What is Scottish Country Dancing?

SCD has developed from courtly dancing, the Contre-Dance, and was very popular in England and Scotland in the 18. Century. The modern form of SCD combines dances from traditional sources (old manuscripts and dance collections) with newly written dances. The fusion of tradition and new ideas constitutes the charm of SCD.

SCD involves 6-10 people (of usually mixed sex) – a set – dancing to the driving strain of Scottish reels, jigs and strathpeys, played on fiddle, accordion, flute, piano etc. (usually no bagpipes). There are about two dozen basic figures, but every dance has its own choreography which makes the dance unique and fun. Steps and figures of the dances are standardized by the RSCDS (Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society), so that they are danced the same way all over the world. The figures as well as the basic steps needed for dancing can be acquired easily during a weekend-workshop or by attending a group regularly.

SCD is a social form of dancing because you get to dance with several people and smiles and eye contact are mandatory, flirts allowed. Beyond that there are workshops, social dances and balls all over Germany and worldwide. It’s nice to travel, be welcomed to an evening’s dancing and meet new friends.

Team-spirit, pleasure and enjoyment are the basic ingredients of SCD