RSCDS Brighton Branch

Scottish Dance References

another sort of link - eight linked 'hands' round in a cicle This page contains useful links for

* local Scottish dance groups in Brighton and Hove, Sussex and south-east England,
* about dances and dancing,
* for dance supplies and
* Community and activity sites for Brighton, Hove and Sussex

The images representing the linked sites are mostly displayed using images directly from the linked sites, and belong to them, not us.



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) is an "umbrella group" with representatives from each local SCD club and the branch. SASS co-ordinates SCD events in East and West Sussex. It also runs dances to raise money for charity.

SASS provides a list of SCD clubs in Sussex and the calendar of dance events in Sussex.


Brighton and Hove SCD club Brighton and Hove SCD Club
meets on Thursday evenings during termtime and organise more than eight Saturday dances a year.


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.


Horsham thistle Horsham SCD Club
meet Mondays September to May.


Mid-Sussex SCD Group
meet in Hurstpierpoint Community Main Hall every Tuesday evening from 7.45, with the first half of the evening directed to beginners. Mid-Sussex are affiliated to RSCDS.


Southwick SCD Club unfortunately stopped dancing in 2016.


Croydon and District branch RSCDS Croydon and District Branch RSCDS

originally the East Surrey - West Kent Branch, Croydon branch run classes for beginners, intermediates and returners on Fridays and an advanced group on Wednesdays. They also run a Scottish dance ball in April.


Pont Street, where London Branch meet RSCDS London Branch

As well as details for their own activities, London provide details of all dance classes and events across the south-east of England - the SE Dance Diary.


SE Herts Scottish Dance Society Scottish country dancing in Hertford
the South East Hertfordshire Scottish Dance Society.


RTW club thistle RSCDS Royal Tunbridge Wells Branch


MacLennan  Scottish group MacLennan Scottish Group
based in London, are available to perform demonstrations of Scottish dances and highland dances such as the sword dance. Follow our link to the MacLennan Scottish Group web site for more information.


SERTA image 2014 SERTA South-East Region Teachers' Association
SERTA supports teaching and teachers of Scottish country dancing, particularly in south-east England, and runs workshops.


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About Dances and Dancing

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

RSCDS "headquarters" site provides details of all the workshops arranged in Scotland and from there you can find all branches and affiliated clubs around the world.


Click to visit UK Alliance in a new page The United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing and Kindred Arts

The UK Alliance of Professional Teachers provides support for our highland teacher and provides graded medal tests - and the medals themselves - for RSCDS Brighton dancers.


Edinburgh Castle, linking to Grand Chain Grand Chain

Useful resource with a large number of references to information on country, highland and ceilidh dancing, music and bands. Maintained by Ian Brockbank in Edinburgh.


Strathi The Strathspey Server

This excellent Strathspey Server, run by Anselm Lingnau, is dedicated to sharing oodles of information about Scottish country dancing. I find the following services are especially useful
  • a dance database with over 2,000 dances. As well as abbreviated instructions it includes information about the original publication, the music, recordings made and from there you can find the full instructions too.
  • the mailing list, a forum for discussing any aspect of Scottish country dancing, be it dance descriptions, technique, the history of dances and dancing, learning or teaching, dance music and so on.
  • Strathspey archive where you can search for earlier conversations in the mailing list.


Dancing man, click to visit The Scottish Dancing Dictionary in a new page The really good Scottish Dancing Dictionary provides an easy to understand, comprehensive, classified and illustrated dictionary of Scottish dance terms.

You can find over 4,000 dance instruction cribs and Scottish dancing YouTube Videos (try Polharrow Burn for example). Then there are sections on footwork, set structure, timing, hand positions, and 34 simple figures like casting and 24 complex figures like the espagnole or schiehallion reels, citing dances which contain them. It also lists various types of Scottish dance with examples.


image for the dance archives You can find dance instructions for 219 dances at the Dance Archives; these come from from the extensive Donald Collection held at the Central Library in Edinburgh.
Abbreviated instructions for around 1,000 dances can be found at CardCribs, run by Paul Bond of the Sheffield Branch.


world map

RSCDS International Branch

The International Branch of RSCDS 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

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.


Visit Vancouver branch's to find some excellent online videos. These take a while to download. (Do remember you don't have to dress up like this to enjoy Scottish country dancing.) I like the Newcastle Festival International team video best.


YouTube - click to see JE's SCD playlist in a new window YouTube - selection of Scottish country dance videos

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 little dancing men

Not a Scottish Dancing site, but Marucho's Folkdance Site has these lovely gif images of a highland fling (left) and the country dance "Petronella" (right).


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Dance supplies

St Andrews Shoemakers

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.

Arabesque is an online shop saying it sells James Senior shoes. It may be worth looking as their colour range is different from James Senior, but watch out for higher prices.

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.

Dancia International sell Scottish dance shoes at their shop in Crown House, Portslade BN41 1SH, or you can order by phone (01273 414455), but you cannot buy them through their web site.

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

The RSCDS online shop RSCDS HQ

Visit the RSCDS 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.

John Kinloch Anderson

Leading kiltmaker and supplier of all Highland dress accessories who requested a link. Website looks good, waiting for consumer feedback.

Hastings Highland Supplies

A local supplier of bagpipes and Scottish regalia who asked for a link.

Greenwoods 1860 Highland Wear

A part of Greenwoods Menswear hiring out jackets, brogues, kilts and sporrans for Scottish dancing. You can buy from their Corby branch and in 2013 they assured me they would soon be arranging for "mobile hire" nearer Sussex.


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Community and activity web sites for Brighton and Hove and Sussex

B&H Council This Activity Finder 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.

westsussex.info 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 's web pages contain information on local transport and libraries, plus details of city-sponsored arts and cultural events.

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 scottish-country-dancing-and-walking-holidays.com to find out about their range of dancing holidays for the coming year in places like Harrogate, Great Yarmouth, Eastbourne(!), Matlock, Symonds Yat and Morecambe.

This company is recommended by one of our members who thoroughly enjoyed holidays with them in Scarborough in 2014 and Budapest in 2015.