to the Ceilidh
To celebrate 60 years of Scottish Country Dancing
in N. Ireland the RSCDS Belfast Branch are holding
a Friday night Ceilidh and Saturday of Scottish
Country Dancing workshops. Saturday will end
with a Dance to the music of one of the finest
bands from Scotland. At a ceilidh you need no
experience of Scottish Country Dancing - all
the dances are easy to do. Come as a group and
this will be an evening out you will all remember
with pleasure. Come on your own and make new
I have been dancing for about 10 years and like
many other people it keeps me fit and spares
me the appartus and "unique perfume" of
many gyms! I have made many friends and actually
met my husband at one of the bigger dances a
few years ago!
SCD is weight bearing therefore it builds bone
density helping prevent osteoporosis. It also
It is mildly aerobic therefore helps improve
circulation, strengthens heart muscles, and raises
fitness levels. 30 mins of fairly easy dancing
burns approx.160 calories: the equivalent of
20 minutes of vigorous swimming, a half hour
of moderate housework, sponge washing the car
or 13 hours of kissing !
Release of endorphins provides improved sleep
patterns and reduced levels of stress and tension.
Building new friendships is a very common feature
of SCD. Participation in a group activity builds
self confidence through hands – on learning
(or is it feet first learning?).
SCD is a structured form of dance which men
enjoy. It also appeals to those who regard themselves
as “scientific” rather than “arty”.
Scottish Country Dancing became popular in Northern
Ireland in the 1940’s. Ceilidh Dancing
was part of many communities with Scottish ancestry.
Social conditions and the popularity of free
form music and dance in the 1970’s led
to a dramatic decline in the numbers of people
participating in SCD between 1976 and 1990.
SCD is a non denominational activity enjoyed
all over the world. It uses both Scottish and
Irish folk music. New dances are published each
year so it is a living heritage.
There are currently over 400 Scottish Country
Dancers in Ulster. Many of them have other hobbies
in summer such as walking groups, waterskiing,
travelling; SCD is a good way to keep fit over
the winter (our season usually runs end of September
If you would like ot find out more about this
activity there is a wenbsite for N. Ireland Dancers
See you at the Ceilidh! You don't have to be
Scots to do it!