a local association of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

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Scottish Country Dancing is the ballroom dancing of Scotland. It draws from French traditional dance steps for quicktime dances and the uniquely Scottish strathspey tempo for slower, more stately, dances. Scottish Country Dancing is performed in couples, most frequently in sets of four couples arranged in lines of women facing men, but is also danced in square sets. Each tempo has two basic steps: traveling and setting steps, and dances are generally danced in groups of 8-bar figures.

The Chicago Branch sponsors three general SCD classes in the greater Chicago area: Loch Michigan, ScotReel, and Silk and Thistle, and one technique class for advanced dancers. The Branch schedules dancing in Oak Park in July and August, when all classes except Silk and Thistle break for the summer. In the Chicago area there is also Scottish Country Dancing with the Evanston Scottish Country Dancers. Anyone with an interest in all things Scottish and/or dancing is welcome to attend the general classes. You do not need to bring a partner and no prior dancing experience is necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes and come have a good time. Click on the classes button for information about each class and the demo team.

The Chicago Branch sponsors a weekend workshop each year in early June. This is a fun event with a Friday night Welcome Dance, classes most of the day Saturday, a Banquet and formal Ball Saturday night followed by a ceilidh, and classes Sunday morning. Each year in January, the Branch has its New Year's Ball and Banquet. Throughout the year there are also social dances and open houses put on by the various Branch classes. Click the events button for information about upcoming Branch events.

Other resources available from this page by clicking the buttons are:

  • click member to fill out a form for joining the RSCDS-Chicago Branch
  • click links for links to other SCD Branches, other Scottish organizations in Chicago, and general SCD links worldwide
  • click other for information that does not fit into these categories, including pictures from various Branch events

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