Scottish Country Dance:
Fun, Fitness, Friendship

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  1. Dance Scottish because. .  .

  2. It brings you joy  You don’t need to be a couple – we change partners every dance

  3. Beginner Classes are on the subway – downtown and in north Toronto

Your new fitness and social activity starts here

Youth Classes, any time, Sept to May: Info here

Dance for joy

Scottish Country Dance is lively, multi-generational, and rollicking good fun!

There are 6 dances each season with wonderful live music. Beginners are especially welcome at March Beginners’ Night, and at the Family Christmas dance. There are two formal /semi-formal balls each year, and many special events.  Here are some video links to show you typical dances, and typical Toronto dancers!

Some easy-peasy ceilidh-style dances: 

Braveheart (circle dance)    • Kingston Flyer     • Knot on a Ferryboat (circle dance) 

Some high-energy Scottish country dances:

St Andrews Fair   • Joe MacDiarmid’s Jig   • Well Done Jack   •  Antarctica Bound   •  The Sailor                 

Rest And Be Thankful   • Red Nose Jig (sq set)   •  A Trip To Crinan            

Two more-challenging dances:

Reel of the 51st Highland Division (all male set)   • The Peat Road

Some Short Strathspeys:

The Swan & The Tay (3x)   • St John River (a dance metaphor)   •  We Reely Progressed (4s32, Rosedale Parent class)   

About Scottish Social Dance. . .

Scottish Dance: It's old. . . it's new. . . it's fun. . . it's social.

Scottish country dance is the traditional social dance of Scotland. It’s based on ancient folk dances, mixed with elements of ballet, influences from the Royal court of France, and some overlap with Highland dancing. Scottish country dance was carried around the world by Scottish immigrants, and by Highland regiments. It remains popular world-wide, and in unlikely places such as Paris, Japan, and Moscow <some international events>.

SCD is great fun for young and old but it IS challenging mentally and physically. You must be fit, and quick on the uptake. Some people can pick it up on the fly, but the better way is to take Lessons.

Some of the dances we do are over 300 years old; many are newly (and cleverly) devised to incorporate intricate formations. We dance lively jigs and reels and the distinctively Scottish, very stately, Strathspey. We also dabble in marches and waltzes. To learn more, click on Lessons.

Classes for young people are available here.

General Questions & Health Benefits

Any number of journal articles and studies have shown the social and health benefits of dancing in general and Scottish country dancing in particular. Anyone who dances Scottish country will tell you "It's fun!".

Have questions? Want answers?
Download this pamphlet of Questions & Answers:

Toronto Books & Leaflet Dances >leaflets.html

Dance Scottish At Home page
Online lessons, podcasts,
and other activities for dancers

Young Dancers & Families

Saturday Mornings
(new dancers welcome)

Teacher: Moira Korus (Rosedale Youth) Info and Zoom password:  ask Moira.

Family Class, 9:30am (30 mins)

Young children can dance at home with parents/siblings. No dance experience needed. We movie and keep time to music as we warm up; learn easy steps; then use them in a dance.

Intermediate Class (age 8+), 10:15am

We start with step practice; then walk and dance one formation; and then put the steps and formation into a dance.


Evenings @ 8pm (60-90 mins)

All classes are open to everyone, but get a Zoom password in advance.

Tuesdays:  Erin Mills and Bloorlea.

Keith Bark and Arlene Koteff teach week about.  p/w >  Keith or Deirdre.


Humbercrest ~ Deirdre MacCuish Bark teaches. p/w > Deirdre

Glenview ~ Moira Korus teaches.
p/w > 

Fridays: Woodglen. Deirdre MacCuish Bark teaches. p/w > Deirdre


Tuesdays at 7:30pm ~ Social class for experienced dancers.

Alma Smith teaches:
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Basic Technique Classes

Thursdays @ 8pm (60-90 mins)

Keith Bark teaches Basic Technique based on Level 1 and Level 2 classes

Class is open to everyone, but contact Keith to register (no fee).


Fridays @ 10am

Alma Smith teaches Beginners.

Contact Alma:

Introduction to Scottish Step Dancing

Saturdays @ 2pm - 3:00

Scottish Step Dances (aka Ladies’ Step Dances) are done solo, and thus are well suited to Zoom. Examples

Alma Smith will teach introductory dances, and basic Highland steps used in Scottish Country Dance.


Zoom on over to Glenview’s End-of-Season Ceilidh

Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m.

No ticket is needed, but you will need to contact Erica, for the link to the session.  Join us to see friends, do a few dances, and then be entertained by some of your fellow dancers.  Please send an email to if you wish to perform at the event.