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About Us

The Scotia Dancers of New York is a group that offers social classes and parties in traditional Scottish country dancing (SCD), a dance form that combines exercise, sociability and stirring Scottish music. It is a form of pattern dancing performed in sets, similar to English, contra, or square dancing.   The Scotia Dancers is an affiliated group of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS).  Queen Elizabeth is not only the patron of the RSCDS, but is also a dancer as seen in this video from the archives showing her playful side.

We meet at  Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th St, NYC.  Press the buzzer on the door that is marked Scotia Dancers. 

Look for our meetup page or our FaceBook page to see what other people are saying about  us.  Once you learn the basics of  SCD, you can travel throughout the world  and find groups on every continent  where you can dance (yes, groups have danced in Antarctica) .  Note that our Meetup group is now a joint effort with the NY Branch of the RSCDS.  Please click on one of the Meetup links to join the new group.  You can help us find new dancers by clicking on this link to a tear off flyer you can leave at local  businesses or community bulletin boards.

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Our 2018 Fall Season runs from 10 September to 10 December. The season starts with a party night  for dancers with some experience.  Regular classes  begin on 17 September.  Starting 17 September, newcomers are welcome to start anytime before our Halloween Party on 29 October.  That party and subsequent classes will be restricted to dancers with some experience until classes end on 3 December.  The season concludes with a Pre-Hogmanay party on 10 December that is open to all dancers.

The Winter Season is scheduled for 7 January 2019 to 25 March and the Spring Season for 1 April to 24 June.  Party and special events dates are on  the Calendar.

In 2019 each season will be divided into two six-week segments for the basic class. The fee for the six-week series of classes will be $40. New dancers will be able to enroll in the basic class at the door on the first two nights of a series.  After that, they will be invited to enroll in the following block of classes.  The starting dates for the mini-series basic classes are 7 January, 18 February, 1 April, and 13 May.

SPECIAL NOTE * * * * * * *
If you are a Scottish dance teacher planning to visit with us, please let us know if you wish to teach a dance. There is no expectation that you do so, but if you have a dance you wish to share, we want to offer you that opportunity.  Please notify us in advance if you wish to teach

The Scotia Dancers is an affiliated group of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.*

Scottish Thistle - the national flower of Scotland

  Our Monday Evening Class Schedule:


Social Dancing (basic) -- 7:00 - 8:00
Tea               -- 8:00 - 8:15
Social Dancing (all) -- 8:15 - 8:30
Social Dancing (experienced) -- 8:30 - 10:00
Fees: $10.00 per session
$12.00 for parties with recorded music
$15.00 for parties with live music

Full time students pay half-price. 



  Scotia Dancers Membership Dues

*Membership in the
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), which is encouraged but not required, gives the right to apply for the RSCDS Summer School at St. Andrews, Scotland, and at the TAC School in Canada, and receipt of the Scottish Country Dancer, a magazine published in April and October. This RSCDS publication " aims to inform, entertain, and inspire Scottish country dancers; to be the prime means of communication from RSCDS Headquarters to all members, and a forum for members; and to broaden awareness of the rich country dance heritage of Scotland. It also promotes the objects of the Society and the strategic aims of the Management Board."

Our traditional parties includes a Burns Night Dance each year in January to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. We have haggis, neeps and tatties in the traditional ceremony concluding with Burns' Address to a Haggis.

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