Virtual Festival

Virtual Festival 2024


What is the Virtual Festival?

The Virtual Festival is a competition organised by the Youth Services Committee and we invite RSCDS Branches and Affiliated Groups to enter from anywhere in the world. 


Virtual Festival 2024 - open for entries!


This year, the theme is Steps into the Future.  This year, the categories for entry are:

Book 53 – choose a dance from Book 53. You can view the list here. The book can be purchased on the RSCDS Shop. All the videos for these dances can be viewed for free on the RSCDS YouTube channel.

Creative - dancing any dance, this category allows you to use your creativity to reference the theme of Steps into the Future; we're excited to see what you produce!

You may enter one or both categories, with one video per category.

Virtual Festival 2024 - Guidance and entry information

Submission form

Top tips for filming with a phone

Closing date for submissions is 30th September 2024




Previous Festivals:


Virtual Festival 2023

Youth Services were delighted to receive 11 submissions this year, from all over the world. Many thanks to everyone who submitted a video.

Belfast Branch, Budapest Scottish Dance Club, Central Germany Branch, Lisbon Lapa Scottish Country Dance Group, Oxford University Scottish Dance Society, ROIS Dance School, Roxburgh Selkirk and Peebles Branch, SCD Basel, South West Washington State Branch, Sydney Branch, Toronto Association


Overall Judges' Winner and The People's Choice Winner was Central Germany Branch!


Winner of Dance Through the Decades category – Central Germany Branch

Winner of creative category – SCD Basel

Special commendations were received by

Oxford University Scottish Dance Society for Best Choreography

Budapest Scottish Dance Club for Best Team Work

Toronto Association as Most likely to join in with

Congratulations to our winners! 

Watch all the 2023 videos


Virtual Festival 2021


The 2021 theme was “Ceilidh, dancing and beyond”. We invited participants to come up with choreography which included at least one of the dances from this years’ Spring Fling ceilidh dance writing workshop. They were also able to include country dance, and musical or other creative ceilidh items in the dance display.


Overall Judges' Winner and The People's Choice Winner was Toronto!


    Winner of Best Team Effort was Lyon Branch


    And in the 'Most Likely to join in with' category, Belfast were the winners

    Thank you to all that took part and to all that voted in the People's Choice award.


    Watch ALL the 2021 videos


    Virtual Festival 2020

    Branches from around the world have gathered (online and in-person), and wow, they have come up with some lovely surprises. All entries were imaginative, creative and lots of fun to watch!

    With their journey to all the locations they were planning to go in 2020, Lyon Branch won the popular vote. The winners of the under 16s category are Moscow’s Deer O’Dale dancers with their beautifully danced and presented display “The Scots and the Vikings”.

    Congratulations to both winners and thank you everyone for joining the Virtual Festival 2020!

    Lyon winners:


    Moscow winners:



    The 2018 winner!

    For 2018 we asked Branches & Groups to get a group of dancers together to perform a unique dance based on the theme 'Around the World'. The routine was to be mostly made up of Scottish Country Dance steps and formations, but giving it some exotic flair! We wanted the dances, surroundings and costumes to reflect and enhance the theme – groups were inspired to do something a little different. We received 15 submissions from across the world - Branches and Groups as far away as Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Calgary participated and we are pleased to share them with the world!

    In the end, Buenos Aires Scottish Country Dancers won in 2018 with their tango-inspired choreography. You can view their submission by heading to our official YouTube channel or by clicking the video below.



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