North Texas Scottish Country Dancing
Come join in the fun!
The Ceilidh Country Dancers of Fort Worth
The Dallas Scottish Country Dancers
Scottish Country Dance Classes
Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM
Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM (1030 Elizabeth Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76110, but please call the number above to verify calendar before coming)
- Beginners welcome
- You do not need to bring a partner (we provide them)
- You do not have to be Scottish
- You do not have to wear a kilt
- Please bring comfortable shoes or dancing slippers
- You may want to bring a bottle of water for breaks
See contact information below for any questions.
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.
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.
Live music provided at some meetings by Hi'lan' Rant
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.
Dancing has also been taught at the
annual Rampant Lion picnic in Arlington in April.
Formal dances are held at annual Scottish Balls:
Little Rock Ball
The Scottish Country Dancers also perform dance demonstrations at local events:
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
- The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society --
With members around the world, the RSCDS website provides information as well as videos, books, recordings, and accessories available for purchase.
- Nearby SCD Groups
- Information on Scottish Dances
- DanceData --
a searchable Scottish Country Dance database of dances, tunes, publications, recordings, albums, and people. The files can be downloaded or accessed through the website.
- Grand Chain --
the Edinburgh Scottish Dance resource.
- The Inter-city Scot --
an information source about Scottish country dancing activities in Canada and the United States of America (USA)
- MINICRIB --
a simple database of brief notes covering many Scottish Country Dances which enables "cribsheets" to be quickly produced for most dance programs.
- Scottish Dance Archives --
includes instructions and music.
- The Strathspey Server --
another resource for Scottish Country Dance and Music, hosts DanceData (above).
- Teachers Association of Canada --
An affiliate of the RSCDS, TAC is a resource for teachers of Scottish Country Dancing.
- Videos of Scottish Country Dancing --
a variety of performances and instruction from YouTube.
For information about classes, meetings and events,
please contact Ellie Hayes, teacher.
She is fully certified by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and may be reached at
(please put SCD in the subject line so we will know to read it).
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Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor!
This page last updated April 19, 2015.