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
.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 inital Secretary of the Branch.
Mr John Rattray
Mr and Mrs Goldie