Festivals and workshops

In addition to our own events, which are on offer through the events section of this website, RSCDS Branches around the world hold their own festivals and workshops, which are attended by hundreds of dancers and offer a truly unique experience.

Dance festivals, weekends and workshops

We invite you to discover the events below and if interested please get in touch with the Branch to learn more! Wherever you are in the world, you are always close to Scottish Country Dancing.

The excellent facilities of Emmanuel College Gateshead were the venue for the 34th Newcastle Festival of Scottish Country Dancing that was held on February 9th 2019.

There were social dances for everyone at the start and finish of the Festival and between each class (except classes 3 and 4). 

The 35th edition of the Newcastle Festival will take place on 8 February 2020 and we encourage you to visit their website for more details when they become available. 

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Join the RSCDS Boston Branch at their 64th Annual Boston Highland Ball Weekend near Boston, Massachusetts.

May 8-10, 2020

This is a fun, sociable weekend with a Welcome Dance on Friday night, a Ball on Saturday night, and a Brunch with dancing on Sunday. Hospitality is available.

Visit our website for more details: http://rscdsboston.org/event-highland-ball.html or contact highlandball@rscdsboston.org. We hope you can join us!

Join the RSCDS New York Branch at their 57th Annual Spring Weekend at Berkshire Hills, Copake, New York.

May 22-24 in 2020.

This promises to be a fun, sociable weekend, from the buffet supper at 6:00 PM kicking off the weekend to the closing afternoon dance on Sunday!

Contact the New York Branch for more details: pawlingweekend@gmail.com or visit this webpage for more information  New york pawling weekend.

The 44th Australian Winter School was held between 7-13 July 2019. Look out for more details of the 2020 Australian Winter School.

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Friday October 30 ~ Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Join us at Asilomar, located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, just 120 miles south of San Francisco.

This spectacular state park, with its historic buildings designed by Julia Morgan, 107 acres of woodlands, sand dunes, and ocean beach is an ideal setting for a magical weekend of Scottish country dancing.

Asilomar offers charming, modern guest rooms, set in a rustic, restful setting and promises you an unforgettable weekend dancing in beautiful Merrill Hall, classes with world-class teachers and outstanding musicians.

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Every July, there is an annual Scottish country dancing outdoor festival in north Leeds with demonstrations & children's dancing in the afternoon followed by social dancing in the evening.

The organising committee of the White Rose Festival of Scottish Country Dancing would like to invite you and your team of dancers to take part in the 2020 Festival.

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Teachers' Association (Canada), better known as TAC,
 hosts a Scottish Country Dance summer school annually
 at a venue in Canada or the USA.

TAC Summer School is open to all Scottish Country Dancers from basic to advanced and from beginner to experienced. One need not be a TAC member to register. 

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Each July, the RSCDS Boston Branch sponsors three sessions at Pinewoods: a 4-day session for English, Scottish and Contra dancing (co-sponsored with CDS Boston Centre), and weekend and week-long Scottish sessions.

All three sessions offer live music and dancing from morning 'til night, with classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced dancers.

We would like to especially encourage young dancers (18+), new dancers, and Pinewoods first-timers to apply.

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The RSCDS New Zealand Branch extends a warm invitation for all dancers to attend the 2020 Summer School. Check their website for more details soon.

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Global Youth Week (worldwide)                        

The rationale behind Global Youth Week is to explore opportunities and to share ideas and experiences to encourage more young people to take up Scottish country dance and music. By linking with others worldwide, this is a celebration of young people’s involvement. Check out what’s happening this year and join the conversation.

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

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

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

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

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