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.
RSCDS Edinburgh runs weekly Adult classes to suit all abilities from Beginners to Advanced. more
Our young dancers enjoy lots of fun at their classes and events. more
03 June 2023
The forecast for Saturday (4 June) is looking great, and our Summer dancing is going ahead. See you there!
27 March 2023
Join us on Tuesday (28 March) for fitness, fun and friendship at our Nice'n'Easy dance
Find out more at https://rscdsedinburgh.org/events#1680033600
26 February 2023
Join us for fun, social dancing next Sunday afternoon at Craigmillar Park Church with our friends Dunedin Dancers. Find out more here
26 February 2023
What a great time our young dancers had on Friday dancing at The Flying Scotsman Centenary event. Find out about their experience here.
Flying Scotsman steams through Edinburgh on centenary - BBC News
19 February 2023
Get ready to dance in our classes for another 5 weeks of fun. Not joined in yet? Drop us a note and we'll find a place on the dance floor for you.
13 February 2023
Don't forget that it's mid term this week so there are no Branch classes. See you next week!
06 February 2023
We are excited that Spring Fling and Fringe are returning to Edinburgh.
Find out more about Spring Fling here and head to our classes page to book your space at Spring Fringe.
Details of events for under 12s will follow in the next few days.
16 January 2023
It's chilly outside but all our classes are running as planned this week. Scottish dancing is a great way to stay warm!
09 September 2022
Following the sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron, and as a mark of respect, we have taken the decision to cancel our online Step Classes this weekend. All dancers who have already registered for these events have been contacted directly.
09 September 2022
17 July 2022
Dame Darcey Bussell has recently fronted a new four-part series for More4 in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In the programme, she travels to several locations across the UK that are significant to the Queen and her history. She also discovers many of Her Majesty’s favourite activities and passions such as hiking the Scottish Highlands and horse racing at Ascot, and of course, Scottish country dancing.
Darcey visited Edinburgh to learn more about Scottish country dancing and iits association with the Queen and couldn’t resist the opportunity to dance with us.
After a quick lesson in some of the finer points from Edinburgh Branch teacher Elizabeth Harry, Darcey was ready to perform The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
The dance was written to commemorate the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth and her husband His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.
This 40 bar reel was devised by Branch Founder, Miss Allie Anderson and her friend and Branch Teacher Miss Florence Lesslie. The music was composed by John Robertson, a senior programme operator at the BBC and conductor of the Scottish Country Dance Players.
Darcey also spoke with Branch members Dorothy Leurs and Barbara and David Ross about their memories of dancing for The Queen.
Darcey Bussell’s Royal Road Trip will air its first episode on More4 on Tuesday 19 July at 2100.
02 July 2022
We have regrettably taken the decision to cancel tonight’s outdoor event.
Whilst the forecast is for a dry evening there has been some rain so the grass is slightly damp. It’s also quite cool and breezy.
Thanks to everyone who has come along and supported these events, we hope to see you at our Summer dance on 23 July.
04 June 2022
We hope to see you there at our Platinum Jubilee event - 7.00pm at St Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place
31 May 2022
Dance Scottish on Saturday 4th June to commemorate HM The Queen's historic reign.
21 April 2022
This event is now sold out! Contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list for a place.
23 March 2022
Get ready for lots of fun next Tuesday (29 March) when everyone is welcome to join us on the dance floor for a fun programme of surprise dances.
Book online and save some cash!
17 March 2022
Join us at our Spring Dance! We have a programme of fun, popular dances and wonderful music at our new venue. There's plenty of space on the dance floor for everyone.
15 February 2022
There are no classes this week.
Why not take some time to check out our YouTube channel until you can dance with us again next week?
03 February 2022
Booking for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Summer School in 2022 is now open!
23 January 2022
Our classes are back and are a great way to get fit and have fun. Find out more and book online now.
20 January 2022
Our Online classes head back into the virtual dance studio this weekend. Grab your pumps, roll back the carpet & book your space now!
15 January 2022
Watch out for our Classes & Events starting as soon as it is safe to dance again
10 December 2021
We have reluctantly have taken the decision to cancel our Christmas Dance tomorrow evening (Saturday 11 December) in light of the current guidance from the Scottish Government. Dancers who have already purchased tickets have been contacted directly.
29 November 2021
Book your space on the dance floor at our Christmas Party on Tuesday 7 December.
19 November 2021
There are a few spaces remaining at our Ladies Step dance workshop on Sunday afternoon. Book your place online now.
21 October 2021
Find fun, fitness and friendship at our new Beginners class starting next Monday (25 October). Find out more here.
01 October 2021
This is a joint event with Dunedin Dancers at is always lots of fun.
Book online now.
24 September 2021
Book a place on the dance floor for young dancers age P1 - P5.
See you tomorrow for lots of fun!
21 September 2021
Our Fun for All classes start tonight, Greenbank Church Hall at 8pm. Don't forget to book your place in advance...
See you there!
18 September 2021
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!
16 September 2021
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.
13 September 2021
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.
12 September 2021
Find out more and book your space on the dance floor now. Details here
12 September 2021
At long last we are delighred to be live! Check out all our events and classes which are happening later this month.
21 July 2021
We are pleased to welcome you back to dance in the open air.
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19 October 2020
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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.
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.
Membership allows you to be a part of a community of dancers both locally and worldwide and supports Scottish country dancing in Edinburgh and beyond. more
Visit our shop, where we have a selection of CDs, books and other Scottish country dance items for sale. more
There are many Scottish Country Dancing events taking place in and around Edinburgh, organised by the RSCDS Edinburgh branch and other local clubs and groups. more
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