RSCDS Duns & District

Our Dances this session

Our Classes this session

Interested in learning to Scottish country dance?

Are you already a Scottish Country dancer?

Either way, come and join us at RSCDS Duns and District Branch.

Classes, dances and our special 'May Weekend' for all to enjoy.

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Date Crib/Info Location Bands
19th October 2018 Crib Coldstream Community Centre, Coldstream TD12 4AP Frank Thomson
16th November 2018 Crib Volunteer Hall, Duns TD11 3AF Matthew Maclennan
21st December 2018 Crib & Prog (+Youtube links) Volunteer Hall, Duns TD11 3AF Marian Anderson
25th January 2019 Volunteer Hall, Duns TD11 3AF Luke Brady
15th February 2019 Volunteer Hall, Duns TD11 3AF Stuart Anderson
15th March 2019 Volunteer Hall, Duns TD11 3AF James Coutts
17-19th May 2019 65th May Weekend Volunteer Hall, Duns TD11 3AF Jim Lindsay (Friday) &
Marian Anderson (Saturday)

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Do you want to keep fit and active but want something more than that? An enjoyable evening out and the opportunity to make new friends.
That's exactly what Scottish country dancing offers. So, forget any preconceived ideas you might have and give it a try. The enjoyment and friendship you will experience for yourself, when you join Scottish country dance classes run by the RSCDS Duns and District Branch.

We run regular classes in Eyemouth, Whitsome and Paxton from September to Easter. Beginners are made very welcome. All you need are soft shoes, a love to dance and we'll find you a different partner for each dance. Our RSCDS qualified teachers will soon have you confidently joining in this very sociable way to keep fit. Along with the obvious physical benefits of dancing, it has even been proven to help stave off dementia.

As for proof of the fitness benefits, then look no further than the recent study carried out by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. To quote the study "Not only is country dancing enjoyable and sociable but there also appears to be clear evidence that it's an effective recreational exercise for particular types of fitness in later life."

Scottish country dancing, what is it?

As Scottish country dancing is part of our Scottish culture and heritage, we are trying to keep it alive. We aim to promote SCD for fun, fitness and friendship and offer classes, dances and events to suit all levels of experience. Beginners are always very welcome. It gives a very enjoyable social and physical form of exercise with the benefits for health being well documented.

Scottish Country Dancing is a form of dance comprising of Jigs, Reels and Strathspeys. Dancers are usually arranged in sets of 3, 4 or 5 couples, either in lines facing their partner or 1 couple arranged on each side of a square or triangle. The basic steps and formations, as well as dances, are what we aim to teach at our classes in order that dancers can confidently join in the fun at social dances.

Come along on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights and join in the fun. Beginners, your first night is free to come and try.


Day: Monday
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Whitsome Village Hall, Whitsome TD11 3NA

Dates: 1st October 2018 – 3rd December 2018
and 7th January 2019 – 11th March 2019


Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Paxton Village Hall, Paxton TD15 1TE

Dates: 2nd October 2018 – 4th December 2018
and 8th January 2019 – 12th March 2019


Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Eyemouth Community Centre, Eyemouth TD14 5DE

Dates: 3rd October 2018 – 5th December 2018
and 9th January 2019 – 13th March 2019


Cost: RSCDS HQ & Branch annual membership £38 includes the class fees, and members can attend any number of the classes.

Children's Class

The children's classes are run on a Wednesday afternoon during school terms.

They are aimed at Primary aged children.

There are two sessions. The first session is for younger childen and the second session is for older children.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 3.45 - 4.30pm (young) &
    4.15 - 5.15pm (older)

Venue: Duns Primary School, Duns TD11 3QQ

Contact: Julie Grainger
      01890 830318

Cost : £2 per class payable on the day

'Different' Class

These classes are run fortnightly between September and June.

They are aimed at the more experienced dancer, who will be expected to be able to dance the basic formations without a reminder, as well as being able to dance more advanced formations with just a brief walk through. The focus of the class will be on trying unusual or different dances that don't normally appear on dances held locally.

Dancers from the surrounding area, as well as Duns and District members, are most welcome to come to the class.

Day: Monday or Thursday

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Venue: Whitsome Village Hall, Whitsome TD11 3NA
or Chirnside Community Centre, Chirnside TD11 3UF

Dates: Contact us for the latest dates and venue

Cost : £2 per class payable on the day

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Scottish Charity Number SC005726
Christmas Dance (Eyemouth Class)
Volunteer Hall Duns
Friday 21st December 2018 7.30pm Ticket £6.00
Marian Andersonís Band

Dances marked with a (*) will be walked quickly during the recap

NEW YEAR JIG Jig 8 X 32 51/8

(*) CRAIGIEVAR MAGIC Reel 4 X 40 Round room

(*) UP IN THE AIR Strathspey 8 X 32 20/2



THE DREAM CATCHER Strathspey 1 X 96 Square set 45/9

NAPIERíS INDEX Jig 8 X 40 45/8

MISS JOHNSTONE OF ARDROSSAN Reel 5 X 32 5 cpl Goldring

CAPE TOWN WEDDING Strathspey 8 X 32 39/4

(*) TRIP TO TIMBER RIDGE Reel 8 X 32 52/12

Supper Interval

(*) RAMADAN-CE Reel 8 X 32 Drewry Turkish Set

(*) THE GENTLEMAN Strathspey 8 X 32 35/5

(*) CHRISTMAS AT THE HEATH Jig 7 X 32 7cpl set Snowdon Bk 1

(*) STARLIGHT Reel 8 X 32 44/1

CITY OF BELFAST Strathspey 3 X 32 3cpl 48/6


THE WIND ON LOCH FYNE Strathspey 3 X 32 3cpl Dickson

MAIRI'S WEDDING Reel 8 X 40 Cosh

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RSCDS Duns & District Branch

Secretary: Peter Davies
Phone: 01361 882582
Email: Click Here

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