Virtual Festival

Virtual Festival 2021


What is the Virtual Festival?

The Virtual Festival is a competition organised by the Youth Services Committee and we invite RSCDS Branches and Affiliated Groups to enter from anywhere in the world. 

This years’ theme was “Ceilidh, dancing and beyond”.

We invited participants to come up with choreography which included at least one of the dances on the list below from this years’ Spring Fling ceilidh dance writing workshop. They were also able to include country dance, and musical or other creative ceilidh items in the dance display.


For inspiration we suggested participants should think of their favourite ceilidh night: 

How does the decoration look, how about the dresses, what’s the band like, and...the dancing? Show us your ceilidh night with your display entry!

Film it!  Any number of dancers is fine, (it could be just one person along with toys, props or pets) and under 18s must have the permission of a parent/guardian. 

This year there were 2 entry categories:

  • Under 18s
  • Mixed Ages

There was also special awards including:

  • People’s Choice
  • Best Team Effort
  • The one you'd most like to join in with

The dos & don'ts

  • Competition open to RSCDS Branches & Affiliated Groups (not all dancers in the team have to be members) 
  • Dances should include Scottish Country Dance and Ceilidh steps and formations
  • You must use RSCDS copyrighted music (or obtain signed permission from the music creator, if non-RSCDS)
  • Videos can be up to 4 minutes long
  • Teams can be made up of any number of dancers, including just one; you may also use props to adapt to the rules of physical distancing
  • Under 18s must have the permission of a parent/guardian to take part

The submission deadline was the 4th December 2021 and entries have now closed.

Voting for the "People's Choice Award" is now open until Monday 31st January 2022!


Watch the 2021 video submissions here

Vote here


Entries for the 2021 Virtual Festival have now closed and voting for the "People's Choice Award" is open till 31st January 2022.


Don’t worry about your filming skills, as this will not be part of the judging criteria. The video must be clear, with good audio – think about using a camera on a tripod or a high quality smart phone with an extremely steady hand! Videos should be no more than four minutes long.

Send videos digitally to  We recommend sharing these with us via a link to cloud storage (such as Dropbox, Google Drive or One Drive) or using a file sharing website such as WeTransfer (you can send up to 2GB of files for free).


Please be aware that when you are choosing the music for your video you need to be mindful of the copyright and performing rules which govern the uploading of material to YouTube - this is where we will be hosting the Virtual Festival submissions. The RSCDS has already given you permission to use any material that has been produced by the Society. For any other recordings that you may wish to use you should seek permission from the owners of the recording before submitting your entry and complete the music permissions section on the application form. If you have any questions then contact us at

We've compiled a list of suggested tunes created by the RSCDS that you can use for your Virtual Festival video - all tunes are available as digital downloads via the shop.



We will have three judges who will watch all entries and give each a score. The videos with the highest score in each category will win!  Judging will take place after the deadline of the 4th December 2021 when all entries will be available on YouTube. You will then also be able to decide on which is your personal favourite in the People’s Choice category!

Previous Virtual Festivals


Virtual Festival 2020

Branches from around the world have gathered (online and in-person), and wow, they have come up with some lovely surprises. All entries were imaginative, creative and lots of fun to watch!

With their journey to all the locations they were planning to go in 2020, Lyon Branch won the popular vote. The winners of the under 16s category are Moscow’s Deer O’Dale dancers with their beautifully danced and presented display “The Scots and the Vikings”.

Congratulations to both winners and thank you everyone for joining the Virtual Festival 2020!

Lyon winners:


Moscow winners:



The 2018 winner!

For 2018 we asked Branches & Groups to get a group of dancers together to perform a unique dance based on the theme 'Around the World'. The routine was to be mostly made up of Scottish Country Dance steps and formations, but giving it some exotic flair! We wanted the dances, surroundings and costumes to reflect and enhance the theme – groups were inspired to do something a little different. We received 15 submissions from across the world - Branches and Groups as far away as Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Calgary participated and we are pleased to share them with the world!

In the end, Buenos Aires Scottish Country Dancers won in 2018 with their tango-inspired choreography. You can view their submission by heading to our official YouTube channel or by clicking the video below.



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