Dance Scottish

Adelaide, South Australia

There are shortcuts to happiness, and one of them is DANCING

2021 ADELAIDE BALL

Contact


  • 44a Fourth Avenue, Saint Peters SA, Australia (Branch Class)
  • PO Box 508, North Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5006

About


Scottish country dance is social dancing for all ages and a wide range of fitness levels.
  • Fun for all ages
  • Exercises your body and mind
  • Provides friendship
  • Great music
  • No partner needed.
It is usually danced in groups of two, three or four couples, facing each other in lines or squares.

It has its roots in the Highland Reels of Scotland and the 17th century dances of Europe. Together with its English counterpart, Scottish country dance has helped to spawn ceilidh dancing, contra and square dancing.

It is a dance for the ballroom, dance hall, village square or local inn. It has been popular amongst gentry, royalty and the common folk for well over 200 years.

In Adelaide we dance Scottish in schools and church halls, clubs and pubs, as well as each other’s back yards and lounge rooms.

There are well over 15,000 documented Scottish country dances and the list is constantly growing.  Many of these are listed and detailed in the Strathspey Server Dance Database.


Benefits of Scottish dancing - Fitness, Fun, Friends


 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."

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 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."

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 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."

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Classes


Dance Scottish Classes

Classes across Adelaide and Districts are following Covid-19 guidelines 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. Classes will start winding up for the year, so please check with the teacher for EOY breakup arrangements.

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Adelaide Branch

Tuesdays 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm. Final Night 30/11/2021. Spicer Uniting Church, 44A Fourth Ave, St Peters Members and non-members welcome. $10 per class. Term 4 teacher is Noriel Tarca.

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Adelaide Social Club

Thursdays 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm. Final night Thurs 16/12/2021. St Theodore’s Anglican Church Hall, Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens

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Adelaide Social Club

Saturdays 7.30 pm - 9:30 pm. Final Class for 2021 Sat 18/12. St Theodore’s Anglican Church Hall, Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens.

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Burnside

Mondays 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Final night Monday 13/12/2021. 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.

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Burnside

Wednesdays 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm. Final night 1/12/2021. 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.

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Bydand

Fridays 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm. Final night Friday 3/12/2021. St Margaret’s Church Hall, cnr Port and Woodville Roads, Woodville. This venue is airconditioned.

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Collinswood Dancers

Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am. Last Class for 2021 Wed 8/12. The Druids Hall, Cassie St, Collinswood. This venue is airconditioned.

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Fleurieu Scottish Dancers

Mondays 4 - 6 pm: School terms only. Final Class 13/12/2021 Pioneer Hall at Middleton

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Hebridean Dancers

Wednesdays 11 am - 12:30 pm Westbourne Park Uniting Church, 27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA 5062.

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Events


  •  25/09/2022 10:00 - 02/10/2022 11:00
  •   Muresk WA, Australia

Postponed from 2020 the WA Branch is now planning to hold the next Australian Winter School in September 2022. Stay tuned for details.

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  •  30/11/2021 20:00 - 30/11/2021 21:30
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall

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.

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  • AU$15
  •  20/11/2021 10:00 - 20/11/2021 15:30
  •   44A Fourth Avenue, St Peters SA, Australia

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.

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  •  16/11/2021 20:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, 44a Fourth Avenue, ST PETERS

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.

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  • AU$30
  •  24/10/2021 15:00 - 24/10/2021 18:30
  •   Estonian Hall, 200 Jeffcott Street NORTH ADELAIDE

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).

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  • AU$65
  •  03/09/2021 06:00 - 06/09/2021 15:30
  •   Hobart Tasmania, Australia

12 months later than planned - better than never. Help TASCAL celebrate their 50th Anniversary Weekend in Hobart, Tasmania. A weekend full of great events.

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  • AU$5
  •  05/06/2021 19:30 - 05/06/2021 22:00
  •   St Theodore's Anglican Church, Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens SA, Australia

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.

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  • AU$10.00
  •  29/05/2021 10:00 - 10/07/2021 12:00
  •   44A Fourth Avenue, Saint Peters SA, Australia

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.

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  • AU$0.00
  •  09/05/2021 14:00 - 09/05/2021 16:00
  •   103C Princes Road, Mitcham SA, Australia

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).

