Just discovered Scottish dancing and want to do some more? Maybe you are looking for a fun way to get fit? Or meet some new people? Here’s how to find out about classes near you and how to get in touch.
Ask the RSCDS
Many classes are run by RSCDS Branches or Affiliated Groups. To locate a Branch or Group near you please visit the Branch & Group Finder. Use the map to locate those closest to where you live. Each marker has a pop-up window that offers useful information on a Branch or Group:
- The website address: here you will usually find information on classes, and for some, details on other classes or clubs within the region
- The email address of the secretary: you can email him or her with a request for details of classes
- A link to the page where there may be further information about classes and local activities
If you cannot find anything, a few websites list Scottish dance groups, and you can view more information by visiting our Global Dance Listings page, where you will also find Branch listings.
Nothing on the map? The Branch may not list every club within its catchment and not every area with dancing has an RSCDS Branch. Here are some other ways to find out if there is any local Scottish dancing.
Ask an insider
Write to the secretary of your nearest SCD club, even if it is quite far away from you, and ask for information on dancing in your area. They may know what’s on across the region, including non-RSCDS clubs. If they don’t know, they probably know someone who does, so they will pass your query on to the right person. Eventually the information will get back to you.
Investigate local activities
Look in places like your local library, in publications like the local paper or on websites where local activities and events are advertised. Many areas have a Scottish society that does a bit of dancing (or a lot!). Universities may have a folk-dance society that includes Scottish Country Dancing or even a dedicated SCD club – some encourage non-students to join in. Organisations such as the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Britain offer a range of activities depending on local interest: many areas include a SCD group.
Watch out for adverts for Ceilidhs, Burns Nights or anything Scottish as dancers may be running these or performing at them so can provide information about what classes there are locally or put you in touch with someone who knows.
If you need any help, please get in touch with the RSCDS office: firstname.lastname@example.org