Summer School 2023

Four weeks of dancing in St Andrews

Summer School, an action-packed four weeks of dancing in the historic town of St Andrews. Come and join with dancers from around the world and be led by some of the best of Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians. Not an RSCDS member? No problem, Summer School is open to everyone!

The Musicians' Ensemble course will take place in week 1

Youth Week, including Summer Camp and 12 - 15 year olds class will take place in week 3

The Class Musicians course will take place in week 4

Unit 5 will take place in weeks 1 and 2

Units 2 and 3 will take place in weeks 3 and 4 

Book tickets

Remember to check the individual tabs above for Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then scroll down to see what's happening each week. (For example, Week 3 includes Junior Summer School.)

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, enjoy live music, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

 

Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2023. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, dinner on the first Sunday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday, breakfast on the final Sunday, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Non-Resident pricing

As a Non-Resident you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals. (Member refers to RSCDS Membership.) 

Category Early Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Member price (From 1st February 2023) Early Non-Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Non-Member price (From 1st February 2023)
Resident in University Hall £715  £825 £825 £925
Resident in University Hall (Age 16 - 24) £600 £725 £725 £850
Resident in University Hall (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £375
Resident in University Hall (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £375
Resident in Agnes Blackadder Hall £980 £1,130 £1,130 £1,250
Non-Resident (Age 25+) £350 £450 £450 £550
Non-Resident (Age 16 - 24) £300 £380 £380 £480
Non Resident (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Non-resident (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Morning Classes Only* £100 £150 £175 £250

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Afternoon sessions, are not included.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer all of the classes listed below, but reserve the right to cancel any should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please select one option for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in their 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 may be offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sundays. 

We will be running Step classes for the second period each day, for those who are interested. These classes are only suitable for those in the Advanced and Very Advanced, High Impact classes

 

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 those who have passed the RSCDS Teaching Certificate

Unit 5 of the RSCDS Teaching Certificate, taught over weeks 1 and 2.

 

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.

Advanced class will take place in the first period, Step class in the second

Very Advanced, High Impact class will take place in the first period, Step class in the second

 

STAFFING FOR WEEK 1 TO BE ANNOUNCED

Important Summer School information - please read before booking

 

The Summer School 2023 Booklet will appear here shortly

 

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.

Bookings 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.

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.

Attendees 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.

Young dancers aged 8 - 15 years can only attend in Week 3 and they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

There are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 25. 

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

Refunds

Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2023. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £80 per person. Attendees are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

Cancellation Policy

If, due to circumstances outside our control, we are required to cancel the Summer School event then we will inform all attendees and a full refund will be provided. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society shall assume no liability for any losses resulting from individual pre-booked travel. Please check your personal travel insurance policy.

Insurance

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

Covid Precautions

Please do NOT attend if you have received a positive Covid test result or have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate in the week prior to Summer School.

All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away so please use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others

Whilst vaccination is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory for this event. Hand sanitisers will be made available at all dancing venues.

Photography & filming

Please note that filming/photography will take place during Summer School for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings may appear on our website, social media platforms or other publications.  If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed then please inform the Marketing Officer, Lyndsay Walker (lyndsay.walker@rscds.org) or photographer on the day.

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

Attendees staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in at this building 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 10am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in the Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return your key to the University Manager’s office.

Attendees can opt to 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) for adults only. 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, pop up shops and most social functions are based 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.

Attendees 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 a downloadable app, Washstation. Details are displayed in the laundry rooms.

There are a number of scholarships available to attend Summer School 2023, please click here to apply

Summer School Scholarships applications close 31 January, decision on awards made and communicated by 15 March 2023.

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 also a ceilidh each Friday evening which you may wish to join.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Dancer tickets (£12) and Spectator tickets (£6) for these public dances can be obtained through the online booking system, and you are encouraged to book early. On these evenings there is also 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 dance floor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available from the RSCDS Office in University Hall.

The smooth running of Summer School is successfully achieved through the collaborative efforts of RSCDS Office staff members, the Summer School teachers and musicians, as well as through the volunteer support generously given by attendees. If you wish to help, for example, by assisting at registration or in the pop up shop or by selling raffle tickets, then please select the appropriate box on the online booking form.

It would be very much appreciated if ALL dancers attending Summer School 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 3. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School classes 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 as the venues are located centrally in town - a maximum walk of approximately 20 minutes.

University Hall: Kennedy Gardens, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Agnes Blackadder Hall: North Haugh, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9XW

Travel Information

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

 

 

It is very easy to become a member of the RSCDS, just follow these four simple steps:

  1. Use the Branch & Group Finder to find a Branch closest to your location
  2. Visit their website for membership information and email the Branch secretary to tell them you would like to join
  3. Fill out a membership form (or download from their website) and send it in with the subscription fee
  4. Enjoy the benefits of RSCDS membership!

