Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a partner?   NO.  You don’t need a partner.  Just a desire to get some vigorous exercise while listening to great music and having fun.  We change partners for each dance so you’re unlikely to be left sitting out.

Is it physical?   YES.  Like most types of dancing, SCD can be quite a workout. We encourage warming up before dance sessions and stretching afterwards.  SCD can improve your balance and posture as well as maintaining mental and aerobic fitness.

Do I need special shoes? NO. Most dancers now wear soft leather dance shoes designed specifically for SCD, but the beginner should wear any comfortable shoes with a soft non-slip sole.  Details of dance shoe suppliers can be found on the ‘Links’ page.

Do I have to study for years before I can go to a dance?  NO.  There is an emphasis on steps, and the formations can be a little complex, but the basic technique can be learned at a weekend workshop or through a couple of months’ worth of practice evenings, once a week.

Must I learn dances by heart?  NO.  Many dancers find it difficult to learn them all by heart.  It is better to know the steps and formations, as the programmes (with instructions) for social evenings are published well before the event.  Also, at the event itself, dances are often recapped or even sometimes walked through before the music starts.

How many dances are there?  The most popular rhythms are jig, reel and strathspey.  Jigs and reels use basically three different steps and strathspeys use two.  There are about 15,000 published dances devised by enthusiasts all over the world – all with the aim of giving enjoyment and energy to keep the brain alive and fresh.

Do I have to wear a kilt?  NO.  Men who are used to wearing the kilt find it comfortable for dancing, but many men dance in trousers.  Women need only to wear clothes in which they can move easily.  Dances and balls are usually semi-formal, so men often wear a kilt or tartan trews and women a smart dress.
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