There are shortcuts to happiness, and one of them is DANCING
FITNESS It is well established that participation in adequate amounts of regular physical activity can improve health and reduce the risk of premature death by helping to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight; lower blood cholesterol; reduce blood pressure in people who already have hypertension (high blood pressure); improve self-esteem and reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, depression; build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints; and keep older adults physically strong and better able to move about without falling or becoming too tired.FitnessFitness
FUN A study from the University of Strathclyde, in 2010, showed Scottish country dancing to be superior to other forms of physical activity in building levels of fitness. A Canadian study found Scottish country dancing to be superior to folk and square dancing, and research from the University of Cumbria, published in January 2014 suggests that participation in Scottish country dancing could reduce the ageing process. It also helps to prevent dementia through the complex interplay of cognitive skills needed to memorise steps and formations, interaction with other dancers, and the effect of dance music on the mind.FunFun
FRIENDSHIP The social aspect of Scottish country dancing develops a sense of community and enjoyment, which encourages continued participation, and long term involvement, and is linked with good health, a positive attitude and longevity. With about 160 branches all around the world, and 9 across Australia, you will find a class just about everywhere you go. So you can travel the globe, with your dancing shoes, and make new dancing friends wherever you go.FriendshipFriendship
We encourage people to be fully vaccinated against CoVID. Please do not attend classes or events if you have an upper respiratory tract infection – cough, sneezing, sore throat etc.Learn More
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Spicer Uniting Church, 44A Fourth Ave, St Peters Members and non-members welcome. $10 per class. NOTE HOT WEATHER POLICY below for Terms 1 and 4.Learn More
Thursdays 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm. St Theodore’s Anglican Church Hall, Prescott Terrace, Toorak GardensLearn More
Saturdays 7.30 pm - 9:30 pm. St Theodore’s Anglican Church Hall, Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens.Learn More
Mondays 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Beginners welcome. This is a mixed class of newer and more experienced dancers. Rose Park Scout Hall, Hewitt Ave, Rose Park. This venue is airconditioned.Learn More
Wednesdays 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm. Beginners welcome. This is a mixed class of newer and more experienced dancers. Rose Park Scout Hall, Hewitt Ave, Rose Park. This venue is airconditioned.Learn More
Fridays 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm, recommencing Fri 3/2/23. St Margaret’s Church Hall, cnr Port and Woodville Roads, Woodville. This venue is airconditioned.Learn More
Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am. The Druids Hall, Cassie St, Collinswood. This venue is airconditioned.Learn More
Mondays 4:30 - 6:30 pm: School terms only. Pioneer Hall at Middleton Beginners welcome.Learn More
Wednesdays 11 am - 12:30 pm Westbourne Park Uniting Church, 27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA 5062.Learn More
WORKSHOP 2: Following on from Workshop 1, continue to review the basics and improve your dancing for 2023. Under the expert teaching of Neville Pope. Doors will open 9:30 am.
Come and try Scottish country dancing. NO - it's NOT HIGHLAND. Discover its origins, how it has developed and evolved over the years. No longer confined to Scotland, it has become popular in many countries throughout the world. Help celebrate the Society's centenary! Doors open 1:45 pm. Dancing 2 pm.
The 46th Australian Winter School, based in Kiama on the beautiful shores of the south coast of New South Wales. There will be lots of special celebrations as 2023 is the centenary of the RSCDS. There will be classes in the mornings, a variety of interesting afternoon sessions, a social or special event in the evenings, culminating in the Centenary Ball on Saturday. We have engaged a stunning line up of teachers and musicians, many from overseas.
Save the date! Adelaide will celebrate the centenary of the RSCDS with its Annual Ball. Live music. More details and ticketing to come.
We look forward to seeing you at NZ Branch Inc Summer School to be held in Nelson (at the top of the sunny South Island) from 28 December 2023 to 5 January 2024.
Join us for our Welcome to 2023 social, organised by Jean Dodds. Come along and catch up with everyone to start off our dancing year. Social Program and crib sheet are now available.
WORKSHOP 1: Get your feet and bodies moving again ready for the 2023 season. Under the expert teaching of Jean Dodds, from 10 am - 12:45 pm. 15 minute bathroom break in the morning. Will be followed in the afternoon by our 2023 Welcome Social, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Please BYO lunch if staying for the whole day. Light refreshments will be provided during the lunch break.
