Ribble Valley Branch
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society,
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About the RSCDS
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The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) is an organisation which has branches throughout the United Kingdom (also in North America, and other countries in Europe and throughout the world).
The Society was formed (as the Scottish Country Dance Society) in 1923, in Glasgow, by a small group of people who were concerned that this traditional dance form was dying out through becoming too boisterous in the way it was being done. They sought to bring back an older and more courtly form of the dance. This seed 'fell on fertile ground', and within a year branches had been formed in several Scottish cities. In 1951, King George VI gave the Society its royal title, with Princess Elizabeth as patron; as Queen, she continued to be our patron for the rest of her long life.
Aims of the RSCDS
The Society’s aims are to promote dancing as a rewarding, sociable, healthy pastime, and to promote live and recorded music.
The Society promotes its aims through teaching in classes such as ours, and to run social dances from time to time. The natural home of Scottish Country Dancing is in the ballroom; that is to say, it is dancing in a social setting. You will find that our class nights are also social evenings out; that being so, they have, in themselves, served one of our main purposes in running them.
RSCDS Winter and Summer School
The Society runs a Summer School every year in St. Andrews, Fife; also a Winter School, recently in Pitlochry, Perthshire.
See the links on RSCDS website link.
Membership of the RSCDS is through the Branches. See membership.