Frequently Asked Questions
Is it the same as Highland Dancing?
When talking about Scottish dancing images are often conjured up of lone figures performing , very energetic, Sword Dances or the Highland Fling. Whilst some of our members can do this, and to a very high standard, this is actually Highland Dancing and not Scottish Country Dancing.
Highland dancing is usually danced solo whereas Scottish Country Dancing is usually danced in sets of three, four, five or more couples either in round the room, square, triangular or line formation.
There is a certain amount of cross-over, in that there are Scottish Country dances that include highland elements as well as highland-style performance dances which use formations otherwise seen in country dances.
Do I have to be Scottish?
Not at all!
Scottish Country Dancing is open to everyone from age 6 to 126
It is very popular all around the world across Europe, America to Japan and Australia, wherever people can dance. There are now more people doing Scottish Country Dancing outside Scotland than within it, although in Scotland, many people have had the advantage of learning it at school.
There are many clubs in the UK and
seventeen just in Kent.
Can I dance all year round?
Our Thursday evening Dance Sessions are open all year round, except for Christmas week.
There are plenty of Events, Balls, Dances and Socials to attend throughout the year.
Wherever you are you can be sure to find a warm welcome at a local club and it is possible to dance every day of the week!
As well as UK holidays and short breaks, some of our members travel abroad on dancing holidays where they are tourists during the day and Scottish dancers at night!
Do I have to bring a partner?
You are welcome to come along on your own and you will find plenty of others to dance with you. If you are a little shy about coming on your own then
contact us before you come and someone will meet you at the door and introduce you to everyone.
Anyone can ask anyone else to dance. Usually, dancers take a different partner for each dance. This adds to the social nature of the dancing, and means that you get an opportunity to meet and dance with lots of different people.
However, if you do have a partner, spouse, a friend or friends, a family member, or the whole family that want to dance by all means bring them along. It’s a great way to have fun together. Even if they don't wish to dance, they are welcome to sit and enjoy the music and watch the action.
Do I have to be really fit?
Some dances (called Strathspeys) have a slower tempo and can be danced by those who are less physically able. However, Scottish Country Dancing is great physical and mental exercise and the more you dance the fitter you will become.
Do I have to be a Member?
You can come along to our Dance Sessions, Socials and Events without being a Member. However, there are benefits in joining and many people decide to become a Member shortly after testing it out and attending their first few sessions.
Do I have to sign up for lots of sessions?
You can attend Dance Sessions whenever and as little or often as you like.
You can turn up as and when, but as with all things, the more you do it, the quicker you will learn and improve.
How much does it cost?
Our Thursday evenings Dance Sessions cost £3 per session. First session is FREE.
The cost of our Events vary from around £5 up to around £35 depending on the venue, cost of catering and whether or not there is a live band.
Many of our Socials are free.
Do I need to wear a kilt or special clothing?
For our Dance Sessions usually comfortable casual clothes are worn. We would suggest that you come to Dance Sessions dressed with layers of loose clothes so that clothing can be adjusted as the evening warms up but you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
For Events, Dances and Balls however dress can be more formal. Men can and do wear kilts but it is not obligatory. Men who are used to wearing a kilt find it comfortable for dancing, but many men dance in trousers for several years before investing in a kilt and some always dance in trousers or trews.
Women can wear trousers or a skirt with a top or blouse or dresses, or a ball gown, depending on the occasion!
Do I need special shoes?
Initially, any flat soft shoes suitable for dancing can be worn, such as shoes with a non-slip sole, jazz or ballet shoes or canvas plimsolls. We do not encourage stilettos or work boots!
However, it helps to have the right footwear and after a few Dance Sessions, you may want to get proper Scottish Country Dancing soft leather pumps or ghillies. These can be purchased from:
Other Local and National suppliers are available!