50th Anniversary Aloha Winter Weekend. With guest instructor Jeanne Moody, live music from the Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a and Strathspey Society Band, dance lessons, social dances, a ceilidh, and food, this is a weekend that you won't want to miss.
Bring in the new year with the Adelaide Scottish Country Dance & Social Club at its Hogmanay Dance. $5 at the door, please bring a small plate of supper to share. Lots of popular favourite dances.
Visit their website to see all the information or to register online.
Adelaide Scottish Country Dance & Social Club welcome you all to its Christmas Dance. $5 entry at the door. Please bring some supper to share afterwards.
All welcome to join in the Branch Class finale for 2022. Jean Dodds will lead us in a great program. Shared supper after the dancing to celebrate the end of the dancing season. Please bring a small plate and/or drink to share. No class fee.
Calling all RSCDS Adelaide and Districts MEMBERS. Hear from your Branch President, Treasurer and Teachers' Panel about what was achieved during 2022, and what is planned for 2023. Have your say on the Committee, Membership Fees, and proposed events for 2023. Nominate to join the Committee for 2023. We are seeking some new Committee members, including a new Secretary, and new Vice President. If you cannot attend, please submit apologies to firstname.lastname@example.org
This FREE event will celebrate the 70th year of the Adelaide and Districts RSCDS Branch. Please join our happy, inclusive event with Scottish music, a bit of history and nostalgia, and of course, dancing.
We welcome teacher and dance deviser, Gaye Collin of New Zealand, fresh from the Australian Winter School in Muresk. Enjoy a morning of dancing under her instruction.
We welcome teacher and dance deviser Damon Collin of New Zealand, fresh from the Australian Winter School in Muresk. Enjoy a special Branch Class of dancing under his instruction.
Postponed from 2020 the WA Branch is now planning to hold the next Australian Winter School in September 2022. Details and bookings now available on https://www.wawinterschool.com/
Calling all budding dancers in the Adelaide, Hills and Fleurieu regions. An evening of family fun, to try your hand (feet actually) at Scottish dancing. Easy ceilidh dances will be called on the night. Tickets must be prebooked and paid - numbers are limited.
Tascal Scottish Country Dancers are very happy to welcome dancers to our Winter Ball Weekend in Hobart 19-21 August 2022. Fabulous musicians, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt.
As part of our celebrations of 70 years of the Adelaide and Districts Branch, we will hold an afternoon workshop featuring the work of one of our founding members, John Bowie Dickson. He devised over 70 dances, many of which are popular standards to this day. Please register with the Secretary: email@example.com
CHANGE OF VENUE: Hungarian Club, Norwood. Our premier event of the year. Come and celebrate Adelaide and District Branch's 70th year! Live music provided by the talented Black Bear Duo. Tickets are available now from class teachers, or the Treasurer, or at the door (cash).
Come and Try session only $10 on Sat 14 May 2022. Followed by a program for beginners (or those returning to Scottish Country Dancing after a long break). Suitable for ages 10+. 8 weeks of 2 hour classes, on Saturdays 10 am - 12 noon. Will cover all the basics of Reel and Strathspey steps, and the most popular formations used in dances. Get fit, have fun, enjoy moving to music, make new friends. Registrations essential please: 0423 942 936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and try Scottish country dancing for FREE. Discover its origins, how it has developed and evolved over the years. No longer confined to Scotland, it has become popular in many countries throughout the world. Please register (to help us manage event numbers and catering) with the Secretary 0423 942 936 or email@example.com
Teacher : Barbara Lupton (Branch President) Classes: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (General, Beginners/Improvers) BYO lunch break: 12.30 – 1.30pm Afternoon Dancing: 1:30 – 3.30 pm Numbers are limited so please BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.
Special Meeting called to elect a Branch President for 2022. ALL RSCDS Branch MEMBERS are asked to attend to vote on the President role, and other issues for 2022. Those who cannot attend, please RSVP apologies to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Adelaide Social Club has made the difficult decision to CANCEL the planned Hogmanay Social, due to the escalating Covid-19 situation in South Australia, and in the interests of everyone's safety.
Last Branch Class for 2021 falls on St Andrew's Day, so we are offering a Social to celebrate and mark the end of the year. ALL WELCOME.