If you don't have a branch near you, why not join HQ, the International Branch or the Youth Branch

Book tickets

Book tickets

Remember to check the individual tabs above for Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then scroll down to see what's happening each week. (For example, Week 2 includes Junior Summer School.)

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, enjoy live music, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2023. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, dinner on the first Sunday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday, breakfast on the final Sunday, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Non-Resident pricing

As a Non-Resident you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals. (Member refers to RSCDS Membership.) 

Category Early Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Member price (From 1st February 2023) Early Non-Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Non-Member price (From 1st February 2023)
Resident in University Hall £715 £825 £825 £925
Resident in University Hall (Age 16 - 24) £600 £725 £725 £850
Resident in University Hall (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £450
Resident in University Hall (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £450
Resident in Agnes Blackadder Hall £980 £1,130 £1,130 £1,250
Non-Resident (Age 25+) £350 £450 £450 £550
Non-Resident (Age 16 - 24) £300 £380 £380 £480
Non Resident (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Non-resident (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Morning Classes Only* £100 £150 £175 £250

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Afternoon sessions, are not included.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer all of the classes listed below, but reserve the right to cancel any should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please select one option for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in their 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 may be offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sundays. 

 

 

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 those who have passed the RSCDS Teaching Certificate

This course will take place over weeks 1 and 2.

Advanced class will take place in first period, Step class in second

Very Advanced, High Impact class will take place in first period, Step in second

 

STAFFING FOR WEEK 2 TO BE ANNOUNCED

 
Important Summer School information - please read before booking

 

The Summer school 2023 Information booklet will appear here shortly

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.

Bookings 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.

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.

Attendees 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.

Young dancers aged 8 - 15 years can only attend in Week 3 and they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

There are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 25. 

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

Refunds

Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2023. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £80 per person. Attendees are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

Cancellation Policy

If, due to circumstances outside our control, we are required to cancel the Summer School event then we will inform all attendees and a full refund will be provided. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society shall assume no liability for any losses resulting from individual pre-booked travel. Please check your personal travel insurance policy.

Insurance

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

Covid Precautions

Please do NOT attend if you have received a positive Covid test result or have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate in the week prior to Summer School. 

All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away so please use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others

Whilst vaccination is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory for this event. Hand sanitisers will be made available at all dancing venues.

Photography & filming

Please note that filming/photography will take place during Summer School for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings may appear on our website, social media platforms or other publications.  If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed then please inform the Marketing Officer, Lyndsay Walker (lyndsay.walker@rscds.org) or photographer on the day.

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

Attendees staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in at this building 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 10am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in the Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Attendees can opt to 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) by adults only. 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, pop up shops and most social functions are based 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.

Attendees 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 downloadable app, Washstation, details are available in the laundry rooms.

Scholarships are available for Summer School 2023, please click here to access the online application form

Summer School Scholarships applications close 31 January, decision on awards made and communicated by 15 March 2023.

 

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 also a ceilidh each Friday evening which you may wish to join.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Dancer tickets (£12) and Spectator tickets (£6) for these public dances can be obtained through the online booking system, and you are encouraged to book early. On these evenings there is also 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 dance floor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available from the RSCDS Office in University Hall.

The smooth running of Summer School is successfully achieved through the collaborative efforts of RSCDS Office staff members, the Summer School teachers and musicians, as well as through the volunteer support generously given by attendees. If you wish to help, for example, by assisting at registration or in the pop up shop or by selling raffle tickets, then please select the appropriate box on the online booking form.

It would be very much appreciated if ALL dancers attending Summer School 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 3. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School classes 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 as the venues are located centrally in town - a maximum walk of approximately 20 minutes.

University Hall: Kennedy Gardens, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Agnes Blackadder Hall: North Haugh, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9XW

Travel Information

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

  1. Use the Branch & Group Finder to find a Branch closest to your location
  2. Visit their website for membership information and email the Branch secretary to tell them you would like to join
  3. Fill out a membership form (or download from their website) and send it in with the subscription fee
  4. Enjoy the benefits of RSCDS membership!

If you don't have a branch near you, why not join HQ, the International Branch or the Youth Branch

Book tickets

Book tickets

Remember to check the individual tabs above for Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then scroll down to see what's happening each week. (For example, Week 2 includes Junior Summer School.)

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, enjoy live music, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2023. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, dinner on the first Sunday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday, breakfast on the final Sunday, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Non-Resident pricing

As a Non-Resident you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals. (Member refers to RSCDS Membership.) 

