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Scottish country dancing is great for fitness as regular exercise helps improve your health. All of our classes will challenge you to improve in a friendly and relaxed way with our teachers ensuring that you progress every week.

If you are completely new to Scottish country dancing don’t be afraid, as our experienced teachers will ensure that you learn at the right pace. 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.

Read on if you are looking for a new challenge…

Summary of classes

We have a range of regular weekly Adult classes to suit all abilities from Beginners to Advanced, with expert fully trained teachers and live music at every class.

 Beginners Scottish Country & Ceilidh    Mixed Ability   Advanced

For these regular classes, each level of class has both an aim and entry criteria. This is to help you find the best class based on your experience. If in doubt, it’s usually better to start with the class where you think you would be most comfortable.

We're still running our Online Ladies Step Workshops on Saturday morning and Sunday evening.

We also now have a series of three in-person Ladies Step workshops

 

When do Regular classes start?

Monday: w/c 25 October 2021 for 6 weeks
Tuesday: w/c 26 October 2021 for 6 weeks
Thursday:
w/c 28 October 2021 for 6 weeks
Times: All classes are from 8.00 – 9.30pm
(entry to the hall is from 7.45pm)

Where is the class held?

Classes are held at various venues in Edinburgh. Within the information on each class, follow the link from any venue to learn its address, entrance location, bus, car and cycle information. During the first couple of weeks of term your teacher may suggest that one of our other classes would be more suitable and give you more enjoyment. We are happy for you to transfer between classes to find the right level for you.

 

How do I join and what does it cost?

Register and pay online to book your place when you find the class of your choice.

If you are not already a member, or need to renew, you can join now and save money on most Regular classes.

To join a class and become a member at the same time, add a class from below at the Member rate into your shopping basket, and then add a Membership from the Membership page. You’ll also find full information on the benefits of becoming a member there.

If you are unsure of which class is best for you, or if you wish to pay by another method, please contact us for advice.

Class Rate
Beginners Scottish Country & Ceilidh (6 weeks)
Special Introductory Price for all
£30
Members (Mixed Ability & Advanced) (6 weeks) £48
Non-members (Mixed Ability & Advanced) (6 weeks) £60

Please note

Teachers and musicians may change without notice due to availability. There may, on occasion, be a trainee teacher assisting with your class. No refunds are available, unless the class is cancelled by RSCDS Edinburgh.

What else do I need to know?

Firstly, have a look at the information about classes in our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you can’t find the answer there, please Contact us.

Class information

Monday
Beginners Scottish Country & Ceilidh


Dates: 25 Oct - 29 Nov 2021 (6 weeks)
Time: Mondays 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Murrayfield Parish Church

Entry Criteria: Open to all who have little or no experience of Scottish Country Dancing.

Aim: You will learn basic steps and simple formations including reels and some corner formations.

By the end of the 6-week course you will be able to dance many Scottish country & Ceilidh dances.

Price:
Introductory Price: All six sessions £30

Read on to help us to keep everyone safe

• Advance booking is essential
• Wear comfy clothing and suitable footwear
• Bring your own refreshments (if required)
• Please wear a mask in the communal areas of the venue
• Masks are not required to dance, but you may choose to wear one
• Follow any instructions from our Covid Officer on the day

Image of Yoshi Shibasaki

Teacher:
Yoshi Shibasaki

Image of Ewan Galloway

Musician
Ewan Galloway

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Tuesday
Mixed Ability


Dates: 26 Oct - 30 Nov 2021 (6 weeks)
Time:
Tuesdays 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue:
Greenbank Church Hall
Course: Fun social dancing which will improve your dancing skills
Entry Criteria: This energetic class is designed for dancers who are already familiar with core movements of Scottish Country Dancing and who have previously been dancing regularly for over two years. You should be able to dance the steps and many of the key formations such as (but not limited to) Allemande, Promenade and Ladies chain.

Aim: This class will improve the accuracy of your steps (including transitions between steps), and the level of your technique and phrasing. You will be introduced to more demanding formations and variations on the steps you already know.

Price:
RSCDS Edinburgh Branch Members: All six sessions £48
Non-Members: All six sessions £60

Read on to help us to keep everyone safe
• Advance booking is essential
• Sanitise your hands regularly during the class
• Wear comfy clothing and suitable footwear
• Bring your own refreshments (if required)
• Teachers and musicians will vary at each session
• Please wear a mask in the communal areas of the venue
• Masks are not required to dance, but you may choose to wear one
• Follow any instructions from our Covid Officer on the day

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Thursday
Advanced


Dates: 28 Oct - 2 Dec 2021 (6 weeks)
Time:
Thursdays 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue:
 Murrayfield Parish Church
Course: For those looking to dance at the highest level
Entry Criteria: Dancers should already:
• Be comfortable with all aspects of Scottish Country Dancing and be able to dance well without relying on others
• Have be confident dancing the steps and many of the formations listed in the RSCDS Manual. You will need to be able to dance well without prompting commonly danced formations such as (but not limited to): Double Triangles, Set to and turn corners and Reels of three and four
• Have footwork, handing and phrasing that is to a high standard and be able to maintain that standard for the entire duration of the class
• Have some understanding of transitions between steps, especially where a change of foot is required.
• Be prepared to learn basic Highland steps

Aim: This class will improve your footwork, rhythm, phrasing and technique so that your dancing will be of a high standard, this will involve some constructive critiquing of your dancing.

Price:
RSCDS Edinburgh Branch Members: All six sessions £48
Non-Members: All six sessions £60

Read on to help us to keep everyone safe
• Advance booking is essential
• Sanitise your hands regularly during the class
• Wear comfy clothing and suitable footwear
• Bring your own refreshments (if required)
• Teachers and musicians will vary at each session
• Please wear a mask in the communal areas of the venue
• Masks are not required to dance, but you may choose to wear one
• Follow any instructions from our Covid Officer on the day

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Online Saturday morning
Ladies' Step workshop


Dates       11/25 Sept, 9/23 Oct, 13/27 Nov, 4/18 Dec  
Time        10.00 – 11.30 UK time
Venue       Online via Zoom
Price         £15 for the 8-week session

Online Ladies Step class for those with some previous experience.

This class is aimed at dancers with some Ladies step dancing experience however, all are welcome to join us. We aim to learn a complete dance per class, with Atsuko Clement, so the pace is fairly swift. There may occasionally be a guest teacher.

Video recordings of each class will be available to the class members.

 

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Online Sunday evening
Ladies' Step workshop


Dates           12/26 Sept, 10/24 Oct, 14/28 Nov, 5/19 Dec      
Time
            18.00 – 19.30 UK time
Venue
          Online via Zoom
Price            £15 for the 8-week session

Description

This class is aimed at dancers with no or little previous experience although some knowledge of Scottish country dancing or ballet will be helpful. The core Ladies step dances will be learnt over two classes and there will be lots of reminders of dances we have learnt previously from Atsuko Clement to help you become more confident with these dances. There may occasionally be a guest teacher.

Video recordings of each class will be available to the class members.

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