Join us for a day of learning and fun. Teacher: Jean Dodds Classes: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm BYO lunch break 12:30 – 1:30 pm Social afternoon: 1.30 – 3:30 pm Cost: RSCDS Members: $10 per session / $15 whole day Non-Members: $12 per session / $18 whole day Light refreshments offered in morning and afternoon. Registrations in to your teacher by Friday 5 November.
Calling all RSCDS Adelaide and Districts MEMBERS. Hear from your Branch President, Treasurer and Teachers' Panel about what was achieved during 2021, and what is planned for 2022. Have your say on the Committee, Membership Fees, and proposed events for 2022. Nominate to join the Committee for 2022, which needs a new Secretary, President and Liaison Officer.
NEW DATE: SUNDAY 24 October 2021 Our premier event of the year. Postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Unfortunately due to border restrictions the musicians are unable to attend. Instead we will dance to pre-recorded music. Open to spectators to enjoy the atmosphere and music. Tickets available from class teachers, or the Treasurer (Judy Noble), or at the door (cash).
12 months later than planned - better than never. Help TASCAL celebrate their 50th Anniversary Weekend in Hobart, Tasmania. A weekend full of great events.
Social to celebrate Margot's 90th birthday. $5 cash at the venue door. Please bring a small plate of supper to share – Covid 19 safe thank you: bring pre-wrapped or individual servings and tongs will also be used to serve the supper. Tea & coffee supplied.
Program for beginners (or those returning to Scottish Country Dancing after a long break). Suitable for ages 10+. 8 weeks of 2 hour lessons, on Saturdays 10 am - 12 noon. Will cover all the basics of Reel and Strathspey steps, and the most popular formations used in dances. Get fit, have fun, enjoy moving to music.
Come and try Scottish country dancing. Discover its origins, how migrants spread it across the world, and how this social dancing is still evolving. Please register using the Tickets box on this page (to help with Covid-safe event management).
Calling all budding dancers in the Mt Barker, Strathalbyn and Fleurieu regions. An evening of family fun, to try your hand (feet actually) at Scottish dancing. Easy ceilidh dances will be called on the night. Live music from @BrendanFeisMusic
Come and enjoy being taught by our Branch President, Neville Pope. Class: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm BYO lunch break 12:30 – 1:30 pm Social afternoon: 1.30 – 3:30 pm These events are suitable for dancers with some experience. Costs: RSCDS Members: $10 for a session, $15 for the whole day. non-members: $12 for a session, $18 for the whole day.
The get togethers will bring dancers from each Adelaide and Districts Class group together with representatives from the Committee, three times a year, for a discussion and sharing session, including updates, concerns, questions, ideas and suggestions, over a cuppa and some biscuits. Meeting will start at 10:15 am. Class Reps RSVP by 10 February to Treasurer, Judy Noble, email: email@example.com or Tel/text 0428683907 to assist with Covid safe planning and catering.
Adelaide Branch Class resumes weekly on Tuesday evenings on 2 February 2021. Term 1 Teacher is Noriel Tarca.
Afternoon social to honour Jean Lumsden and to bring in the new Scottish dancing year.
Carried over from last year... Come and enjoy music and dancing after the AGM. An easy social of favourite and familiar dances, to enjoy Scottish music and dance. Dances will be walked on the day. $10 RSCDS Members, $12 non-Members.
Calling all RSCDS Adelaide and Districts Members. Hear from your Branch President, Treasurer and Teachers' Panel about the year that was 2020, and what is proposed for 2021. Have your say on the 2021 Committee, Membership Fees, proposed events, or nominate to be a part of the action and join the Committee in 2021.
Teacher: Barbara Lupton. Morning workshop, followed by an afternoon of Social Dancing. Registrations close 28 Feb 2020.
6 Come and Try sessions to introduce you to Scottish Country Dancing. Thursdays 11 am - 12 noon, 27 February until 2 April 2020. Barbara Lupton will lead the sessions. No prior experience or partner required.
Afternoon social to bring in the new Scottish dancing year. Music by Elizabeth Baillie. RSCDS Members $10, others $15 (cash only at door please). Please bring some supper to share afterwards.
Tickets will be available at the door. $5 for non-members. Please bring supper to share.
St Andrew's Day afternoon social. Celebrate Scotland's big day with some dancing or delight to the live music of Telenn Tri.
All members are invited to attend and have your say. If you are a member, please consider joining the Committee in 2020.
