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 2023
To commemorate the centenary of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in 2023, this year's theme is 'Dances Through the Decades'.
Dance through the Decades - in this category we invite you to use dances from Dance Through the Decades as per the list available here.
Creative Category – dancing any dance, this category allows you to use your creativity to reference the theme of Dance Through the Decades, we're excited to see what you produce!
You may enter one or both categories, with one video per category.
Please submit entries by 15th October 2023
Previous Virtual Festivals
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.
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!
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.