There are many resources available to help you to learn and improve your knowledge of Scottish Country Dancing. Regular classes with a qualified teacher are a must but you will also find a wealth of video demonstrations of the steps and formations we use as well as videos of complete dances. Scroll down for links to some excellent instructional videos.
Weekly Classes – when, where and who…?
Our weekly classes are led by experienced RSCDS teachers on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.45 p.m. Our aim is to teach you the steps, formations and structure of Scottish Country Dances, so that you can get the most out of your dancing.
7.00 to 8.00 p.m. – Beginners’ Class. Basic steps and formations, followed by simple dances to include what has been learned. The beginners’ session is run as a structured course and will begin promptly at 7.00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to stay and watch the Intermediate class that follows and are welcome to have tea/coffee and to socialise during the break.
8.00 to 8.45 p.m. – Class for intermediate dancers. Beginners will be able to progress to this class once they have acquired the necessary skills.
8.45 to 9.00 p.m. – Break for tea/coffee.
9.00 to 9.45 p.m. – Class for more advanced dancers. The class teacher will advise when participants are ready to take part in this class.
Our classes are held at Tarporley Community Centre CW9 0AY – a spacious, well-equipped venue with a sprung floor. You don’t need a partner or any special equipment – just wear flat, soft-soled shoes – and your first two classes are FREE. The weekly class fee is £3 for RSCDS Members. Non-members may attend for a limited period of time at £4 per week, but you will be asked to take out full RSCDS membership to attend classes regularly.
If you’d like to join us, why not come along to one of our classes or contact our Secretary, Andrew, on 01244 460168.
Instructional videos – watch and learn
In addition to your weekly classes, you can do a bit of ‘homework’ using on-line learning resources. What better place to start than the Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary? You will find a glossary of dance terminology and videos of the formations.
Here are some excellent on-line learning aids from Lower Hutt Scottish Country Dance Club in Wellington, New Zealand:
Beginners’ Teaching Videos – not just for beginners! (Tip: turn ‘Auto-play’ OFF in YouTube to avoid getting follow-on videos that might not be relevant.)
Intermediate Teaching Videos – for everyone, including beginners.
Alternatively you might like to subscribe to Lower Hutt’s YouTube Channel, where you will find all their instructional videos, including any new ones that they add.
And if you like these videos, don’t tell us – tell them! Subscribe to the Channel and give them some feedback.