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Scottish Country Dancing
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Scottish Country Dancing FAQ.

What is Scottish Country Dancing?

Scottish Country Dancing is done is a set of 6 or 8 people, normally with the ladies on one side facing the men on the other (the word country is an adaptation of the word contra). There are three main tempos, reel, jig and strathspey. Strathspey time is a slower time and is unique to Scottish Dancing.

Is Scottish Country Dancing the same as ceilidh dancing?

Scottish ceilidh dancing would be similar to the reels and jigs of Scottish Country Dancing. Ceilidh dances tend to be simpler and performing the proper steps is not so important.

Where can I do Scottish Country Dancing in Northern Ireland?

There are classes and groups throughout the north of Ireland. There is a google map which pin-points the ones that are known to us at ScottishDancing.org.

What is the Scottish Country Dancing season?

Dancing mainly takes place from September to May although there are events taking place over the summer months.

How much does it cost?

On average classes & workshops cost between £2.00 & £5.00 per night. Some classes can be paid for on a nightly basis whereas others need to have the class fee paid at the beginning of the year. Events cost between £5.00 & £30.00 depending on the type.

Do I need a partner?

No. You can come along by yourself, with a partner or in a group. Although you dance with a partner there are always enough friendly people to dance with.

Do I need special shoes?

Any soft shoes (e.g. light trainers) can be worn to start with. If you intend to continue dancing then you really need proper dancing shoes. There are links on the website to suppliers.

Do I need special clothing?

No. Any light clothing that facilitates movement can be worn. There is no dress code at classes and workshops. Some events are formal (e.g. An annual ball) where formal clothing is required.

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This page was last updated on: 22nd January 2019