RSCDS New York

The New York Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society invites you to join the worldwide community of dancers who thrill to fast-moving jigs and reels and stately strathspeys. Learn or polish your dancing skills in the friendly atmosphere of our classes. Share the joys of Scottish dancing and pageantry at our parties and Highland Balls. All welcome! No experience necessary! Come with or without a partner.


April 11 basic class time/room change and experienced class canceled. The basic class will still meet on the 11th, but please assemble in the lobby by the elevators (where you usually enter St. Bart's) at 7:45 so that we can walk to the temporary classroom together (it's a bit hard to find). Class will start at 8. The experienced class that evening will be canceled. Normal class time/location will resume on April 18.

Basic class registration is currently closed. We will next be accepting brand-new dancers in September 2019. Check back here in late summer for the fall schedule, or feel free to join our Meetup group to be notified that way. Alternatively, visit our friends at Scotia Dancers to see if they are running a beginners' series that might work for you in the meantime! (Experienced visiting dancers are always welcome to drop in for an evening whenever they are in town.)

RSCDS New York members interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's Take the Floor. Visit the BBC Radio Scotland website to hear interviews with some of our members and their favorite tunes (segment starts at 1:25)! Interviewees include former presidents Tom Marshall and Ellen Sears, teachers Xiaowen Yu and Deborah Leary, and dancers Mary Gray and Emily Russell.

Upcoming Events

Kilts and Ghillies Tea Dance April 27, 2019. Connecticut.

Annual General Meeting May 9, 2019. The meeting is held during the break in our regular class evening at St. Bart's (the usual class location). Voting is restricted to branch members. All attendees dance for free this evening.

Pawling Weekend May 17-19, 2019. Berkshire Hills, Copake, NY. Join us for a weekend of classes, balls, and parties. Click here for info and registration!

Westchester Ball June 15, 2019. Scarsdale, NY.

The New York Scottish Country Dancing Meetup Group
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New York Branch