Would you like to dance jigs, reels and strathspeys to irresistible music? Scottish Country Dancing is the ballroom or social dancing of Scotland. 

You don’t need to be a Scot to enjoy this lively, social type of dancing that has been popular in Scotland for centuries, and is now practiced throughout the world by people of all races and nationalities. 

What is Scottish Country Dance?

It is suitable for men, women and children of all ages, usually done in teams typically of 3, 4, or 5 couples arranged either in two lines (men facing ladies) or in a square, working together to dance a sequence of formations.

This leaves the dancers in a new order, and the dance is repeated enough times to bring them back to their starting positions, with everyone dancing each position in turn.

Is it like the Highland Fling?

Scottish Country Dancing should not be confused with Highland dances like the Fling, which is a solo dance for competition or display. 

You don’t need to bring a partner to enjoy dancing with us at our classes or our social events. SCD is mainly danced socially, for pure pleasure.

Where can I dance?

There are groups across metropolitan Melbourne and country Victoria, so there is sure to be a group near you with classes and a great variety of social dances.  A list of the Groups in Melbourne and country Victoria is listed on the Groups page and information about their socials on the Group Events page.

The Melbourne Branch coordinates a number of classes and social events throughout the year. Details of these are found on the Branch Events and Classes page.

We hope to see you soon!




2019 marks 50 years since the formation of the Melbourne and District Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and members were asked to devise dances to mark this auspicious occasion.

The resulting book – ‘A Melbourne Miscellany’ contains thirty - one dances.  Thanks to David South, the musical notations for original tunes for all the dances published in 'A Melbourne Miscellany' are now available to be downloaded from this website.  Matthew Robertson composed the original tune for 'The Golden Age Strathspey', Cam Vincent composed the tunes for his dances and David South composed, or arranged traditional, tunes for the remainder. The Melbourne and District Branch recommends using these tunes by local composers/musicians as an alternative to the suggested music whenever live music is available. 

Copies of the book are available from Sunday 7 July 2019.  The cost will be $10 a copy, but bulk purchases – 10+ copies – will attract a discount.

Frances Wallace (co-ordinator)  drywall@optusnet.com.au