Local/Midwest area dancing
Scottish country dancing
- RSCDS Twin Cities Branch on Facebook
- Clann Tartan Dance Guild
Clann Tartan, a Scottish historical reenactment group, hosts Scottish country dancing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Central Iowa Branch
- Madison (Wisconsin) Scottish Country Dancers
- Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Scottish Country Dancers
- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Chicago Branch
- Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers of Missouri
Other Twin Cities folk/international dancing
- Tapestry Folkdance Center
Tapestry sponsors contra, English country, swing, international, and other dance classes and events. Their beautiful building is also the location of RSCDS Twin Cities Branch Monday night classes.
- Fligmagearie Scottish Step Dancers
Fligmagearie teaches and performs Scottish step dancing (solo, performance-oriented dances) in various styles, traditional and modern, often in conjunction with RSCDS-TC.
- Minnesota Scottish Celtic Dance Association
Information about highland dance, including where to get lessons
Minnesota Scottish cultural organizations and events
- Clann Tartan
Scottish living history group.
- Duluth Scottish Heritage Association
- Minnesota Tartan Day
Promotes and celebrates the nation-wide Tartan Day holiday, Scottish heritage in Minnesota, and the vital role that Scottish-Americans have played in our state. Also the home of the Scottish News in Minnesota newsletter.
- Minnesota Scots
A cooperative group representing many of the Scottish cultural organizations in Minnesota, including RSCDS.
- Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games
Formerly known as the Macalester Scottish Country Fair, this event is now held in Eagan and takes place in early May.
- St. Andrew’s Society of Minnesota
A non-profit Scottish cultural, social, educational, and charitable organization.
- Scottish American Center
Dedicated to helping Minnesotans learn about Scottish and Scottish-American culture, connect with and celebrate their Scottish heritage.
- Twin Cities Scottish Club
A non-profit organization to promote Scottish culture, tradition, history and entertainment. They also host an occasional ceilidh dance.
SCD around the world
- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Web Site
RSCDS Headquarters in Edinburgh maintains a web site with news, listings of RSCDS branches (called “local associations”) around the world, upcoming schools and events, information on books, music, and videos produced by the Society, and more.
- Strathspey Server
Trying to remember the name of that dance with the 3 couple poussette followed by rights and lefts? Planning a trip to Prague and wondering if there are any dance opportunities while you’re there? The strathspey server is a free, email-based bulletin board and a great way to get in touch with other Scottish country dancers around the world. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to email@example.com. Once subscribed, you’ll receive e-mail messages posted by other members and you can post your own or respond to other postings. A searchable archive of previously posted messages is available. The strathspey server web site also includes lots of other useful SCD info and links.
The Teachers’ Association (Canada) web site provides information on the aims and services of an organization of Scottish country dance teachers from across North America and around the world.
- The InterCity Scot
An online newsletter of Scottish country dance groups, classes, and events around the world (most listings are for North America).
- Grand Chain
An extensive listing of Scottish country dance groups and their activities, as well as Scottish country dance bands. There are also many links to other useful SCD information on the Web.
SCD dances and music online
- Scottish Country Dance Database
An extensive database listing thousands of Scottish country dances and their published sources, tunes, and recordings. Crib notes and videos for many dances are also available
- Scottish Country Dance Dictionary: Dance Cribs Section
This resource includes cribs and videos for many popular dances.
- Dances from the Scottish Country Dance Archives
Selected dances originally published in the Scottish Country Dance Archives, a subscription-based service that was active during the 1960s and 70s.
- DancieMaetion SCD Animations
Animations for about 400 different dances.
- JC’s Music for Scottish Country Dance
A database of Scottish country dance music in ABC format.
- JC’s ABC Tune Finder
A searchable database of dance tunes (including Scottish). Tunes are available in multiple formats, including ABC notations, as well as standard notation. (To convert tunes from ABC format to standard notation, paste the ABC notation into this free converter.)
- The Session
This web site is a forum to exchange tunes and information about them. The focus is on Irish tunes, but there is quite a bit of crossover with the Scottish repertoire.
Where to buy SCD stuff online
- Hullachan Pro:
This is manufacturer of ergonomically-designed Scottish and Irish dance footwear. The site includes articles on how to properly fit dance shoes.
- St. Andrew’s Shoemakers:
This company is the descendent of James Senior’s, who were official supplier of Scottish country dance shoes to the RSCDS for many years. After James Senior died, the business was bought by this company.
- Highland XPress: This Texas-based online store sells several different brands of ghillies.
Clothing and Accessories
NOTE: There are many companies that sell kilts and other Scottish dance clothing and accessories, and this list is not an attempt to be comprehensive. The businesses listed below are a few that are recommended by our branch costumer, Andi Helebrant, and/or other branch members. Please see the branch costume guidelines before purchasing anything for use at Twin Cities branch performances.
- The Celtic Croft
A Minnesota-based mail order company that is a good source for sporrans, belts, and other accessories at reasonable prices. They usually have a booth at local Scottish events like the MN Scottish Fair and Highland Games.
- Moccasin House
Good source for Minnetonka Moccasins, several styles of which are ideal for Renaissance Festival wear (remove fringes).
Miscellaneous useful links
A repository of information about Scottish country dancing
- Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary
Primer on Scottish country dance basics, including types of musics, steps, formations, and more. Also includes some dance cribs.
- Kilts and Tartan Made Easy
A detailed, non-commercial, introductory guide for anyone thinking of wearing a kilt for the first time compiled by Nick Fiddes, the founder of Scotweb and governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority.
- SCD Etiquette and Conventions
Includes our own guide to surviving your first ball, including tips on how to prepare, what to wear, what to expect, and etiquette guidelines.
- RSCDS Twin Cities Branch Costume Guidelines
Descriptions, pictures, and other Information about costumes used for performances by the Twin Cities branch.