Some useful information on Scottish Country Dancing

What to wear:

Any comfortable clothes that don't restrict your movements are fine. Men, if you have a kilt and wish to wear it, you will not be out of place - however, Scottish dress is by no means compulsory!


You need soft shoes for Scottish dancing - light trainers, deck shoes, plimsolls, daps etc are fine to have a go in. If you like it you can buy special soft dance shoes called gillies. Many women wear ballet type slippers. Please see below for a list of local shops and links to Internet suppliers.

Local classes for Beginners/Intermediate Dancers:

If you are new to Scottish Country Dancing and would prefer to learn in a more structured class setting rather than informal club session, there are classes available through the RSCDS local branch

Many of the U3A groups in the area hold weekly classes which are usually suitable for beginners.

Further information about classes and day schools in the area will appear here when available.

Dances and Balls:

Find information about local events on the RSCDS local branch website. Usually, dances are normally recapped at a Dance but not always at a Ball  -  check the flyer for this. Dress code tends to be informal for Dances and formal for Balls. Most tickets include a meal (with vegetarian option) and refreshments, although some dances have bring&share meals. There is usually an address available for enquiries and booking. Some tickets come with crib sheets for the dances - otherwise you can easily make your own crib sheets with the download from the MiniCrib website.


There are Scottish wear suppliers advertised in the RSCDS Bulletin. None of these are local but most offer a mail order service. Here are two we recommend:

St. Andrews Shoemakers, 3 Newark Road South, Eastfield Ind. Estate,
Glenrothes, Scotland, KY7 4NS
Tel: 0870 7542 104

Scottish Dance Shoe Company, 87 Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall,
Lancashire, BB4 7QX

Tel: 01706 224272

Local Shops (most of these do NOT sell the Scottish dance shoes for men but they do have the ballet pumps and Jazz dance shoes generally used by the ladies):

Janet's Dancewear, 82 St. Judes Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey - Tel: 01784-436301

Fame Dancewear, 9-11 Denmark Street, Wokingham Berks - Tel: 0118-9788657

Cabaret Dancewear, 3 Creswell Corner, Anchor Hill, Knaphill, Surrey - Tel: 01483-488440

Munroe Competition Shoes, 20 Woodall Close, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5HJ - Tel: 01444-456807 (mail order)

G Joliffe & Co, 48-54 Chapel Street, Marlow, Bucks. - Tel: 01628-475757

Dance Depot (mail order only)


You can find links to websites of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and its local branch as well as some of our fellow clubs and societies on the links page.