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
Classes across Adelaide and Districts were suspended during South Australia's recent 7 day lockdown. Covid-19 guidelines are being followed to keep all of our dancing community safe, meaning that any classes must comply with their venue's Covid Safe Plan and meet indoor fitness density requirements of 1 person per 4 sq metres.Learn More
Tuesdays 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm. Spicer Uniting Church, 44A Fourth Ave, St Peters Members and non-members welcome. $10 per class. Term 3 teacher is Barbara Lupton.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. 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 - 6 pm: School terms only. Pioneer Hall at MiddletonLearn More
Fridays 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm. Spicer Uniting Church, 44A, Fourth Ave, St Peters. This class is suspended until October whilst the teacher is away.Learn More
Wednesdays 11 am - 12:30 pm Westbourne Park Uniting Church, 27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA 5062.Learn More
Mondays 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm Victor Harbor Senior Citizens Club. “Carrackalinga House”, cnr Torrens St and Hill St, Victor HarborLearn More
NEW DATE: SUNDAY 24 October 2021 Our premier event of the year. Postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Live musicians: Black Bear Duo (Iain Mckenzie & Emma Nixon. Open to spectators to enjoy the atmosphere and music. Tickets will be available from class teachers, or the Treasurer (Judy Noble).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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".Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The following dances have been selected as Core Dances for 2021. These dances will be taught at classes and may be included on social programs and the Adelaide Annual Branch Ball.
UPDATE 23/09/2021 Restrictions eased in South Australia on 28 July 2021, following the July lock down, allowing Scottish Country Dance classes to resume. Restrictions have further eased on 22 September 2021 to allow dancing at a private function and private activity where up to 150 people are present. However, it is capped at 50 people dancing at any given time. There is no requirement to wear a mask. Dancing is not permitted at nightclubs or relevant licensed premises except for when hosting a private function. 150 person maximum and cap of 50 people dancing at any given time applies. All classes will have their own Covid-Safe Plans available to view and a Covid Marshal to ensure that the plan is followed for each venue. Each plan is regularly updated to reflect advice from the SA Government. Remember that you should NOT attend any class if you are feeling unwell, for any reason, or whilst isolating awaiting a result for a Covid-19 test.
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.
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 quarterly newsletter called Reel Spiel, about what is happening around the Adelaide and districts Scottish Country Dancing scene. Members also receive a quality magazine twice a year from RSCDS Headquarters, informing about world-wide dancing activities, the work of the Committees and dancers’ products.
We preserve and further the practice of traditional Scottish Country Dance
Membership of the Committee is open to financial members of the Adelaide and Districts Branch, through nomination on an appropriate form. Your 2021 Committee has just been elected.
Web and Social Media Editor
Chair, Teachers' Panel
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
Discussion group, with a wealth of SCD information and links
Largest SCD database on the web – contains comprehensive information on dances, formations, people, publications, albums, recordings, and tunes.
Supplier of Scottish Dancing Shoes, based in Brisbane, Qld
The Edinburgh Scottish Dance Resource
Scottish Country Dance in Continental Europe
Information source about Scottish country dancing activities in Canada and the United States of America (USA).
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Groups, societies and businesses supporting Scottish culture across South Australia
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.