Become a dance teacher through the RSCDS

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"Scottish dancing is kept alive through the teaching of others"


Offering the training that assists dancers to perfect their teaching skills has always been a key part of the work of the RSCDS.

Courses range from Basic Teaching Skills, usually held over a weekend, to the intensive Teaching Certificate, spread over several years. Find out more about becoming a teacher with the RSCDS.

Resources for teachers 

Explore our range of helpful online resources for teachers of Scottish Country Dancing. Currently we only have electronic publications but there are more to come, including teaching videos and forums, so watch this space!

Looking for something in particular? Get in touch with the RSCDS office and we can help.

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Resources for teachers

Basic Teaching Skills

These short courses provide dancers with a brief introduction to the various skills involved in teaching SCD. They are held frequently, wherever and whenever there is sufficient local interest.

Core Training for Instructors

The CTI is planned to solve problems of access to existing RSCDS teacher training by making extensive use of digital media and mentored teaching practice.

Teaching Certificate

Spread over 2+ years and providing a thorough grounding, the Teaching Certificate includes two examined training courses in teaching skills, a practical dancing exam and mentored teaching practice.

Ready to teach?

Are you ready to teach SCD?

Feel you have had a good grounding and can now teach confidently? Why not start teaching for your Branch, school or group of local enthusiasts?

Our teachers’ pages can provide you with help, support and ideas to get you ready to begin teaching Scottish Country Dancing.

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Help with funding.

Attending Summer School or financing a local teachers’ course may be difficult, so explore funding options through the RSCDS.

learn about our Scholarships

Scholarships and funding

Moving up a level

Training teachers means having suitable people to train and assess them, and the RSCDS is always looking for support from our community. 

Are you a very experienced teacher? Then why not become a mentor, tutor or examiner? We encourage you to find out more about taking your teaching skills to the next level.

Find out How

Teach and assess the teachers

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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.

We encourage you to try Scottish Country Dancing for yourself to see just how much fun it can be, so please come along and learn how to 'Dance Scottish'. 

Wherever you are in the world there is most likely Scottish Country Dancing.

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