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Welcome to the RSCDS Delft branch!

Are you passionate about Scottish dancing and do you want to experience the joy and fun of these traditional dances? Then you've come to the right place! As the Delft branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), we welcome dance enthusiasts of all ages and levels to be part of our community.

Our branch organizes weekly dance evenings where members come together to learn new dance steps, refine their skills, and build friendships with like-minded dancers. We also regularly organize social events, giving you the opportunity to showcase your dancing skills and enjoy the community atmosphere.

Whether you want to dance for enjoyment, improve your health, or simply look for a fun and active pastime, RSCDS Delft branch has something for everyone. Our qualified instructors are ready to guide you on your dance journey and help you discover the charm and grace of Scottish dancing.

Feel free to browse our website to learn more about our activities. If you're interested in becoming a member or simply want more information, don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you into our enthusiastic community of Scottish dancers.

Join the RSCDS Delft branch and let the enchantment of Scottish dance take you on an unforgettable journey filled with music, movement, and fun!

What's Scottish Country Dancing?
Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) is a fun and social form of dance with roots dating back centuries. Participants are grouped into sets, usually consisting of 3, 4, or 5 couples, arranged in two lines (men facing women) or in a square, and work together to dance a series of formations. This results in them ending up in a new order, and the dance is repeated until they return to their starting positions, with everyone taking turns dancing each position. Some dedication and practice are required to learn the different dance steps and formations, but it is possible to develop enough proficiency to participate fairly quickly. Gradually, the level can be built up until it is possible to join in thousands of dances with other Scottish dancers in the Netherlands and around the world.
There are three types of Scottish Country Dances: the Reel, the Jig, and the Strathspey. The Reel and the Jig are quite similar, while the Strathspey is slower with different movements.

Do you need a partner?
No. Typically, in Scottish Country Dancing, dancers have a different partner for each dance. This contributes to the social aspect of dancing and gives you the opportunity to dance with many different people. Almost all Scottish country dances require at least six people to dance together. Anyone can ask someone else to dance. If you have a partner, bring them along; it's a great way to get fit and have fun together.

Is Scottish Country Dancing good exercise?
Like most forms of dancing, Scottish Country Dancing is excellent, healthy exercise, and the fitter you are, the easier it will be to learn. Dancing is very good for your heart and lungs and will also improve your balance and bone density. Scottish country dancers have better agility, stronger legs, and walk faster than others. But it's not just exercise to stay fit - you can dance to great music and have fun at the same time.
Is there an age limit
Absolutely not! As long as you're willing to have fun, there's no age limit. Most RSCDS branches are qualified to teach anyone from 6 to 90+ years old, and all you need is to enjoy dancing. At social events and in many classes, you'll find people aged 18 dancing with those who are 75. Dancing brings everyone together!.

Do I need special shoes or clothing to dance?
Yes and no. For ladies, it's more comfortable to wear a wider skirt. Some men often wear a kilt for dancing, but it's not essential, and for classes, many men wear comfortable trousers. After a few evenings of dancing, most people decide to get a pair of dance shoes specifically designed for Scottish Country Dancing, soft leather pumps or ghillies, but beginners should wear comfortable shoes with a soft non-slip sole, such as jazz or ballet shoes or canvas plimsolls.

Should I wear a kilt?
No. Men who are used to wearing a kilt find it comfortable to dance in, but many men dance in trousers for years before investing in a kilt, and some always dance in trousers. Women and men should wear clothing in which they feel comfortable and can move easily. However, dances and balls can be formal, and participants are expected to dress their best. Men can wear a suit, trews, or a kilt. Women usually wear a nice dress.

Do I need to memorize dances?
Not at all, but if you want to, we'd be very impressed because there are many! You don't have to memorize them if you don't want to, although you should try to learn the steps and formations that are common in most dances. Programs for balls and social dances are published well in advance, and weekly classes focus on practicing the dances from upcoming programs. Additionally, dances at the event itself are often repeated or even reviewed before the music starts. Moreover, you can usually find a program with instructions or diagrams to help you understand the dance at social dances and formal balls.

"It's also a lot of fun and very social."

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