You are about to meet new friends, get fit and have fun!
WARNING!! Scottish Country Dancing can be addictive!
What is Scottish Country Dancing?
Scottish Country Dancing is a popular worldwide form of cultural dancing. You don`t have to be a Scot to be touched by the magic of the dance. The dances are danced in sets, normally of three or four couples, and danced a number of times through so everyone has a turn at each position.
What about the music?
Scottish Country Dancing is accompanied by uplifting, rhythmic Celtic music, usually played by a band with accordion, drums, fiddle, and keyboard. From the first chord to the final bow or curtsey, dancers are inspired by the driving reels, jaunty jigs, snappy strathspeys or lilting slow airs.
What will I learn?
When you attend a class you will find that all dances are walked through beforehand so you can concentrate on learning how to do everything else first. This learning involves how to dance the various types of steps, and the names and shapes of the different types of formations.
I need to get fit!
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. 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.
What should I wear?
No special clothing is needed but loose comfortable clothing is advised as classes are very active! Dancing shoes are not essential for beginners, shoes with soft, flexible soles work well. After a few classes you might wish to purchase dance shoes. Gillies are traditional for males and ballet training shoes for females. Kilts aren’t needed but always welcome!
Do I need a partner?
You do not have to bring a partner, it is usual for dancers to take a new partner for each dance. This adds to the friendly aspect of the dance and also gives you the opportunity to meet and dance with lots of people. Scottish Country Dancing is an easy way to keep active while connecting with new people and making friends.
Am I too old or young to start?
As long as you are willing to have a good time, there is no restriction on age. Dancers of all ages attend our classes and we also have dedicated Youth and Seniors classes.
Are the classes expensive?
Classes in the Calgary area usually range in price from $8 to $10 for 2 hours and some classes are free!
Do you just offer classes?
We have many events in the Calgary area that feature Scottish Country Dancing. From casual ceilidhs to formal balls you will have the chance to use your new skills to participate in a large number of cultural occasions in Calgary, Alberta and beyond!
This sounds fun! Where do I sign up?
There are more than 165 branches throughout the World and all of them provide classes. If you are looking to dance in Calgary, please click on our classes page. Our events page will let you know about upcoming events in the Calgary area, and beyond!
We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts funding and Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission casino funding.