RSCDS Brighton Branch

Scottish Dance References

another sort of link - eight linked 'hands' round in a cicle * Scottish dance groups locally in Brighton and Hove, Sussex and south-east England
* about dances and dancing
* dance supplies
* Community and activity sites for Brighton, Hove and Sussex

Images representing the linked sites are taken from the linked site themselves.

Scottish dance groups in Brighton and Hove, Sussex and South-East England

 SASS, the Sussex Association of Scottish Societies Sussex Association of Scottish Societies (SASS) co-ordinates the calendar of Scottish dance events for its member clubs and runs dances to raise money for local charity.

Ashdown Scottish Country Dance Club meets Thursday 8-10pm at the Jarvis Brook Memorial Hall from late September to late June.

Brighton and Hove SCD Club meets Thursday 7:45-10pm and organise Saturday dances in October and December

Bognor Regis SCD Bognor Regis SCD Club
As well as evening and afternoon dances, Bognor run a day-school once a year.

Crawley's thistle Crawley SCD Club
meet on Thursday evenings, September to May for social Scottish country dancing.

Eastbourne Scottish Country Dancing meet Wednesdays - contact for more information.

Horsham thistle Horsham SCD Club
meet Mondays September to May.

Mid-Sussex Scottish Country Dancers meet Tuesdays 7.45 and run four Saturday dances a year.

Sussex Folk Association Sussex Folk Association, SusFA provide an excellent classified directory of various folk dance clubs, organisations and events in Sussex including a section on Scottish country and highland dance.

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Beyond Sussex we have ...

Croydon and District branch RSCDS Croydon and District Branch RSCDS, originally the East Surrey - West Kent Branch, run classes on Fridays 7:30-10.

Pont Street, where London Branch meet RSCDS London Branch
Run classes on Tuesday for people 20-40 and three classes on Wednesdays. They also manage a list of dances in south-east England - the South East Dance Diary.

RSCDS Herts and Borders Branch
RSCDS Herts and Borders
a new branch founded in 2020, includes the old South East Herts Scottish Dance Society.

MacLennan  Scottish group MacLennan Scottish Group, based in London, are available to perform demonstrations of Scottish dance and highland dance such as the sword dance.

Spinaker Tower, Portsmouth The thriving Southsea Reel Club based in Portsmouth has no web presence. Contact Kathy on 023 9245 0265

RTW club thistle RSCDS Royal Tunbridge Wells Branch run a beginners' class Tuesdays 7:30-10 and an advanced class Thursdays 8-10.

SERTA image 2014 SERTA South-East Region Teachers' Association
SERTA supports teachers and the teaching of Scottish country dancing with courses and workshops.

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About Dances and Dancing

Edinburgh castle from the east Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, RSCDS

RSCDS "headquarters" co-ordinates the Spribng Fling for young people and the Summer Schools in Scotland. On its web site you will find links to all RSCDS branches and affiliated clubs around the world.

Strathi The Strathspey Server is a excellent resource run by Anselm Lingnau sharing oodles of information about Scottish country dancing such as:
Dancing man, click to visit The Scottish Dancing Dictionary in a new page The Scottish Dancing Dictionary By Reuben Freemantle And Laurence Abbott is easy to understand, comprehensive, classified and illustrated, with over 4,000 dance instruction cribs and videos (try Polharrow Burn.
It describes footwork, set structure, timing, hand positions, simple figures like casting complex figures like the espagnole or schiehallion reels, and dance types.

Click to visit UK Alliance in a new page The United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing and Kindred Arts provides support for our highland teacher and provides graded medal tests (and the medals themselves) for dancers.

Edinburgh Castle, linking to Grand Chain Grand Chain provides a large number of references to information on country, highland and ceilidh dancing, music and bands. Maintained by Ian Brockbank in Edinburgh.

world map RSCDS International Branch is open to anyone interested in Scottish Country Dancing. Their web site includes Campbell's Lists and find out which dances are currently popular in SCD programmes across the world. What dance appears most frequently in UK programmes? What are the most popular dances to start and finish a programme?

map of western europe Celtic Circle lists classes and social events across continental Europe and is maintained by Annette and Volker Wörtmann and Peter Wöll, It is also available as a printed newsletter.

YouTube - click to see JE's SCD playlist in a new window YouTube - selection of Scottish country dance videos yes YouTube has many videos and Janet Elizabeth has created a YouTube playlist of Scottish country dance videos and another playlist of highland dance videos. The videos listed have been created by people from all over the world. The quality is variable but some are really good.

dancing a highland fling dancing the petronella Marucho's Animated Folk Dance GIFs is by folk dance enthusiast Naohisa Hamada who has created lovely gif images of many types of folk dance, including a Scottish highland fling (left) and the Scottish country dance "Petronella" (right).
See Galleries 2, 1 and 5.

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Dance supplies

James Senior or St Andrews St Andrews Shoemakers, previously known as James Senior, sell specialist shoes, clothes and accessories for Scottish (and Irish) dancing. You can buy ghillies, pumps and brogues here online. The web site is fairly easy to use and there are many satisfied customers in the Brighton branch but prices have been rising.

Kinloch Anderson John Kinloch Anderson in Edinburgh and London is a leading kiltmaker and supplier of all Highland dress accessories for men, women and children.

Scottish Dance Shoe Company of Wembley sell just one style of ghillie and one style of pump but their shoes are cheaper than James Senior. I have not tried their shoes.

Thistle Shoes make shoes and sell them online - boots, brogues and ghillies as well as shoes for highland and country dancing.

RSCDS HQ The RSCDS online shop for CDs and books and for a range of dance accessories like the silver kilt pins, greetings cards with the crown motif and RSCDS tartan by the metre.

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Community and activity web sites for Brighton and Hove and Sussex

B&H Council Active for Life is provided by Brighton & Hove City Council in their Sport and Activity pages. The council encourages local people into physical activity by providing a directory of activity groups and sports groups.
escis escis is the East Sussex Community Information Service, maintained by East Sussex County Council. scenery WestSussex.Info is the West Sussex information service, telling you what's on and where.

Sussex Folk Association Sussex Folk Association, SusFA provide an excellent classified directory of various folk dance clubs, organisations and events in Sussex including a section on Scottish country and highland dance.

The Argus The The Argus is Brighton's local daily newspaper with local weather, news reports and features.

Brighton and Hove city council Brighton & Hove City Council has a section on its web site with information on local transport and libraries, plus details of city-sponsored arts and cultural events.

Brighton beach, tap for Visit Brighton Visit Brighton is the tourist board web site for hotels and tourist information.

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Scottish Country Dancing Holidays

Scottish country dancing and walk holidays Visit to find out about their range of dancing holidays for the coming year in places like Scarborough, Great Yarmouth, Eastbourne(!), Great Malvern, Symonds Yat and Weston-Super-Mare. Scottish Country Dancing Holidays has been recommended by one of our members who thoroughly enjoyed holidays with them in Scarborough in 2014 and Budapest in 2015.