Taking part – getting started & beyond?

Getting started

Most Scottish Country Dancing Clubs offer some form of training to help you get started. Of course, we hope that you will want to join us; we think we have much to offer the complete beginner. We hold courses of beginner’s classes every Tuesday evening as part of our Social Dancing Programme.  Most folk start in September, but another course often commences after our Highland Ball in February. From 8:15 pm, you will learn steps, formations and a dance before joining other club members in the main hall for refreshments. The first dance after refreshments is always the one you have just learned and you can be sure that an experienced dancer will ask you to dance and help you through it. Initially, we suggest you call it a day after that, but soon, as you become more experienced and confident from our progressive course, you will want to stay for the rest of the evening sure in the knowledge that the new friends you have made will help you through any dances you don’t know.

What you will need

Apart from your enthusiasm and a sense of fun, a pair of soft shoes will do to begin with; later you can invest in a pair of dancing shoes. Ladies may find it easier to dance in a skirt. Men, once they decide it’s for them, may want to acquire a kilt. We welcome new dancers either on their own, with a friend (or two, or three!) or as a couple.

What it costs

Your first beginner’s lesson is free; you need to see if you’re going to like it. After that there is a small charge of £4 per lesson, with discounts if you decide to pay by the term.

Once you’re into it!

As well as social dancing every Tuesday there are a number of more formal dances organised by the club, including our Highland Ball each February. There is a ceilidh at Christmas time, Burns Night (of course) and during the summer there are Garden Dances. To help you progress, there are intermediate and advanced classes as well as a Day School in September. Many members also attend the dances of other clubs and societies locally, nationally and even internationally.

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