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  • AU$10.00
  •  27/03/2021 19:30 - 27/03/2021 22:00
  •   34 Gawler Street, Mount Barker SA, Australia

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

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  • AU$15
  •  13/03/2021 10:00 - 13/03/2021 15:30
  •   Uniting Church Hall, 27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA, Australia

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.

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  •  12/02/2021 10:00 - 12/02/2021 11:45
  •   103C Princes Road, Mitcham SA, Australia

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: treasurer@rscdsadelaide.org.au or Tel/text 0428683907 to assist with Covid safe planning and catering.

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  •  02/02/2021 20:00 - 02/02/2021 21:30
  •   44A Fourth Avenue, Saint Peters SA, Australia

Adelaide Branch Class resumes weekly on Tuesday evenings on 2 February 2021. Term 1 Teacher is Noriel Tarca.

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  • AU$10
  •  30/01/2021 14:00 - 30/01/2021 16:00
  •   Cassie Street, Collinswood SA, Australia

Afternoon social to honour Jean Lumsden and to bring in the new Scottish dancing year.

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  • AU$10
  •  10/01/2021 14:00 - 10/01/2021 16:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, 44a Fourth Avenue, ST PETERS

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.

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  •  10/01/2021 13:00 - 10/01/2021 14:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, 44a Fourth Avenue, ST PETERS

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.

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  •  07/03/2020 10:00 - 07/03/2020 15:30
  •   Uniting Church Hall, 27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA, Australia

Teacher: Barbara Lupton. Morning workshop, followed by an afternoon of Social Dancing. Registrations close 28 Feb 2020.

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  • AU$5
  •  27/02/2020 11:00 - 02/04/2020 11:00
  •   6 Zanoni Crescent, Surrey Downs SA, Australia

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.

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  • AU$10
  •  01/02/2020 13:30 - 01/02/2020 16:00
  •   St. Margaret's Anglican Church Hall, corner Port Road and Woodville Road, Woodville 5011

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.

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  •  31/12/2019 20:30 - 01/01/2020 00:00
  •   46 Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens SA, Australia

Tickets will be available at the door. $5 for non-members. Please bring supper to share.

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  •  28/12/2019 00:00 - 06/01/2020 00:00
  •   Cambridge, New Zealand

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  • AU$10
  •  30/11/2019 13:30 - 30/11/2019 15:30
  •   Masonic Hall Payneham

St Andrew's Day afternoon social. Celebrate Scotland's big day with some dancing or delight to the live music of Telenn Tri.

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  •  19/11/2019 20:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, Fourth Avenue ST PETERS

All members are invited to attend and have your say. If you are a member, please consider joining the Committee in 2020.

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  • AU$10
  •  02/11/2019 13:30 - 02/11/2019 15:30
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, 44a Fourth Avenue, St Peters

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.

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  • AU$10
  •  02/11/2019 10:00 - 02/11/2019 12:30
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, 44a Fourth Avenue, St Peters

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.

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  •  12/10/2019 19:30
  •   Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

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  • AU$5
  •  28/09/2019 19:30 - 28/09/2019 22:00
  •   St Theodore's Anglican Church Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens SA, Australia

Join in the birthday celebration dance for Hilda. Please bring a small plate of supper. $5 at the door. Elizabeth at the keyboard.

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  • AU$10
  •  21/09/2019 19:30 - 21/09/2019 22:00
  •   103C Princes Road, Mitcham SA, Australia

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+.

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  •  14/09/2019 19:00 - 14/09/2019 22:30
  •   Carrickalinga House, Hill St, Victor Harbor

Tickets are now SOLD OUT. Please wear tartan on the night. Contact: Chris Hawkins on 0402 900 255

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  •  17/08/2019 19:00 - 17/08/2019 23:30
  •   Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS, Australia

Adults $45, 18 and under $15, Spectators $25. Supper included. Music by Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt.

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  • AU$40
  •  21/07/2019 14:00 - 21/07/2019 16:00
  •   Estonian Hall, 200 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide

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.

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  • AU$35
  •  20/07/2019 19:30
  •   Estonian Hall, 200 Jeffcott Street NORTH ADELAIDE

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...

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  • AU$60
  •  20/07/2019 13:30 - 20/07/2019 16:30
  •   Estonian Hall, 200 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide

Workshop for musicians - how to play for Scottish Country Dancing Fiddle, Accordion, Piano Teachers: Judi Nicolson - fiddle, Ian Muir - accordion, Kathy Fraser-Collins - piano.

