classes required for the practical teaching part of the examinations held at the end of Week 2 and Week 4. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

If you plan to travel by road please consult the AA, RAC or equivalent on the best route and road conditions. 

If you plan to travel by air, Edinburgh Airport is nearest although onward travel by train and/or bus is available from Glasgow and Prestwick.

The nearest train station is Leuchars, where buses or taxis are available for onward travel.

Stagecoach and Strathtay Buses come to St. Andrews bus station.

The following website may help with your travel plans:

www.visitstandrews.com

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School are located in both University Hall and around the town of St. Andrews. After breakfast at University Hall or Agnes Blackadder there is more than enough time to get to your class, get ready and start dancing as venues are located centrally in town.

Book tickets

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Week 4

The RSCDS Summer School brings together some of the best Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians from around the world to beautiful St. Andrews. Throughout the week dancers will be taught by different teachers, dance to a new musician, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

The staff for Week 4 are:

Teachers Musicians
Elaine Brunken Judith Muir
Sue Porter Don Bartlett
Rachel Shankland Roger McAndrew
Diana Hastie Jim Lindsay
Ellie Briscoe Keith Smith
Kate Gentles Adam Brady
Atsuko Clement Bill Ewan
William Williamson Luke Brady
Angela Young  

Class selector

Please read the information on classes, which help you choose the class best suited for your level of skill.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer the classes below, but reserve the right to cancel classes should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please tick one box for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. You must study the class selector in order to choose the appropriate class. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in her opinion has selected the wrong class. Only use the '2nd week' boxes if you are attending for more than one week.

Class information

Classes for all levels of Scottish Country Dancing are held during the mornings of Monday to Saturday at various venues throughout St. Andrews. All are within approximately 20 minutes’ walking distance of University Hall.

This is a course of practical dancing and everyone is expected to actively participate in both morning classes for all six days. During the afternoons additional voluntary classes are offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sunday. 

Please note that all classes are taught in English. If you have difficulty in understanding English you may prefer to choose a lower level class.

The class selector is designed to assist you in selecting the class most appropriate to your ability. It is for everyone’s benefit that dancers are allocated to the most suitable class - everyone gets better enjoyment and progress can be smoother.  Please think carefully before completing the application form. If you are in any doubt apply for a lower class. The Schools Director, Depute Directors and/or class teachers reserve the right to request you relocate to a more suitable class

Please ensure that you are physically fit to attend your chosen class, remembering that, during one week, you will be required to participate actively in two classes each morning for six days.

If you are coming for the first time, it is helpful to seek advice from your local teacher. You will find the classes more enjoyable and be more comfortable if you choose a class which is appropriate for your standard of dancing and knowledge of the dances.

There is further information on all classes in the class selector.

Be honest with yourself - choose the most appropriate class.

Classes

Below are the classes on offer during Week Four of Summer School.

For dancers who have little or no experience of Scottish Country Dancing. The course will teach and consolidate steps and core formations.

For dancers who have limited footwork, technique and teamwork, and wish to improve on their technique, formations and their own ability.

For dancers who are more experienced, have a good standard of footwork and technique with good phrasing and teamwork, who wish to improve on their dancing and knowledge.

For dancers who have danced and/or taught for many years but can no longer sustain a high level of stamina. Short discussion may also be part of this course.

For dancers who are at the highest quality in dance with excellent footwork, technique, handing, posture, style and grace and can sustain a high level of energy.

For qualified teachers who wish to improve and enhance their teaching skills.

DAA (Very Advanced) will run in Week 4.

Those applying for this course should come prepared, knowing the prescribed dances. For information please download the document below.

This course is aimed at those musicians who wish to develop or enhance their playing as a class musician and who want to explore and learn how to deliver music for class which has the necessary sustainability and lift to inspire dancers.

To learn more about the course please download the course objectives:

Content to go here.

Technique will be kept to a minimum, and the class will concentrate on formations, phrasing, team awareness and social etiquette.

Dances will be chosen from the full range of RSCDS materials and from the Social Dance Programmes.

Dances from RSCDS Branch books will be kept to a minimum.

Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2019. Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2018. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Resident pricing

A resident means that you will be staying on St. Andrews University grounds, and a Member refers to RSCDS Membership. 

Category Member price Non-member price
University Hall (25+) £725 £750
Agnes Blackadder Hall £955 £980
Age 16-25 yrs - University Hall £610 £635
Non-resident pricing

A non-resident means you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals and you will not be staying on the university grounds.

Category Member price Non-member price
Non-resident (25+) £340 £365
Non-resident (16 - 24 yrs) £240 £265
*Morning Classes Only £130 £130

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Meals and accommodation, as well as afternoon sessions, are not included.  

Booking conditions

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is under no obligation whatsoever in respect of any personal injury which you may sustain and you agree to conform to any rules or regulations which may be made from time to time and which govern your visit to Summer School.

Applications will be accepted on the basis that this is a practical dancing course and your physical fitness should allow you to participate fully in both morning classes for all six days. Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2019. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £70. Students are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

You may attend for one week or for a maximum of any two weeks. We hope that each week will offer something special but, if you choose to attend for two weeks there may be some duplication in content and staffing.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered to be Non-Resident. 

