You've arrived on the web page for the San Francisco class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
This is where you can get the latest information on what's up in Scottish Country Dancing in the city of
San Francisco. If you are looking for other classes around the Bay Area check the
San Francisco Bay Area Branch site
As usual, there are original dances written by our class members on the program.
FREE Introductory Party!
Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 7:30pm
New Basic Class starts Sept. 14, 2023
Class is held on Thursdays at 7:30 pm at The Polish Club of SF, 3040 22nd St at the corner of Shotwell See our flyer for more information.
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Please wear comfortable low shoes.
Scottish Country Dancing is the traditional ballroom dance of Scotland.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, based in Edinburgh, was founded
in 1923 to preserve this joyful social dance tradition. Since then Scottish
Country Dancing has spread all over the world.
Unlike Highland dances, which are usually solo performances accompanied by
bagpipes, Country Dances are danced with partners in sets of two or more
couples doing an exciting variety of formations. The music is provided by
a fiddle, flute, or piano, or by a band. Talent musicians play for parties and
some classes. The dances vary in tempo, included lively jigs, hornpipes and
reels, and the slower, elegant strathspeys.
You can see Scottish Country Dancing at Scottish Games & Gatherings and at
many other fairs and events. The San Francisco Branch of the RSCDS sponsors
classes in many Bay Area cities. The Branch holds monthly social dances, an
annual formal Valentine's Ball, a gala party at the Labor Day Games, an
annual weekend at Asilomar, special events and workshops, and publishes a
Some comments heard from dancers:
"The music lifts my spirits!"
"I like dancing with men in kilts!"
"You don't need to come with a partner -everyone in class wants to dance!"
"The strathspeys are so elegant, and the jigs and reels are lively and fun!"
"You don't have to be Scottish to love Scottish country dancing!"
"It's a fun way to keep fit!"
"I love the sociability!"