What is Scottish country dancing (SCD)?
SCD is a form of social dancing, danced by groups of 3, 4 or 5 couples called sets
Is Scottish country dancing (SCD) the same as Highland dancing?
SCD can include some of the features of highland dancing, but it is social whereas highland dancing is usually solo. SCD is not competitive
Is Scottish country dancing (SCD) the same as ceilidh dancing?
Again, SCD has some features in common with ceilidh dancing, but SCD is more precise in footwork and formations. Scottish country dancers enthusiastically participate in ceilidh dancing and there is a ceilidh club that meets monthly in Auckland. Ceilidh dances are usually guided by a caller, the word ‘ceilidh’ is derived from the word for ‘party’
What is the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)?
The RSCDS is a worldwide organisation of over 20,000 members. It is administered from headquarters in Edinburgh and through a worldwide network of branches and affiliated groups. The Society exists to promote and develop Scottish country dancing worldwide for the benefit of present and future generations. It is responsible for training and certificating teachers through a rigorous educational programme. New Zealand has a nationwide branch of the RSCDS of which Auckland is a Region.
Where can I learn to dance?
The Innes Club runs beginners classes from time to time. Contact the club for further details. The skills learned can be honed by regular attendance at club nights and supplemented by classes run by the Auckland Region. All of this will assist your progress, but you can learn simply by attending regular club nights
What about the music?
Music is an integral part of SCD, from driving reels to jaunty jigs and the smooth strathspey, which is unique to Scotland. On regular club nights, we draw on a large collection of recorded music, which usually features some combination of accordion, fiddle and piano. Club dances, both our own and those of other clubs, often feature the music of local or overseas musicians
Do I have to come with a partner?
No, that is not necessary, It is common practice to dance with different partners during a night of dancing
Do I need to wear special clothes?
For club nights, everyday comfortable clothes are fine. For club dances and special events, dressier clothes are in order, but there is no requirement for men to wear a kilt. Of course, as you progress you may find that you want to wear a kilt! The most important items are shoes. For beginners, any soft-soled shoes will do and we can offer guidance about where to purchase the dancing shoes you will see other dancers wearing
Do I have to be Scottish to do Scottish country dancing (SCD)?
No, anyone can enjoy SCD. There are dancing groups around the world. In fact, there are more people doing SCD outside Scotland than in it. It is great exercise for the body and the brain
Is there an age limit?
No. It is good physical and mental exercise for all ages
How often do I have to come?
The more regularly you attend, the more quickly your skills develop, but attendance is not compulsory
Do I have to start on a certain night?
We always welcome newcomers, and the first night is free. You will progress more rapidly and it is less stressful if you can attend beginners classes, at club and/or region level
Do I have to have previous experience?
No experience is necessary. It is quite normal to feel a bit overwhelmed at first as you try and coordinate hands, feet, formations and music, but experienced dancers are there to help
Do I need to let you know I am coming?
Not really, but please feel free to contact us with any questions
I can’t come on Monday night, is there an alternative?
There are clubs around Auckland who meet Monday to Thursday evenings and some afternoons. Ask us for contact information, or check out the Auckland Region website