Category Early Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Member price (From 1st February 2023) Early Non-Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Non-Member price (From 1st February 2023)
Resident in University Hall £715 £825 £825 £925
Resident in University Hall (Age 16 - 24) £600 £725 £725 £850
Resident in University Hall (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £450
Resident in University Hall (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £450
Resident in Agnes Blackadder Hall £980 £1,130 £1,130 £1,250
Non-Resident (Age 25+) £350 £450 £450 £550
Non-Resident (Age 16 - 24) £300 £380 £380 £480
Non Resident (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Non-resident (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Morning Classes Only* £100 £150 £175 £250

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Afternoon sessions, are not included.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer all of the classes listed below, but reserve the right to cancel any should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please select one option for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in their 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 may be offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sundays. 

 

 

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 those who have passed the RSCDS Teaching Certificate

This course will take place over weeks 3 and 4. Please refer to the Learn page for further information. 

 

Summer Camp is for those aged 8 - 12 and comprises a mixture of dancing, music and crafts

As the name suggests, this class is for dancers aged 12 - 15 and is of mixed ability

Advanced class in first period, followed by Step class in second

Very Advanced, High Impact class will take place in first period, followed by Step class in second

 

STAFFING FOR WEEK 3 TO BE ANNOUNCED

 
Important Summer School information - please read before booking

 

The Summer School 2023 Information booklet will appear here shortly

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.

Bookings 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.

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.

Attendees 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.

Young dancers aged 8 - 15 years can only attend in Week 3 and they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

There are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 25. 

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

Refunds

Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2023. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £80 per person. Attendees are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

Cancellation Policy

If, due to circumstances outside our control, we are required to cancel the Summer School event then we will inform all attendees and a full refund will be provided. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society shall assume no liability for any losses resulting from individual pre-booked travel. Please check your personal travel insurance policy.

Insurance

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

Covid Precautions

Please do NOT attend if you have received a positive Covid test result or have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate in the week prior to Summer School. 

All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away so please use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others

Whilst vaccination is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory for this event. Hand sanitisers will be made available at all dancing venues.

Photography & filming

Please note that filming/photography will take place during Summer School for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings may appear on our website, social media platforms or other publications.  If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed then please inform the Marketing Officer, Lyndsay Walker (lyndsay.walker@rscds.org) or photographer on the day.

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

Attendees staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in at this building 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 10am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in the Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Attendees can opt to 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) by adults only. 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, pop up shops and most social functions are based 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.

Attendees 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.

There are scholarships available to attend Summer School 2023. Please click here to access the online application form.

Summer School Scholarships applications close 31 January, decision on awards made and communicated by 15 March 2023.

 

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 also a ceilidh each Friday evening which you may wish to join.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Dancer tickets (£12) and Spectator tickets (£6) for these public dances can be obtained through the online booking system, and you are encouraged to book early. On these evenings there is also 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 dance floor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available from the RSCDS Office in University Hall.

The smooth running of Summer School is successfully achieved through the collaborative efforts of RSCDS Office staff members, the Summer School teachers and musicians, as well as through the volunteer support generously given by attendees. If you wish to help, for example, by assisting at registration or in the pop up shop or by selling raffle tickets, then please select the appropriate box on the online booking form.

It would be very much appreciated if ALL dancers attending Summer School 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.

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School classes 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 as the venues are located centrally in town - a maximum walk of approximately 20 minutes.

University Hall: Kennedy Gardens, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Agnes Blackadder Hall: North Haugh, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9XW

Travel Information

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

  1. Use the Branch & Group Finder to find a Branch closest to your location
  2. Visit their website for membership information and email the Branch secretary to tell them you would like to join
  3. Fill out a membership form (or download from their website) and send it in with the subscription fee
  4. Enjoy the benefits of RSCDS membership!

If you don't have a branch near you, why not join HQ, the International Branch or the Youth Branch

Book tickets

Book tickets

Remember to check the individual tabs above for Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then scroll down to see what's happening each week. (For example, Week 3 includes Junior Summer School.)

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, enjoy live music, and learn in a new venue so you can experience first-hand the world class atmosphere Summer School has to offer.

Summer School fees

Below is the pricing structure for Summer School 2023. Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, dinner on the first Sunday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday, breakfast on the final Sunday, all tuition and most social functions. Before booking please read the terms & conditions.

Non-Resident pricing

As a Non-Resident you will be arranging your own accommodation & meals. (Member refers to RSCDS Membership.) 

