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Welcome to the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Edinburgh Branch. Since our formation in 1924, we have promoted Scottish Country dancing for the fun, fitness and friendship it can provide. Now in our 94th year, we continue to offer classes, workshops, dances and events for all ages and experience levels. Keep reading to see what is coming up in the near future, and explore the rest of our site for more information.



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We are thrilled to be hosting “Ceilidh for Canada” in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Come along on Saturday 1st July (7pm – 9pm) to the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens and join in with our special ceilidh to celebrate Canada’s 150 year anniversary.

This is going to be a relaxed, fun and free family event and all are welcome! All the dances will be called and suitable for beginners so don’t worry if you’ve never tried Scottish dancing before, we’ll look after you.

There will be live music from the fantastic Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band, so this is an evening not to be missed. Dances in the programme include the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and, of course, a Canadian Barn Dance.

If you would like to download a flyer please click here . Spread the word and let your family and friends know about this wonderful Ceilidh for Canada!

Class Advert Edward partnerAdult Classes 

There is something for everyone at our classes, whether you have lots of experience or have never danced in your life there is a class to suit you!

Scottish country dancing is a great way to keep fit, have fun and make new friends.

Our classes restart in September and more information will be available here in August.

Sign up now for our eUpdates and make sure you are the first to know. 

Children’s Classes

Scottish country dancing is a fun activity which helps children learn the importance of teamwork and cooperation in a safe and fun environment and is an excellent way to keep fit, have fun and make new friends.

Our classes are taken by fully disclosed RSCDS teachers who help the children build on and increase their knowledge week on week.



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Save the date and join us for a great evening of dance on Saturday 29th July, all set to fantastic music from Colin Dewar and his Scottish dance band.

A special thanks to Blacketyside Farm and Teashop who are once again providing us with their delicious strawberries.

It's a great programme with lots of popular dances, and don't forget the strawberries and cream... see you there!



Festival Ceilidh Flyer DRAFT Festival Ceilidh

Join us, as the Edinburgh Festivals draw to a close, for a fun evening for all the family. This event is suitable for all, no previous experience is necessary.

Our Festival Ceilidh on Friday 25th August is a great event to bring your friends to, no matter what age they are.

Dancing to Graeme Munro and his Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band, all the dances will be expertly called on the night. 

Tickets are available now via our website Paypal page.

Demonstration Group

Our Demonstration Group had the privilege of promoting Scotland and Scottish dancing in Barcelona at the Jornades Internacionals Folklòriques. Watch  them dancing Courtyard 1the Gay Gordons on La Rambla during the La Mercè Festival 2016.

If you are looking for a unique experience to complete your event our team of dancers can help.

We can provide anything from a short dancing display to hosting an evening of Ceilidh dancing complete with a caller, ensuring that your guests take home happy memories and an unforgettable experience of Scottish culture.

Whatever the event, the flexibility of using us ensures that your function will be a resounding success.



Dancing in Princes Street Gardens as the sun sets under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle is something really special and generations of Scottish dancers have enjoyed this.

Local dancers continue to organise dancing, both outdoor (Mondays) and indoor (Tuesdays), throughout the summer so that dancers from near and far can indulge their enthusiasm. It’s a great way to have fun, keep fit and meet new friends from around the world every week.

All of the dances are demonstrated by local groups and everyone is made to feel very welcome.

More information and the programmes is available here or check our Facebook page  on Mondays around 5pm when we will give you a “weather update” to let you know that the outdoor dancing is going ahead.

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We are saddened to advise that Vera Davidson (previously Sim and Sneddon) has passed away last night after a short illness.

Vera has been an Honorary Vice-President of Edinburgh Branch for many years and is a long-standing examiner and teacher of the RSCDS.

Our thoughts are with Vera’s family at this time. Funeral arrangements will be advised in due course.

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