North Texas Scottish Country Dancing

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Scottish Country Dance Classes

Sunday Afternoons 4:00-7:00 PM

(Labor Day through Memorial Day)

St. Andrew's Church
727 Hill Street
Grand Prairie, TX 75050


Class fees after the first night:


December 2, 2012St. Andrew's Church
December 9, 2012St. Andrew's Church
December 16, 2012St. Andrew's Church
December 23, 2012No SCD -- Christmas
December 30, 2012No SCD -- New Year
January 6, 2013St. Andrew's Church
January 13, 2013St. Andrew's Church
January 20, 2013St. Andrew's Church
January 27, 2013St. Andrew's Church
February 3, 2013St. Andrew's Church
February 10, 2013St. Andrew's Church
February 17, 2013St. Andrew's Church
February 24, 2013St. Andrew's Church
March 3, 2013No SCD – North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park in Dallas
March 10, 2013St. Andrew's Church
March 17, 2013St. Andrew's Church
March 24, 2013No SCD -- Palm Sunday
March 31, 2013No SCD -- Easter Sunday
April 7, 2013St. Andrew's Church
April 14, 2013St. Andrew's Church
April 21, 2013St. Andrew's Church
April 28, 2013St. Andrew's Church
May 5, 2013No SCD -- Texas Scottish Festival at UTA in Arlington
May 12, 2013St. Andrew's Church
May 19, 2013St. Andrew's Church
May 26, 2013St. Andrew's Church
June 1, 2013Saturday -- End of Year Party, J and J Ranch, Graford, TX

See contact information below for any questions.

Download printable flier with 2012-13 calendar

Description and History

Scottish country dancing is fun and only occasionally danced competitively. We leave the competing to the Highland dancers who dance the familiar Highland Fling and the Sword Dance as well as many lesser known Highland dances. Scottish country dancing is the social and ballroom dancing of Scotland with roots stretching back for centuries. The national dances of Scotland were not confined to one level of society only. On the contrary, they were danced and enjoyed in common by both laird and tenant or crofter. As the Clan Chief did, so did all his followers and family.

You don't have to be Scottish to find your foot tapping to the irresistible rhythms of our stirring reels, jigs, hornpipes and lilting strathspeys. The music, the footwork and the formation sequences set Scottish country dancing apart from the national dances of other countries. The winding figures of the dances are reminiscent of the interlaced knot-work of Celtic origin and allow each person to dance each position in turn. Although many of our dances are centuries old, new dances are continually being devised which makes our favorite pastime a living art form.

In the early twentieth century Scottish country dancing was in danger of being lost and forgotten. Enter Miss Jean Milligan and Mrs. Stewart of Fasnacloich who formed the Scottish Country Dance Society in 1923 to preserve and practice the country dances of Scotland, to collect old books and pictures illustrative of Scottish dances and to publish descriptions of country dances with diagrams and music. King George VI shortly before his death in 1951 bestowed the title of Royal on the Society and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been its patron since she was Princess Elizabeth. Today there are Scottish country dance groups the world over including such far away places as Japan and Fiji.

Lessons and social dancing are held most Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Labor Day to Memorial Day at St. Andrew's Church in Grand Prairie (see calendar above). Find out for yourself how enjoyable SCD can be. We are a friendly bunch. The North Texas Scottish Country Dancers are available for performances.


Weekly dance classes

These photos were taken at St. Andrew's Church in Grand Prairie.

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Live music provided at some meetings by Hi'lan' Rant

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Randy on Accordion, Larry on Guitar, Dennis on Bass, Kathy on Bodhran, Mike on Fiddle

Classes at special events


Dancing has been taught at the Texas Scottish Festival the first weekend in June (May as of 2012). Our teacher Ellie Hayes and musician Mike Sonntag appear in several of these pictures.

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Dancing has also been taught at the annual Rampant Lion picnic in Arlington in April.


Scottish Balls

Formal dances are held at annual Scottish Balls:

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Austin Ball Little Rock Ball

Demonstration performances

The Scottish Country Dancers also perform dance demonstrations at local events:

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The Celtic Heritage Festival
at the Bedford Boys Ranch

Demo in the Fort Worth Stockyards

for the Montessori Academy of Arlington

Scottish Country Dance Links

Contact Information

For information about classes, meetings and events, please contact
Jack Raines, teacher, at [contact data image]
(please put SCD in the subject line so we will know to read it)
and/or join our Yahoo Group at:
He is fully certified by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

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Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor!

This page last updated 27 Nov 2012.