Non-Residents have the opportunity to attend all classes and social events, having booked the accommodation of their choice. The Tourist Information Centre (01334 472021) can provide information on alternative accommodation in the town.

Summer School is open to all dancers aged 12 years or over (and 8 - 11 year olds in week 3) and there are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 26. Dancers aged between 12 and 15 are invited to attend in week 3 but may attend in any other week and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Events Manager, Moira Thomson: moira.thomson@rscds.org 

Insurance

Dancers are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

The full postal address is: RSCDS Summer School, University Hall, Kennedy Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Registration

On every Sunday during Summer School registration opens at 4pm. Room keys can be picked up from the desk in the foyer of University Hall. Dancers arriving early are welcome to leave their bags.

Dancers staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in there from 3pm onwards, then make their way to University Hall to register at the RSCDS office

When departing please ensure that your room is cleared by 10:00am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Accommodation

Dancers stay in either University Hall or Agnes Blackadder, both of which are located at St. Andrews University.

Summer School is based in University Hall, Kennedy Gardens. This is an historic building in its own attractive grounds near the University playing fields. The rooms are study bedrooms, either single or twin, many have wash-hand basins, but all other bathroom facilities are shared. 

Accommodation can also be booked in Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). This venue is approximately 15 minutes from University Hall. All bedrooms have an en-suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin. Most of the bedrooms have one double bed and can be occupied by one or two dancers. These rooms are compact when used for double occupancy and couples may prefer to have a room each. All rooms have a television. Agnes Blackadder Hall has a bar, spacious foyer and dining room, where breakfast is served.

The RSCDS office, shop, shoe shops, dress shop and most social functions are in University Hall.

Included in the booking fee is breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner on the day you arrive and breakfast on the day you depart is also included). All meals are buffet style and dietary restrictions can be observed, so please make sure to let us know in the booking form.

Agnes Blackadder residents: please note that other than breakfast all meals will be eaten at University Hall in the Dining Hall. 

All university bedrooms are serviced daily and are provided with towels, and of course, bedlinen. Coffee/tea-making facilities are available in nearby well equipped kitchens.

Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered Non-Resident.

Other University accommodation can be booked directly through St Andrews University and there are a number of hotels, B&B and caravans available in or near the town.

WiFi access

There is free WIFI access throughout University Hall and Agnes Blackadder Hall.

Laundry

Facilities available include washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards. Washing machines and dryers operate by card which may be purchased from the machine outside the dining room.

Join the conversation

Visit the Summer School Week One Facebook group and meet fellow dancers who will be attending!

Visit the Facebook Group

There is social dancing for all dancers attending Summer School on most evenings. This is held in University Hall and/or elsewhere. The programmes and crib sheets will be available on this web page before you arrive at St. Andrews. There is a ceilidh each Friday evening in which you may wish to participate.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Tickets for these can be obtained only from the RSCDS office, through this booking system, and you are encouraged to apply early. On these evenings there is social dancing in the Common Room at University Hall where an alternative programme of dances will be offered.

In Week 3, parents or guardians must accompany children aged 8 – 15 to the social dances. Only dancers aged 8 years and above may be on the dancefloor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available at Summer School.

The smooth running of Summer School depends on the hard work put in by members of the office staff, the teachers and the musicians, and also the time and effort generously given by dancers. If you wish to help by, for example, assisting at registration, serving in the shop or selling raffle tickets, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

It would be very much appreciated if EVERY dancer could give at least one hour to help make up the classes required for the practical teaching part of the examinations held at the end of Week 2 and Week 4. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

If you plan to travel by road please consult the AA, RAC or equivalent on the best route and road conditions. 

If you plan to travel by air, Edinburgh Airport is nearest although onward travel by train and/or bus is available from Glasgow and Prestwick.

The nearest train station is Leuchars, where buses or taxis are available for onward travel.

Stagecoach and Strathtay Buses come to St. Andrews bus station.

The following website may help with your travel plans:

www.visitstandrews.com

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School are located in both University Hall and around the town of St. Andrews. After breakfast at University Hall or Agnes Blackadder there is more than enough time to get to your class, get ready and start dancing as venues are located centrally in town.

Book tickets

Upcoming Events

Spring Fling 2019

El Festival de Bailes Escoceses para edades entre 12 y 35 años. Este año nos llevamos el Spring Fling de viaje a París, con clases y ceilidhs para todos los niveles.
Event details

AGM y Fin de Semana de la Conferencia 2019

Nuestra Reunión General Anual y Conferencia se desarrolla en tres días, con debates, sesiones informativas, clases, bailes, una conferencia de profesores y, por supuesto, un Baile de Gala la noche de sábado.
Event details

Escuela de Invierno

Este evento de una semana de duración, con clases, bailes sociales, y un baile formal en el Castillo de Blair, reúne a bailarines de SCD procedentes de todo el munto en el precioso Perthshire.
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