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About Scottish country dancing

Scottish country dancing is a fun and sociable form of dancing with roots that go back centuries. Dances tell stories, commemorate events and keep a cultural heritage alive.   Scottish country dancing was traditionally danced in the cottages, towns and cities of Scotland.  Today it is enjoyed around the world.  In addition to being sociable, Scottish country dancing provides good physical and mental exercise.


About the PSCDS

The Peterborough Scottish Country Dance Society (PSCDS) is a voluntary, non-profit organization run by its members.  Anyone can become a member by paying an annual fee.  The membership fee for 2022-2023 has not yet been set.


To participate in weekly dance classes you need to either become a member, or pay as you go (currently $5 per class).  

 Scottish country dancing worldwide

When you participate in Scottish country dancing, you join a vibrant worldwide community.  There are clubs on every continent, including Antarctica!  There are clubs in nearly 50 countries around the world, including many across Canada.  You will be able to participate in dances, workshops and balls in many locations.

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About the music

One of the glories of Scottish country dancing is the music.   It is a special musical world all of its own.  The range is vast.   Some tunes are centuries old; some may have been written last month.  The tunes range from fast, joyful reels to haunting strathspeys.  They come from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the USA and elsewhere.   The music you hear at a dance is not chosen at random.  It is carefully chosen to match the needs of the dance, so much so that dancers and musicians really work as a team.  

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