Scottish country dancing (SCD) is the main form of Scottish social dancing. It unites the footwork of early French ballet with the figures and sociability of Gaelic, English, and French country dancing. SCD is performed in couples, most frequently in sets of four couples arranged in lines of women facing men, but also in square or other-shaped sets. Dances are either in quick time (reels and jigs) or in the statelier, idiomatically-Scottish strathspey time, and consist of dancing various patterns (“figures”) across the floor.

The Chicago Branch sponsors two general SCD classes in the greater Chicago area: Loch Michigan, and Silk and Thistle, and one technique class for advanced dancers.  In the Chicago area there is also Scottish Country Dancing with the Evanston Scottish Country Dancers. Anyone with an interest in all things Scottish and/or dancing is welcome to attend the general classes. You do not need to bring a partner and no prior dancing experience is necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes and come have a good time.

The Chicago Branch partners with the Madison and Milwaukee groups to sponsor a weekend workshop each year in early June. This is a fun event with a Friday night Welcome Dance, classes most of the day Saturday, a Banquet and formal Ball Saturday night followed by a ceilidh, and classes Sunday morning. Each year in January, the Branch has its New Year’s Ball and Tea Dance. Throughout the year there are also social dances and open houses put on by the various Branch classes.

Meet your Chicago Branch 2019-2020 Committee of Management

Charles Coulon, Chair

Sue McKinnell, Treasurer

Toni Robinson, Secretary

Gwen Leyffer

Mady Newfield

Barry Robinson

The Chicago Branch now has a blog and a Facebook page. Check them out!

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