Day of dancing at Spicer Uniting Church Hall, with a morning workshop, and afternoon of social dancing. Please register through your teacher by Fri 18/10/2019 (form below). Morning workshop: Morning tea provided. Please BYO Lunch. Afternoon Social: a small afternoon tea will be supplied after the dancing.
Day of dancing at Spicer Uniting Church Hall, with a morning workshop, and afternoon of social dancing. Registrations to your teacher by Fri 18/10/2019 (form below). Morning workshop: Morning tea provided. Please BYO Lunch. Afternoon Social: a small afternoon tea will be supplied after the dancing.
Join in the birthday celebration dance for Hilda. Please bring a small plate of supper. $5 at the door. Elizabeth at the keyboard.
Ceilidh / Easy Dance Social. All dances will be called. Ideal for those wanting to try, inexperienced or beginner dancers, and experienced dancers looking for a fun night out or to bring a friend to give it a go. Dancing suitable age 10+.
Tickets are now SOLD OUT. Please wear tartan on the night. Contact: Chris Hawkins on 0402 900 255
Adults $45, 18 and under $15, Spectators $25. Supper included. Music by Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt.
A 2 hour concert showcasing traditional music of Scotland across various regions and through the ages. Delight to the fiddle, accordion and piano. Includes 20 min interval. World class musicians: Judi Nicolson, Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser-Collins.
Our premier event of the year. Live music by Judi Nicolson, Ian Muir, and Kathy Fraser-Collins. The Ball Program and minicribs are available at http://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/22401/ or links to printable documents are below...
Workshop for musicians - how to play for Scottish Country Dancing Fiddle, Accordion, Piano Teachers: Judi Nicolson - fiddle, Ian Muir - accordion, Kathy Fraser-Collins - piano.
Celebrate the music and dancing of Scotland, to coincide with the memorial laying of a wreath to honour the Scots bard, Robert Burns.
The Melbourne & District Branch extends a warm invitation to all dancers to meet at University College, University of Melbourne, College Crescent, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria for a fun filled week of Scottish Country Dancing with great teachers and musicians.
Live music by Telenn Tri. Please bring supper to share. Children welcome, dancing from ages 10+. Members $10. Non-Members $15. Family (2 adults, 2 children) $30.
Adelaide Scottish Country Dance & Social Club Birthday Social - 49 Years Young! Tribute to Lily Davison and Yvonne Hutchinson. Please bring a small plate of supper. Cost Non-members $6. Pay at the door. Program below. Contact Lorraine on 8255 9243 for "cheat sheets".
Day of dancing at Willunga, with a morning workshop, and afternoon of social dancing. RSCDS Members: $10 half day, $15 full day. Non-Members: $12 half day, $18 full day. Teacher: Neville Pope. Morning workshop: Morning tea provided. Please BYO Lunch. Afternoon Social: a small afternoon tea will be supplied after the dancing.
The fourth Dance Tassie tour will be held in March 2019. This is a preliminary notice so you can keep the dates free. Bob McInnes (fiddle) and Jane Ellis (piano) will again enliven our dancing. Full details for the itinerary and costs are still being finalised, but the cost for all accommodation, mini-bus transport, musicians, dance nights and some meals will be under $1000 per person.
Welcome back to all dancers for our first social of 2019. Dance in air-conditioned comfort. Pay entry at the door. $10 RSCDS Members. $12 non-members. Sign up on the day and pay members' price. Please bring supper to share after the dancing.
Basic Teaching Skills Course (Unit 0) for those interested in or intending to teach classes in the future. A first step on the road to teacher qualification. Course taken by former Chair of the Society, Ms Helen Russell. 2 day course, Saturday 12/1 and Sunday 13/1/2019, 9 am - 5 pm both days. Inquiries to the President, Andrew Timmins.
Hosted by Adelaide SCD & Social Club. Popular dances, all called and/or walked. All very welcome, please bring a small plate of supper to see in the New Year. Cost $6 at the door.
Celebrate St Andrew's night with the Bydand Class, enjoying a program of tartan and placename Scottish Dances. Please bring supper to share afterwards. $5 at the door.
All members are asked to attend and have your say. If you are a member, please consider joining the Committee in 2019.
$5 at door. Please bring some supper to share.
Victor Harbor Senior Citizens invite you to a Scottish Ceilidh Night. $5.00, under 12s free. Tickets must be PRE-PURCHASED through Chris on 0405 900 255 or Colleen 0408 841 921. BYO drinks and supper to share.
