Scottish Country Dance - Qualicum Beach

The Oceanside Scottish Country Dancers invite you to the
Oceanside St. Andrews Tea - Registration, revised Dance Program
Sunday 29 November 2015, lunch 1200 p.m., doors 1140
Live music (Mary Ross and Janette Poulson)
Soup and sandwich lunch, dancing, tea and goodies to follow
$25 for dancers, $20 non dancers
644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach
details will be on their web site shortly

SCD North to South

Hornby Island Scottish Country Dance  Thursday 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., early autumn to December, New Horizons Lounge, 1765 Sollans Rd. Mixed level, social dance group, everyone welcome. $5 drop-in fee. Info:

Comox Valley Scottish Country Dancers Mostly Mondays. Comox United Church Hall, 250 Beach Drive, Comox, BC V0M 1P9, corner Beach & Comox Ave

Port Alberni Scottish Country Dancers
Mondays 7-9 p.m. Alberni Elementary School gymnasium

Oceanside Scottish Country Dancers (formerly Nanoose Scottish Country Dancers). Wednesdays. Qualicum Beach Community Centre, Memorial Drive @ the railway tracks

Nanaimo Scottish Country Dancers Classes Tuesdays & Thursdays. Pleasant Valley Social Centre, 6100 Doumont Rd. Nanaimo, BC

Cowichan Valley Scottish Country Dance Club Thursday, 6:30 p.m.. Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre, 9824 Willow St, Chemainus, BC

Salt Spring Island Scottish Country Dancers Monday & Friday programs (M. All Saints Church Hall, 110 Park Dr., Tr. Salt Spring Elementary School)

Dance on Mayne, Mayne Island, hosts SCD amongst it's flavours of dance (also ECD & Contra).They often host a Burns Nicht in January. The Ag(ricultural) Hall is where many, not all of their dances are held. Contact information may include only the last four digits of a phone number. Format is 250.539.xxxx

Victoria area

Victoria Branch, RSCDS, was a club in greater Victoria. It unfortunately has wound up affairs. Many members transferred their activity to VISCDS, below

Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society, a club in greater Victoria. Classes Monday to Thursday, wide range of levels. (many classes/events in the City Light Church, the former St. Martin-In-The-Field church hall) 550 Obed Ave., Saanich, BC


University of Victoria Has wound up activity indefinitely UVic Caledonian Club SCD. Was last held on Mondays 7:30 - 9 p.m. Sept - April. No charge. Join or return anytime. A keen dancer from the last few years of SCD at UVic offers e-mail reminders of SCD events hosted by the local societies that students and others might be interested in. To be added to that list please write them via the webmaster. It is possible those reminders will also be posted to iDance, our e-mail listserver. If there is interest by students in creating the necessary club structure at UVic, or Camson College, please get in touch. I'm sure an interested teacher may be found

To avoid disappointment ALWAYS check for changes before heading out to any dance.

In poor weather don't assume a web site will be up to the minute, unless perhaps it displays a cancellation notice.

Regional Scottish dance

Vancouver area Scottish dance, including SCD and Scottish Ceilidh listings RSCDS Vancouver Branch

2010 saw the start of a series of classes and dance, including SCD, primarily throughout the Fraser Valley, operating as Heartland Dance Vancouver

Seattle and area Scottish dances at Seattle Branch RSCDS

SCD Camps, Weekends

Best caught up with on the Inter-city Scot. They also lists Groups, Classes and allow for self publishing and updating these

Youth Weekend West  Started 2003 in BC, rotates around western seaboard of Canada/USA. 12th Workshop & Ball weekend, 2-4 May 2014, WWU, Bellingham, WA

Workshop and Ball at  Fort Worden State Park on the Olympic Peninsula annually hosted by the Seattle Branch RSCDS in early Sep. 40th Workshop weekend 12  - 14 Sep 2014

What kinds of Scottish Dance?

Much Scottish social dance on Vancouver Island takes the form of Scottish Country dance, SCD, or "country dance" to those involved

Several Scottish ceilidhs or Scottish dance ceilidhs may take place over the year as well 

These may be a "classic" ceilidh -- a fun evening of dance (social/participative & performance), music & perhaps song; an evening of Scottish ceilidh dancing (or "reeling"); or there may be a Scottish Dance Ceilidh perhaps with a bit more rowdiness (and perhaps with a pint and "stovies" to hand)

The first two may have recorded or live music. The last is invariably hosted with live music and a dance caller

Most SCD groups operate from Sept to May or so, often offering weekly classes and some social dance evenings. The latter may either be included as part of a weekly program, if a larger group, and in any event for notable or special occasions. Check individual sites

Many offer Drop-in, student, half year, or term, and yearly rates. Larger clubs or groups tend to be affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, RSCDS

Some SCD groups will have a Burns Nicht ("Rabbie", or Robert, not Robbie, please). This is often  on or near the 25th of January

Many groups offer an open-house event in Sept and January, often at no charge, to allow folks to try out SCD. Check with the groups or in the events calendar of your local newspaper

Some clubs may have a group to demonstrate this social dance in a display or performance setting