What is Scottish Country Dance?
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), based in Edinburgh, was founded in 1923 to preserve this joyful social dance tradition. The title "Royal" was conferred upon the Society in 1951. Scottish Country Dance has spread all over the world while the headquarters is still in Edinburgh.
In the San Francisco Bay region, Scottish dance music is performed live at parties and in some classes. It is provided by a fiddle and piano or by a whole band. Dance tempos vary from lively jigs, hornpipes and reels, to the elegant, slower strathspeys. The strathspey music and dance are unique to Scottish Country Dance.
Scottish Country Dancing is demonstrated at Scottish Games & Gatherings and at many other fairs and events. Audience participation dances are often offered to give the uninitiated a chance to dance.
The San Francisco Branch of the RSCDS sponsors classes, social dances and formal balls throughout the Bay Area. The San Jose Scottish Country Dance Class is affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, San Francisco Branch.
If you are interested in trying Scottish Country Dancing, come to our class on Monday evenings. Come by yourself or with a partner or friend. You need not be Scottish to enjoy the fun.
Sessions for new beginners start every September in most locations.