Find fun, fitness and friendship with a Scottish country dance group in Dumfries & Galloway

Ready. Together. To dance! Are you looking for new ways to find fun, fitness and friendship? Scottish country dancing might be for you.

There are local branches in Annan, Lockerbie, Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Annan

After lengthy closures and pandemic restrictions in many places, indoor classes and events have recently returned across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Now the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, thanks to a public awareness campaign Ready. Together. Dance!, wants to encourage new people to get up and try.

Scottish country dancing is great for people of all ages and backgrounds because: • It’s fun and good for your physical and mental health.

• It is a social activity that helps you make friends in your area.

• It is Scottish dance and music, steeped in Scottish culture and heritage.

It is very easy for newcomers to start. You don’t need experience, you don’t need special equipment, you don’t need to have a partner – and you certainly don’t need to be Scottish!

Lorna Ogilvie, President of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) said: “Scottish country dancing is enjoyed by thousands of people in Scotland and countries around the world and we would love to see more people join our family of dancers. . It’s a wonderful way for people of all ages and backgrounds to have fun, stay fit and make friends and we hope to see more people on the dance floor.

If you’re completely new to Scottish country dancing, don’t be nervous. You can visit the nearest RSCDS branch to get a taste of what it’s all about. Finding one is easy using our branch and group locator.

Our website also has a beginner’s guide to Scottish country dancing, with all your questions answered. And you can start improve your physical condition before starting with our online classes.

The RSCDS also encourages branches and groups to reach out to new dancers. We have information and advice for chapters and members on how to spread the word in their communities.

If you’ve never tried Scottish country dancing and you’re still not sure, listen to some of our RSCDS members.

Ruth Beattie from Glasgow Branch said: “I love dancing because it gives me immense joy and it’s a wonderful exercise. London and Oxford branch member Jan Collings said: “It makes me feel alive, fit and happy.”

Forres member Mark Nash added: “I love dancing because I’m transported to a different place, losing all my worries and enjoying each other’s company in the spirit of fun, fitness and of friendship.” Louise Msika of the Aberdeen branch said she loved “the buzz of a floor full of dancers”.