Copy of 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.

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
TBD TBD

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.

This class will continue to develop steps and formations. It will focus on all aspects of technique: footwork, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork.

Some dances from the evening programmes will be taught.

This class will continue to develop steps and work on more advanced formations, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork. More challenging dances will be taught. Book 52 dances may be taught.

This class is for those who dance at a high standard of technique and expertise but prefer a class that is less intense. It is for dancers who might not be able to sustain the high level of stamina required for the High Impact class. Most formations should be known and danced with precision, good handing and phrasing.   

Book 52 dances will be taught.

For this class you should be able to sustain a high standard of dancing throughout the whole week. Rhythm, foot positions and extension in steps should be of demonstration standard and you should be able to pick up the geography of dances quickly. Book 52 dances will be taught.

This class will be of benefit to anyone who is teaching a class, whether certificated or not. It will give advice and practical skills for teaching at all levels of classes. Book 52 dances will be taught and the class will work on the relevant teaching points.

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Summer School fees

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.

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
Resident - University Hall £700 £730
Resident (Age 16-25) - University Hall £600 £630
Resident - Agnes Blackadder Hall £920 £950
Non-resident pricing
Category Member price Non-member price
Non-Resident (Age 25+) £320 £325
Non-Resident (Age 16-25) £230 £230
Morning Classes Only £125 £125
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 lease 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.

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 Town 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.

Click to scroll through the image gallery: 

Musicians Course in the Old Dining Hall
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
A class in Younger Hall
A class in the Boys Brigade hall

You can view a summary of the above information in the below document:

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
TBD TBD

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.

This class will continue to develop steps and formations. It will focus on all aspects of technique: footwork, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork.

Some dances from the evening programmes will be taught.

This class will continue to develop steps and work on more advanced formations, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork. More challenging dances will be taught. Book 52 dances may be taught.

This class is for those who dance at a high standard of technique and expertise but prefer a class that is less intense. It is for dancers who might not be able to sustain the high level of stamina required for the High Impact class. Most formations should be known and danced with precision, good handing and phrasing.   

Book 52 dances will be taught.

For this class you should be able to sustain a high standard of dancing throughout the whole week. Rhythm, foot positions and extension in steps should be of demonstration standard and you should be able to pick up the geography of dances quickly. Book 52 dances will be taught.

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

For dancers aged 12 to 15 years who wish to learn and improve on their Scottish Country Dancing skills and come to meet and make new friends.

This class will be of benefit to anyone who is teaching a class, whether certificated or not. It will give advice and practical skills for teaching at all levels of classes. Book 52 dances will be taught and the class will work on the relevant teaching points.

Ceilidh class and simple and easy Scottish Country Dancing - for those who want to give it a try. Come and enjoy some Ceilidh dancing with a little SCD along the way.

Guided by experienced teachers, the course will be led by Ian Muir (accordion) and Gillian Stevenson (fiddle) and also includes input from other Summer School musicians. All have considerable experience and have played and taught worldwide. The focus will be on the accordion, fiddle, keyboard and piano, but other instruments are welcome at the discretion of the Musical Director (Ian Muir). The course culminates with playing for the dance in the Younger Hall – an experience not to be missed.

For more details on The Musicians' Course please click here to download an information pack. You can also download the information guide as a PDF here.

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Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2018. 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.

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
Resident - University Hall £700 £730
Resident - Agnes Blackadder Hall £920 £950
16-25 yrs Resident - University Hall £600 £630
Non-resident pricing
Category Member price Non-member price
Non-resident £320 £325
16 - 25 yrs, Non Resident, Non-Member £230 £230
Morning Classes Only £125 £125
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 lease 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.

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 Town 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.

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 Anne McArthur, Marilyn Watson and Joana Stausberg.

The staff for Week 3 are:

Teachers Musicians
TBD TBD

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.

This class will continue to develop steps and formations. It will focus on all aspects of technique: footwork, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork.

Some dances from the evening programmes will be taught.

This class will continue to develop steps and work on more advanced formations, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork. More challenging dances will be taught. Book 52 dances may be taught.

This class is for those who dance at a high standard of technique and expertise but prefer a class that is less intense. It is for dancers who might not be able to sustain the high level of stamina required for the High Impact class. Most formations should be known and danced with precision, good handing and phrasing.   

Book 52 dances will be taught.

For this class you should be able to sustain a high standard of dancing throughout the whole week. Rhythm, foot positions and extension in steps should be of demonstration standard and you should be able to pick up the geography of dances quickly. Book 52 dances will be taught.

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 2018. 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.

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
Resident - University Hall £700 £730
Resident - Agnes Blackadder Hall £920 £950
12-15 yrs Resident (Week 3 only) £350 £350
16-25 yrs Resident - University Hall £600 £630
Junior Summer School (8 - 11 yrs) (Resident) £300 £300
Non-resident pricing
Category Member price Non-member price
Non-resident £320 £325
12 - 15 yrs, Week 3 only, Non-Resident £135 £135
16 - 25 yrs, Non Resident, Non-Member £230 £230
Junior Summer School (8 - 11 yrs, Non-Resident) £135 £135
Morning Classes Only £125 £125
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 lease 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.

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 Town 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.

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
TBD TBD

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.

This class will continue to develop steps and formations. It will focus on all aspects of technique: footwork, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork.

Some dances from the evening programmes will be taught.

This class will continue to develop steps and work on more advanced formations, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork. More challenging dances will be taught. Book 52 dances may be taught.

This class is for those who dance at a high standard of technique and expertise but prefer a class that is less intense. It is for dancers who might not be able to sustain the high level of stamina required for the High Impact class. Most formations should be known and danced with precision, good handing and phrasing.   

Book 52 dances will be taught.

For this class you should be able to sustain a high standard of dancing throughout the whole week. Rhythm, foot positions and extension in steps should be of demonstration standard and you should be able to pick up the geography of dances quickly. Book 52 dances will be taught.

This class will be of benefit to anyone who is teaching a class, whether certificated or not. It will give advice and practical skills for teaching at all levels of classes. Book 52 dances will be taught and the class will work on the relevant teaching points.

Dancing Achievement Award: Very Advanced: Week 2; Intermediate: Week 3; Advanced: Week 4

Those applying for this course should come prepared, knowing the prescribed dances.

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:

For dancers who wish to just dance and maybe learn a new dance or two

Unit 3 exams taking place at the end of week 4.

Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2018. 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.

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
Resident - University Hall £700 £730
Resident - Agnes Blackadder Hall £920 £950
16-25 yrs Resident - University Hall £600 £630
Non-resident pricing
Category Member price Non-member price
Non-resident £320 £325
16 - 25 yrs, Non Resident, Non-Member £230 £230
Morning Classes Only £125 £125
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 lease 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.

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 Town 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.

Upcoming Events

Winter School 2021

CANCELLED - This week long event of classes, social dances and a formal ball at Blair Castle brings Scottish Country dancers from all over the world together to beautiful Perthshire.
Event details

Spring Fling 2021

The Scottish Country Dance festival for 12 - 35 year olds! In 2021 Spring Fling will be heading to the home of the Bon Accord, Aberdeen.
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