Dance Links

Here are some links to interesting resources elsewhere on the Web. Note that the inclusion of commercial entities in this list is for information only and does not imply any endorsement of the products or services offered.

See the groups page for links to SCD groups around the world.

SCD Bodies and Important Web Sites

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
The main WWW site maintained by the RSCDS. Includes information for the general public as well as for members (contact your branch secretary or HQ for the login information — do not ask on Strathspey!).
Grand Chain
Ian Brockbank's pages about Scottish dance and music (not just country dancing but highland and ceilidh dancing as well), based in Edinburgh
Inter-city Scot Online
The Inter-city Scot is a newsletter of Scottish Country Dance events in North America. Also contains information on North American SCD classes, group contacts and web pages. It is being maintained by Patricia Donaldson and Tim Harrison.
Celtic Circle
»Celtic Circle«, operated by Volker and Annette Wörtmann and Peter Wöll, is the premier resource for listings of SCD events and contact information for SCD groups in continental Europe.
Teachers' Association of Canada
An association of SCD teachers (not confined to Canada). Also includes TACsound and TACbooks, purveyors of fine dancing materials, and the TACtalk magazine, as well as information about the annual TAC summer school.
Eight By Thirty-Two
A »blog«, run by Lara Friedman-Shedlov, which specialises in (draft) dance descriptions. A great way to publish a new dance and get feedback.

Databases, Cribs and Useful Paraphernalia

Charles Upton's MiniCribs
A method of manufacturing crib sheets for Scottish dance programs, based on Microsoft Word files. Refresh your memory at the next ball!
DanceMaster, by Dirk Taeger
A Windows program to aid with drawing dance diagrams in the style of Scottish country dances in diagrams a.k.a. »Pilling« or »the wee green book«. We would like to hear from people who have actually used this, to find out whether is actually any good or even still runs on current Windows computers.
Instructional Videos for SCD (and other stuff)
This site offers instructional Videos for Scottish Country Dancing, Scottish Sequence Dancing, Highland Dancing and Ladies Step Dancing. They also have a video which recounts the history of the RSCDS.
Ceilidh and Country Dance Instructions
This site offers instructions for ceilidh and some country dances (see also the Grand Chain page above).

Equipment

St. Andrew's Shoemakers Ltd. (formerly »James Senior«)
Well-known manufacturer of dance shoes, in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Hullachan
Another manufacturer of high-class Scottish dance shoes.
Scottish Dance Shoe Company of Lancashire, England
Yet another dance shoe manufacturer.
Dance Enterprise (Leicester, England)
Yet another manufacturer of dance shoes, kilts, and socks.

Other Aspects of Scottish Dancing

Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing
The SOBHD is in charge of most highland dance competitions.
Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust
An organisation devoted to researching and furthering traditional dancing in Scotland. This includes SCD, highland, step and ceilidh dancing.
A Django site.