Come and meet the Chair of the Society, Helen Russell, and enjoy an evening of her teaching. General class open to all dancers. $8 members. $10 non-members.
The gala event of the year for Adelaide Scottish Country Dancers. Live music by Iain Mckenzie & Emma Nixon - Black Bear Duo Light supper included. Drinks available at the bar. Tickets available now from the Secretary or through your dance teacher. $35 RSCDS Members. $45 non-members. $20 U16 / Spectators.
Stay on after the morning class, or join us in the afternoon for a social amongst the almond blossom at Willunga. $10 RSCDS Members, $12 non-Members.
Debbie Roxburgh from New Zealand is coming to us to take this Day School after teaching at the Australian Winter School. Come and enjoy a fabulous day amongst the almond blossom at Willunga. $10 RSCDS Members, $12 non-Members
Remember your Gloves. Ladies: Give your tiaras, diamonds and pearls an airing. Headscarves for Balmoral celebrations optional. Gentlemen: Polish your medals and shine your shoes. Refreshments: Please bring a plate of supper to share at the Reception to follow, and a bottle if you wish.
Stay on after the morning class, or come and join in for the afternoon social. $10 Members ($15 whole day) $12 Non-Members ($18 whole day)
Day school in the morning 10 am - 12:30 pm Bring your own lunch. Members $10 Non-Members $12
Bring a plate of supper to share.
Come and join the Adelaide Scottish Country Dance and Social Club celebrate St Andrew's Day.
For about $1 per week you can be part of a world-wide society of dancers, plus support your local teacher and Branch to continue providing you with fun, fitness and socialising through Scottish Country Dancing.
Membership fees for 2023 are due 31 January. Click on the link above to find the membership form.
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Check the RSCDS Adelaide Branch Consitution, By Laws and Risk Management policies. We ask all dancers to complete and keep in their dancing bag their Emergency Contact details, should any emergency arise during a class or event. Download a form in Policies.
Members receive a quality magazine twice a year from RSCDS Headquarters, informing about world-wide dancing activities, the work of the RSCDS Committees and dancers’ products. Dancers in South Australia can also receive a FREE quarterly newsletter called Reel Spiel, about what is happening around the Adelaide and districts Scottish Country Dancing scene. Members automatically receive this. Non members please register your contact details with firstname.lastname@example.org to receive Reel Spiel (no cost if emailed).
UPDATE JAN 2023 We encourage people to be fully vaccinated against CoVID. Please do not attend classes or events if you have an upper respiratory tract infection – cough, sneezing, sore throat etc.
This policy was ratified at the Branch's 2021 AGM. It provides guidance about dancers whose dancing abilities have lessened and who, therefore, are less able to safely participate in Scottish Country dancing.
All dancers please print out, complete the form and keep it in your dancing bag.
The Teachers' Panel decided to adopt the RSCDS Centenary "Dance Through the RSCDS Decades" selection as our Core Dances for 2023. These dances will be taught at classes and may be included on social programs and the Adelaide Annual Branch Ball.
BRANCH CLASS HOT WEATHER POLICY – 35°C OR OVER AT 6PM IN ADELAIDE ON BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY WEBSITE - CLASS WILL BE CANCELLED (Spicer UC Hall is NOT airconditioned - fans and heating only)
Taught 1991 - 2022. We fondly acknowledge Margot's tremendous contribution towards our Branch and teaching so many dancers. She will continue to dance, which we very much look forward to.
We aim to preserve and further the practice of Scottish Country Dance across Adelaide and Districts.
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We are only too happy to support Adelaide and surrounding community events by providing demonstrations of Scottish Country Dance at fairs, fetes, and celebrations.Learn More
We regularly participate in and entertain at local Scottish events, such as Robert Burns functions, St Andrew's Day, Tartan Day, and Highland Gatherings.Learn More
Want to have fun at your private function? Needing to entertain your nursing home or retirement village residents? We can get their toes tapping for a fun program of Scottish dance, watching, and also having a try with us.Learn More
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Information source about Scottish country dancing activities in Canada and the United States of America (USA).
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We dance on the Adelaide plains and Fleurieu Peninsula, and acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the traditional custodians of the land of the Adelaide Plains, and the Ngarrindjeri people are the traditional custodians of the land of the Fleurieu Peninsula. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land.