Advice for dancers

Health benefits of Scottish country dancing

Dancing is very good for your heart and lungs and will also improve your balance and bone density. Scottish country dancers often have better agility, stronger legs and walk more briskly than other people. Learn more about the health benefits of Scottish country dancing

Some dances are more physically demanding than others. Dancers are encouraged to be warmed up and stretched properly before they begin – and they should do the same after dancing. 

Scottish country dancing is also good for your mental health. It can help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation. 

COVID-19: Current advice and guidelines

In-person Scottish country dancing was replaced by virtual classes and events for more than a year. But, since Scotland moved to 'Beyond Level 0' on 9th August, RSCDS Branches and Affiliated Groups have been gradually working their way back to normality. 

For newcomers and would-be dancers, here is an idea of what to expect currently (subject to Government changes):

  • Hand sanitiser may be available at the venue or supplied by the Branch or Group. But you should take your own just in case. Dancers are encouraged to wash and sanitise their hands regularly
  • Dancers should also take their own water and refreshments, as kitchen facilities and vending machines may be out of bounds. Where hot drinks are provided, dancers should think about taking their own mug or cup
  • In Scotland, wearing masks in public places indoors is still mandatory. You will need to wear them as you enter and leave the building, as well as at other times when you are not dancing. However, dancers will be allowed to have hand contact and do not need to wear face masks while dancing indoors
  • Each venue may have its own specific guidance on hygiene, use of toilets, making bookings and payments etc. You may find that at venues with no air conditioning, doors and windows will be open for ventilation as much as possible. If you have any questions, do check ahead with your local Branch or Group
  • We recommend doing some warm up exercises before you arrive at a class or beginners’ event. This will help to avoid any tweaks or stiffness when you start dancing. There are lots of RSCDS online classes available for tips on how best to warm up. Teachers may also introduce additional warm-up activities



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There are 159 RSCDS Branches and over 300 Affiliated Groups in more than 50 countries around the world, located on all continents (except Antarctica).

They organise and run classes, dances and other social events in their own areas and are committed to helping develop Scottish Dance and Music for future generations.

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