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RSCDS Edinburgh Branch

The home of Scottish country dancing in Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh Branch of the
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

We run weekly classes for all levels of dancers, so if you have never danced before or are a more experienced dancer looking to progress, we have a class to suit you. You’ll find all the information you need on our Classes page. If you keep reading below, you will find details of all our other activities, including our Children’s classes, social dances and Annual Ball.

Formed in 1924, we have been promoting Scottish country dancing ever since, so come and join us and experience the fun, fitness and friendship it provides.

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Latest branch news

We're getting ready for Christmas!

Book your space on the dance floor at our Christmas Party on Tuesday 7 December.

"These classes warm up my body and soul"

There are a few spaces remaining at our Ladies Step dance workshop on Sunday afternoon. Book your place online now. 

Ready. Set. Dance!

Find fun, fitness and friendship at our new Beginners class starting next Monday (25 October). Find out more here.

Come and dance at our Sunday Social this weekend!

This is a joint event with Dunedin Dancers at is always lots of fun. 

Book online now. 

Our fun Scottish dance classes for young dancers start tomorrow!

Book a place on the dance floor for young dancers age P1 - P5. 

See you tomorrow for lots of fun! 

Get ready to dance with us tonight!

Our Fun for All classes start tonight, Greenbank Church Hall at 8pm. Don't forget to book your place in advance... 

See you there! 

Welcome back!

We are excited to be welcoming dancers from across Scotland onto the dance floor with us tonight. With music from Iain MacPhail and his Scottish dance band it's bound to be a grand evening! 

** BREAKING NEWS ^^

Our Ladies Step dance workshop on Sunday 19 September is now sold out. Booking is open now for the next two workshops on Sundays 17 October and 21 November.

Members are invited to join us at our AGM

Advance booking for our Annual General Meeting is required at the moment. Members are invited to book online to join us on Wednesday 15 September at 7.30pm. 

Join us at our Grand Dance on Sat 18 September

Find out more and book your space on the dance floor now. Details here

Welcome to our new website

At long last we are delighred to be live! Check out all our events and classes which are happening later this month. 

Dancing at Last !

We are pleased to welcome you back to dance in the open air.

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What is Scottish country dancing?

Scottish country dancing is fun, with dancers finding the shared experience of dance both physically and mentally enjoyable. Whether you dance at a local club, in a town hall or at a one-off Ceilidh event, the result is the same!

Scottish country dancing is great for fitness as regular exercise helps improve your health. Dance is a great physical activity to get you moving, building cardio endurance and boosting circulation. Scottish country dancing keeps your brain active! Memorising steps and formations will improve your cognitive skills and help prevent dementia.

You will find friendship throughout the world as Scottish country dancers are welcomed into a worldwide community of dancers and firm friendships are formed by dancers everywhere attending their regular classes and social events.

Scottish country dancing is a dynamic, spirited social dance genre which is uniquely Scottish. The Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys which we dance are distinct in their rhythm and the dancing is sociable, enjoyable and as energetic as you want it to be.

With its roots in the assemblies and balls of the 18th and 19th centuries, its popularity has increased to this day and it is now danced all over the world in more informal settings. It is an evolving form of social dancing where you regularly dance with a partner in “sets” typically of 3 or 4 couples. Throughout a social event or class, you will regularly change partner, making it very sociable.

Scottish country dancing in Edinburgh

We run weekly classes for all level of dancers, so if you have never danced before or are a more experienced dancer looking to progress, we have a class to suit you. You’ll find all the information you need on our Classes page.

Keep exploring our site to find details of all our other activities, including our Children’s classes, social events and our Annual Ball. Formed in 1924, we have been promoting Scottish country dancing ever since, so come and join us and experience the fun, fitness and friendship it provides.

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