RSCDS Edinburgh frequently asked questions
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We very much hope to be able to hold our Annual General Meeting later this year, however if it is not safe to meet in person then we may have to hold an online meeting. In the meantime, our Trustees Annual Report and Accounts to 31 March 2020 are available here. An agenda for the AGM, along with details on how to join the meeting remotely, if applicable, will be sent directly to members in due course.
We hope to be dancing again as soon as it is safe to do so, and we have flexible plans in place to restart once we have confirmation of this. Stay up to date by signing up for our regular newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the latest information.
Yes, of course. You can renew your membership online here.
We may have that information on our Dancers’ Diary page.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), which is our parent body, provides this at the RSCDS world-wide website.
The RSCDS world-wide site has a group finder site at RSCDS Branch and Group Finder.
What should I do to keep everyone safe?
Please follow these points:-
• Advance booking is essential
• Sanitise your hands regularly during the class or event
• 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
No, Scottish country dancing is a social activity and you dance with different partners during a night of dancing.
Dancing can be energetic although you can put in as much or as little effort as you like. We recommend that you wear layers of clothes – possibly light trousers or a full skirt, a T shirt and something on top for warming up or the slower dances.
Dancing shoes come in many guises from ballet shoes to laced soft shoes and to those with a T bar. All proper Scottish country dancing shoes are very soft and comfortable, and can be bought from most dancing outlets and shops like Dancewear in Edinburgh (see adverts on our Home page, members usually receive a discount). Before you buy shoes, you might prefer to come along to the class in soft soled flat shoes (trainers are ideal) and see what your teacher suggests or what others are wearing.
You can register and pay online on the Classes page.
Become a member of the RSCDS Edinburgh Branch. The pricing table shows that you save nearly 20% on class fees. You also gain many more benefits – see Membership. In addition, under 25s can apply for assistance with class fees from our Youth Fund. By attending two classes in the same term you’ll receive a 50% discount on the second class.
Parents are welcome to stay or drop off and pick up.
We won’t let the children leave the hall until a known adult has come to collect them.
All out teachers are appropriately qualified to teach your child and have a recent Disclosure Scotland.
Our teaching staff will act responsibly to provide a safe environment and oversee the wellbeing of your child from the time they are handed over from the parent/guardian at the start of a class. They will hold this responsibility until the class ends and until they ensure that each student has been collected by their parent/guardian.
We expect everyone associated with us, staff, volunteers, parent/guardian and pupils to respect the different views and beliefs that may be held and to treat everyone with due care, consideration and respect always.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to look after personal property when attending classes and we highly recommend that shoes and personal belongings are clearly named or labelled correctly.
Pupils must always be respectful and courteous, and our teachers reserve the right to refuse a pupil to participate in class if they are dressed or behaving inappropriately.
You’ll also find that our parent body, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) publishes a wider set of FAQs at https://www.rscds.org/about/frequently-asked-questions.
If you’re looking for some information specific to the Edinburgh branch, including its classes and events, but you’ve not found it in the above list or elsewhere on our website, then please Contact Us.