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  •  20/07/2019 13:00 - 21/07/2019 16:30
  •   Estonian Hall North Adelaide

Celebrate the music and dancing of Scotland, to coincide with the memorial laying of a wreath to honour the Scots bard, Robert Burns.

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  •  14/07/2019 00:00 - 11/08/2019 00:00
  •   St Andrews, Scotland, UK

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  •  07/07/2019 14:00 - 14/07/2019 00:00
  •   University College, University of Melbourne, College Crescent, PARKVILLE VIC

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.

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  •  22/06/2019 19:30
  •   tbc

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  • AU$10
  •  22/06/2019 19:30 - 22/06/2019 22:00
  •   103C Princes Road, Mitcham SA, Australia

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.

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  • AU$6
  •  18/05/2019 19:30
  •   Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens SA, Australia

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".

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  • AU$15
  •  04/05/2019 10:00 - 04/05/2019 16:00
  •   33 St Andrews Terrace, Willunga SA, Australia

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.

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  • AU$1000
  •  22/03/2019 00:00 - 31/03/2019 00:01
  •   Tasmania, Australia

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.

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  • AU$10
  •  02/02/2019 13:30
  •   St Margaret's Anglican Church Hall Woodville

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.

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  • AU$75
  •  12/01/2019 09:00 - 13/01/2019 17:00
  •   Mitcham Old School Hall, cnr of Belair & Grange Roads Mitcham

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.

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  • AU$6
  •  31/12/2018 20:30 - 01/01/2019 00:05
  •   St Theodore's Church Hall, 46 Prescott Terrace Toorak Gardens

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.

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  • AU$5.00
  •  30/11/2018 19:30 - 30/11/2018 21:30
  •   St Margaret's Church Hall, cnr Port Road and Woodville Road, WOODVILLE

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.

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  •  20/11/2018 20:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, Fourth Avenue ST PETERS

All members are asked to attend and have your say. If you are a member, please consider joining the Committee in 2019.

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  • AU$5.00
  •  10/11/2018 19:30
  •   Saint Theodore's Anglican Church Hall, Prescott Terrace, Toorak Gardens

$5 at door. Please bring some supper to share.

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  • AU$5.00
  •  29/09/2018 19:00 - 29/09/2018 22:00
  •   Carrackalinga House, Hill Street Victor Harbor

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.

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  • AU$8.00
  •  25/09/2018 20:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, 44a Fourth Avenue, ST PETERS

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.

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  • AU$35
  •  08/09/2018 19:30 - 08/09/2018 23:30
  •   Estonian Hall, 200 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide

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.

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  • AU$12
  •  21/07/2018 13:30 - 21/07/2018 16:30
  •   Willunga Show Hall, Main Road, Willunga

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.

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  • AU$12
  •  21/07/2018 10:00 - 21/07/2018 12:30
  •   Willunga Show Hall, Main Road, Willunga

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

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  • AU$10
  •  18/05/2018 19:30
  •   St Margaret's Anglican Church Woodville

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.

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  • AU$12
  •  14/04/2018 13:30
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, Fourth Avenue, St Peters

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)

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  • AU$12
  •  14/04/2018 10:00
  •   Spicer Uniting Church Hall, Fourth Avenue, St Peters

Day school in the morning 10 am - 12:30 pm Bring your own lunch. Members $10 Non-Members $12

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  •  03/02/2018 13:30 - 03/02/2018 16:00
  •   St Margaret’s Anglican Church Hall, Woodville.

Bring a plate of supper to share.

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  • AU$10
  •  25/11/2017 19:30
  •   St Theodore's Anglican Church Hall, Prescott Terrace, TOORAK GARDENS

Come and join the Adelaide Scottish Country Dance and Social Club celebrate St Andrew's Day.

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F.A.Q


Do I have to sign up for a series of classes?

No.  You can attend classes whenever you like.

When you take up Scottish Country Dancing, as with all things, the more often you do it, the quicker you will remember things and improve. We recommend to attend a class regularly for at least 6-8 weeks to cover the basics.

But you do not have to sign up to classes by the Term, as attendance can be casual.  Most classes cost about the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Do I need to wear a kilt or special clothing to dance Scottish?

No.

Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable that you can move in.

Many men wear trousers to regular classes but choose to wear a kilt to special occasions, ceilidhs and socials.