Category Early Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Member price (From 1st February 2023) Early Non-Member price (up to 31st January 2023) Non-Member price (From 1st February 2023)
Resident in University Hall £715 £825 £825 £925
Resident in University Hall (Age 16 - 24) £600 £725 £725 £850
Resident in University Hall (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £450
Resident in University Hall (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £315 £375 £375 £450
Resident in Agnes Blackadder Hall £980 £1,130 £1,130 £1,250
Non-Resident (Age 25+) £350 £450 £450 £550
Non-Resident (Age 16 - 24) £300 £380 £380 £480
Non Resident (Age 12 - 15, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Non-resident (Summer Camp, age 8 - 11, week 3) £135 £200 £200 £250
Morning Classes Only* £100 £150 £175 £250

*If you select this option then you will only be allowed to attend classes held in the morning. Afternoon sessions, are not included.

Class options

We hope to be able to offer all of the classes listed below, but reserve the right to cancel any should demand be insufficient. In such cases, dancers will be moved to the next highest class. Please select one option for each week to indicate which class you wish to join. The Schools Director, in consultation with your class teacher, reserves the right to move, up or down, anyone who, in their 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 may be offered. The examination courses and music courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. There are no classes on Sundays. 

 

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 those who have passed the RSCDS Teaching Certificate

This course will take place over weeks 3 and 4. Please refer to the Learn Section for further information

Advanced class will take place during first period, Step class during second

Very Advanced, High Impact class will take place during first period, followed by Step class in second

This course will involve shadowing experienced musicians during morning classes, as well as covering various aspects of playing for classes.

 
Important Summer School information - please read before booking

 

The Summer School 2023 Information booklet will appear here shortly

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.

Bookings 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.

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.

Attendees 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.

Young dancers aged 8 - 15 years can only attend in Week 3 and they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

There are discounts available as indicated for members of the RSCDS and for full-time students under the age of 25. 

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

Refunds

Every effort will be made to provide refunds up to 31st March 2023. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after this date. All refunds will be subject to an administrative charge of £80 per person. Attendees are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

Cancellation Policy

If, due to circumstances outside our control, we are required to cancel the Summer School event then we will inform all attendees and a full refund will be provided. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society shall assume no liability for any losses resulting from individual pre-booked travel. Please check your personal travel insurance policy.

Insurance

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

Covid Precautions

Please do NOT attend if you have received a positive Covid test result or have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate in the week prior to Summer School. 

All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away so please use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others

Whilst vaccination is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory for this event. Hand sanitisers will be made available at all dancing venues.

Photography & filming

Please note that filming/photography will take place during Summer School for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings may appear on our website, social media platforms or other publications.  If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed then please inform the Marketing Officer, Lyndsay Walker (lyndsay.walker@rscds.org) or photographer on the day.

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

Attendees staying in Agnes Blackadder Hall can check in at this building 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 10am. Luggage may be left in the Music Room in the Lumsden wing until departure time. Please return you key to the University Manager’s office.

Attendees can opt to 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) by adults only. 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, pop up shops and most social functions are based 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.

Attendees 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 downloadable app, Washstation. Information is displayed in the laundry rooms.

There are scholarships available to attend Summer School 2023. Please click here to access the online application form

Summer School Scholarships applications close 31 January, decision on awards made and communicated by 15 March 2023.

 

 

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 also a ceilidh each Friday evening which you may wish to join.

Every Thursday there are public dances in the Younger Hall. Dancer tickets (£12) and Spectator tickets (£6) for these public dances can be obtained through the online booking system, and you are encouraged to book early. On these evenings there is also 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 dance floor during social dancing.

Branches and Groups nearby also offer opportunities for social dancing during Summer School and details will be available from the RSCDS Office in University Hall.

The smooth running of Summer School is successfully achieved through the collaborative efforts of RSCDS Office staff members, the Summer School teachers and musicians, as well as through the volunteer support generously given by attendees. If you wish to help, for example, by assisting at registration or in the pop up shop or by selling raffle tickets, then please select the appropriate box on the online booking form.

It would be very much appreciated if ALL dancers attending Summer School 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 3. Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.

Location & venues

The venues for Summer School classes 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 as the venues are located centrally in town - a maximum walk of approximately 20 minutes.

University Hall: Kennedy Gardens, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DL

Agnes Blackadder Hall: North Haugh, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9XW

Travel Information

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

  1. Use the Branch & Group Finder to find a Branch closest to your location
  2. Visit their website for membership information and email the Branch secretary to tell them you would like to join
  3. Fill out a membership form (or download from their website) and send it in with the subscription fee
  4. Enjoy the benefits of RSCDS membership!

If you don't have a branch near you, why not join HQ, the International Branch or the Youth Branch

 

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