What is SCD?

Scottish Country Dancing, which is Scottish folk dance or simply the traditional ballroom dancing of Scotland.

few different steps, some basic figures, an infinite number of combinations, mostly 4 couples in a set and Scottish music.

The couples each dance a sequence of figures uniquely determined for each dance, dancing together with their partner and the other couples. In brief each dancer leaves their original position and eventually reaches it again at the end of the dance in an interesting, enjoyable and varied manner.


 The dances can be quite simple, so that you can dance without much prior experience, or so complicated that you have to be quite advanced for everything to work the way the inventor of the dance intended. This is exactly the attraction for many dancers, whereas other dancers simply love to dance with others.

Come and join us celebrating the joy and fun of SCD. You don't need a partner, will keep fit and meet other enthusiasts.

Wenige Schritte, einige Grundfiguren und unendlich viele Kombinationen, (meist)  4 Paare, schottische Musik: das ist Scottish Country Dancing

Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) is the traditional ballroom dancing of Scotland. Many of the dances and tunes are from the 17th and 18th century, although new ones are continually being devised. The Scottish Country Dance Society (later the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) was formed in 1923 to catalog, standardise and popularise the dance form.


The dances take the form of Sets, being longwise (3-6 couples facing their partners in straight lines down the hall) or square (4 couples facing across a square) and a dance is typically 32-48 bars of music, being repeated until every couple has acted as the lead (or 1st) couple, sometimes twice. There are 3 different types of music, being fast (Reels and Jigs) or slow (Strathspeys), and five different sorts of steps (3 fast and 2 slow). Each dance consists of several figures, each typically lasting 4 or 8 bars of music and each dance will typically combine 4-6 of these, there being over 300 such figures and about 20,000 dances. Everyone will typically change their partner for every dance so one gets to meet lots of other people and enjoyment and sociality are the main goal of an evening class or dance. Beginners will spend time practicing the steps, adding simple figures and gradually gaining proficiency in both. However, there are always new dances being written or old ones being rediscovered so an evening is never boring.

Come and join us celebrating the joy and fun of Scottish Country Dancing. You don't need a partner, will keep fit and meet other enthusiasts. Bring light shoes without a raised heel.

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