Women can wear trousers or skirts or dresses, depending on what they feel most comfortable in.

Most dancers wear some layers so as they warm up they can stay comfortable, and they also bring water with them to drink.

What about shoes?

Some dancers (usually Reelers or Ceilidh dancers) dance in their street shoes as people would have done centuries ago.

These days, most regular dancers find it more comfortable to wear dance shoes, be they ballet shoes, practice sneakers, jazz shoes, Scottish pumps or ghillies. It all depends on your preference and budget.

Ask your class teacher or fellow dancers for some recommendations.

Do I have to stick with one teacher or class?

You can dance as often as you would like, depending on when you are available and when a suitable class is offered.

If you wish, you might want to dance several times a week, with different teachers, at different locations.

Adelaide Branch Class is ideal for this as you will have the chance to learn from a variety of teachers throughout the year.

Do I have to have danced before?

NO.  
Previous dancing experience like ballroom, ballet, bush or folk dancing etc may mean you pick things up more quickly, but you definitely do not need any prior experience.

It is more important that you enjoy moving to music and dancing with a variety of people, as it is social dancing with different partners throughout the class.

Do I need a dance partner?

No.  You are most welcome to come along with a friend or partner, but that is certainly not necessary.  

In fact, Scottish Country Dancing is a great way to meet new friends as you will have an opportunity to dance with a variety of people at each class or at any event.

What about socials or ceilidhs?

We welcome people to come and give Scottish Country Dancing a try at our events.  Usually, the dances will be walked once at Socials to give you a chance to familiarise yourself, or called at Ceilidhs.

If you have absolutely no experience of SCD, you are still welcome to come along and watch (and maybe a more experienced dancer will help you through the more simple dances).

The Annual Adelaide Branch Ball is for regular and more experienced dancers who have learnt and practiced the Ball dances throughout the year at their classes.  However, spectators are also most welcome to enjoy the music and atmosphere of the Ball.

Do I have to join the RSCDS Adelaide Branch?

You can come along to classes and do Scottish Country Dance without joining the Adelaide Branch of the Society.

However, there are many benefits to being a member of the Adelaide Branch, especially if you dance regularly.  We'd love you to join our Branch and help support SCD into the future.

Can I dance Scottish all year round?

Scottish Country Dancing is fabulous for all seasons, being an inside activity. Most classes take a break during the summer holiday season, usually from mid-December to mid-January.  How long each class takes a break varies, so check with your teacher.

Many venues are air-conditioned so the heat or cold does not greatly impact on dancers.  Check with the class teacher about whether their venue is air-conditioned.

What kind of music do we dance Scottish to?

Scottish country dances include reels (including hornpipes), jigs, and strathspeys according to the type of music to which they are danced. The first two types (also called quick-time dances) feature fast tempos, quick movements and a lively feel. The third type (strathspey) has a much slower tempo and a more elegant style.

The tunes are played on the fiddle, accordion, flute, piano, drums, etc. (no bagpipes, mostly!). For an idea of the music we dance to, check out the Scottish Tunes page.

Still have a question?

Please contact our Secretary on secretary@rscdsadelaide.org.au  or our Liaison Officer on svincin@gmail.com

Or follow our Facebook page to check out our events and opportunities for beginners, visitors or regular dancers. 

For Dancers...


Core Dances for 2021

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.

Keeping you safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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.

Adelaide Branch


The first Branch in Australia - Adelaide
On 29 June 1952 Mr W J Rattray wrote to the RSCDS Secretary in Scotland proposing the formation of a properly consitituted RSCDS Branch in Adelaide. The Branch was duly approved by the RSCDS Executive Council on 30 July 1952, and confirmed by letter dated 5 August 1952 from the then Secretary, Miss Muriel F Hadden. Adelaide was the first RSCDS Branch within Australia, holding its first meeting on 7 August 1952 in Woodville RSL Hall.

Key people in forming the Adelaide Branch were:

  • Mr W J Rattray.
  • Mr K and Mrs M Goldie. Mr Goldie was elected as initial President of the Branch. Mrs Goldie was the initial Branch teacher.
  • Mr and Mrs Dickson
  • Mrs S Rattray, who was elected as initial Secretary of the Branch.

Mr John Rattray


Mr and Mrs Goldie

The Adelaide Branch will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2022.
Adelaide Branch

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 Your Membership - Benefits and Investment

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.

