New Dancer FAQ

The People's Dancing of Scotland Social dancing suitable for all ages

Scottish country dancing has spread around the world from Scotland.  It is danced in groups of 6 or 8 people. It differs from highland dancing, which is for individuals.

Children and teens love it!  
Working adults love it!  
Seniors love it!
Interesting people from all walks of life, people with a wide range of dancing ability all enjoy Scottish country dancing

Fun!           Fitness!       Friendship!

Great toe-tapping music

Enjoyable physical exercise

Keeps the mind alert

No partner needed

No special clothes needed - just a pair of soft shoes

In Scottish Country Dancing the word "country" refers to contra or dancing in sets of couples in lines.

In practice the dances can be danced in long sets (with dancers in parallel lines opposite each other), square sets or in sets around the room.

A country dance has a number of formations which are arranged in different sequences for each dance.  Most dances are progressive, which means that the sequence is danced and the dancer finishes in a different place in the set and then repeats the dance from the new position.

No special clothes needed - just a pair of soft shoes.

Some people do wear kilts and tartan to some events.  It is usually optional - unless very formal.

So there will be an opportunity to wear your kilt- if you want to.

But certainly not essential - particularly for weekly dancing at club.


Scottish Country Dancing is social dancing. Clubs, classes and social events are arranged so that dancers can go along on their own, with a spouse or partner or with a group of friends.


Come along and try it!  New dancers are welcome.

In February and March many clubs have open nights for new dancers.

In addition to teaching at clubs, there are region-wide and nationwide classes. Classes and tuition are available for dancers of all levels from beginner to experienced.

Like most activities, there is an initial learning curve.  Events for new dancers will ease you into it.

For beginners classes and course click here.


Can I start dancing at any time of year? Yes - but you may feel as though you are being "thrown in the deep end" a little.


Everyone is different and picks up Scottish country dancing at different rates.  The pace that you pick up dancing will depend on so many things.

Just come along and try it!

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