RSCDS Melbourne and District Branch Inc

The home of Scottish Country Dancing in Melbourne and Country Victoria

We have never experienced a time like this. We support the decisions that have been taken to save lives, but it is very frustrating not to be coming together to enjoy Scottish dance and music. To help cheer us up and look forward to the time we can dance again, the RSCDS (in Scotland) is issuing this newsletter, hopefully weekly, to its members and anyone in the SCD community. It will develop and improve as time goes on and as we respond to what you would like to see and read. Our aim is to have articles, music, games, podcasts and even online classes that will entertain and connect us with our dancing friends across the globe.

The first edition of the newsletter can be accessed here: Dance Scottish at Home


Would you like to dance jigs, reels and strathspeys to irresistible music? Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) 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 practised 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, and information about their classes, is listed on the Groups page and information about their socials on the Events page.

The Melbourne & District Branch is affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), a worldwide organisation which promotes and develops Scottish Country Dance and Music. We draw our members from the various groups around Melbourne and Country Victoria. We coordinate a number of classes and social events throughout the year. Details of these can also be found on the Events page. You can find more information about the work of the Branch here.

We hope to see you soon!