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
Class will recommence Tues 7/2/2023. Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Spicer Uniting Church, 44A Fourth Ave, St Peters Members and non-members welcome. $10 per class.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 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.
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.
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
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
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).
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel/text 0428683907 to assist with Covid safe planning and catering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
We aim to preserve and further the practice of Scottish Country Dance across Adelaide and Districts.
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Rep to SA Scottish Associations
Chair, Teachers' Panel (ex officio)
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.