 Policies

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.

 Newsletter

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.

Teachers - Adelaide


Jean Dodds

Teacher

Teaching since 1988

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Barbara Lupton

Teacher

Teaching since 1991

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Margot Mernitz

Teacher

Teaching since 1991

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Noriel Tarca

Teacher

Teaching since 1986

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Vale Jean Lumsden

Passed away 10 May 2020. A social in honour of her memory will be held Sat 30 January 2021.

Committee - Adelaide


Adelaide and Districts Branch 2021

The Committee's main aim is to preserve and further the practice of Scottish Country Dance across Adelaide and Districts.

Membership of the Committee is open to financial members of the Adelaide and Districts Branch, through nomination. Your 2022 Committee will be elected at the AGM on 16 Nov 2021.

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Neville Pope

President

Anna Grant - Henderson

Secretary

Judy Noble

Treasurer

Sharon Vincin

Web and Social Media Editor, Liaison Officer

Dorothy Bagnall

Member

Pamela Cook

Member

Rosemary Fotheringham

Member

Roy Hetherington

Vice-President

Jean Dodds

Chair, Teachers' Panel

Performances


We love being part of South Australia's rich multicultural tapestry and sharing our Scottish heritage with everyone. We are available to dance Scottish for performances, demonstrations and 'come and try' sessions

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Community Events

We are only too happy to support Adelaide and surrounding community events by providing demonstrations of Scottish Country Dance at fairs, fetes, and celebrations.

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Supporting Scottish Events

We regularly participate in and entertain at local Scottish events, such as Robert Burns functions, St Andrew's Day, Tartan Day, and Highland Gatherings.

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Social Entertainment

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.

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RSCDS


RSCDS
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) is a registered Scottish Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee (Charity No. SC 016085; Company No. SC480530), dedicated to promoting Scottish Country Dance. The Society exists to promote and develop Scottish country dancing worldwide for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Branches (also known as Local Associations) are independent, autonomous bodies that operate under a Licence Agreement with the Society. Branches and Affiliated Groups are the “grass roots” organisations that run classes, provide training and host social events at a local level in their own areas.

Members of the RSCDS, through the Branches, appoint delegates to represent them at the Society’s General Meetings.

RSCDS Membership

There are many reasons to join the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, but most become members because it is a fun, enjoyable way to keep active and socialise with people from around the world!

Anyone can join the RSCDS.

Active dancers and anyone who is interested are encouraged to join through one of the Society's 160+ Branches worldwide (either the local Adelaide branch, International Branch or Youth Branch) so that you are in touch with what is happening in your local area or wider.

Discover all the benefits of membership and learn more about the Society through the Membership Brochure.

History of the Society - RSCDS

In the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, as the waltz and other ballroom and sequence dancing became popular, Scottish Country Dancing fell from favour.  It was rescued by Dr Jean Milligan and Mrs Ysobel Stewart, the joint founder members in 1923 of what eventually became the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

The RSCDS researched old dance publications, published authoritative dance descriptions and undertook to train teachers; later, it helped members to set up RSCDS Branches and accepted independent Scottish Country Dance clubs as affiliated societies.

Subsequently, many devisers have published new dances, sometimes on their own account and sometimes under the aegis of the RSCDS, using the more basic Figures of the old répertoire together with newly devised Figures.  There are now 51 books of dances published by the Society.

RSCDS Australia
Putting you in touch with groups around Australia.

RSCDS New Zealand
Information about Scottish Country Dancing in NZ.

Links and Resources


 The Strathspey Server

Discussion group, with a wealth of SCD information and links

 Dance Data

Largest SCD database on the web – contains comprehensive information on dances, formations, people, publications, albums, recordings, and tunes.

St Andrew's Shoes

Supplier of Scottish Dancing Shoes, based in Brisbane, Qld

Grand Chain

The Edinburgh Scottish Dance Resource

 The Celtic Circle

Scottish Country Dance in Continental Europe

 The Inter-City Scot

Information source about Scottish country dancing activities in Canada and the United States of America (USA).

Teachers' Association Canada TAC

Serving Scottish Dance teachers for over 50 years, and continue to grow and evolve

South Australian Scottish Resources

Groups, societies and businesses supporting Scottish culture across South Australia

Some Scottish Tunes


Acknowledgement


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. 

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