Scottish Dancing at the SD Scottish Highland Games June 24

Come on down to the San Diego Scottish Highland Games this weekend, June 24 and 25!

Dance Scottish San Diego will be there, with a demonstration and participation dance immediately following the opening ceremonies on Saturday at the Main Stage (approximately 12:30 PM).

You can also drop by our table for information about classes and upcoming events.

The games will be hosting plenty of exciting entertainers and vendors, as well as athletics, highland dancing, and sheepdog trials. It’s fun for all ages!
The Facebook Page for the event is here.
Click here a link to the schedule of events.


New Beginner Series starts July 11!

Our summer beginner series in Poway begins Tuesday, July 11.

The first class is free, but if you sign up for the 8 week series on the first night, you can get $5 off! That’s right 8 weeks of dancing for $45!

Join us for great music, exciting dances, and lots of fun!

Bring a friend or come make new friends. No kilt is required.

Please wear soft-soled shoes, but no flip-flops.

Download a flyer here


Scottish-Irish Ceilidh at Balboa Park August 19

The House of Scotland in Balboa Park will be hosting a ceilidh (pronounced “kay-lee”) on August 19 at the Hall of Nations!

A Ceilidh is a lively Gaelic party with dancing and music, and this event promises to be lots of fun! There will be live Scottish and Irish music, including bagpipes, along with Scottish and Irish dancing. The Scottish Country Dancers will be participating, so come on down and have a Celtic Party!

6:00-9:00, August 19, 2017 at the Hall of Nations in Balboa Park.

Download a flyer for more information here.


Interbranch Dance September 23

The four Southern California branches will be holding our annual Interbranch Dance this September 23 in Tustin, CA, with Patti Cobb and James McQueen of the band Stringfire providing live music for the event.

Every year the San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Gabriel Valley branches get together to kick off the fall season of dancing with an exciting evening of dancing and potluck.

Watch for the program and more information coming soon!


Dance Cues and Videos now available for May 6th Dance Event

The Dance Cues and Videos for our Spring Workshop and Dance are now available here:

Dance Program:

Jig, Reel, Strathspey Dance Title Set Book
J Lady Catherine Bruce’s Reel 8×32 Graded
S Hope Little’s Strathspey 3×32 Goldring, Graded 2
R Susan Scott of San Rafael 8×32 Newitt, Let’s All Dance Too
J The Cranberry Tart 8×32 Glasspool,  7 Year Itch
S Cape Town Wedding 8×32 Book 39
R The Inimitable Derek 8×32 Goldring, Magazine
J The Hunting Horn 8×32 McBryde, SDA 66
S Balquidder Strathspey 8×32 Book 24
R General Stuart’s Reel 8×32 Book 10
J Hooper’s Jig 8×32 MMM
R Ray Milbourne 4×32 Haynes, Carnforth 1
S The Wind on Loch Fyne 3×32 Dickson, Dunedin 1
J Quarries’ Jig 8×32 Book 36
R Swiss Lassie 8×32 Book 39
S Midsummer Common 8×32 Book 49
J Bethankit 8×32 Graded 3
R The Deil Amang the Tailors 8×32 Book 14


Reminder: Please send in your registration and payment by April 29th so we can properly plan for the event. Registration forms are available by clicking this link.

More details about the event, including workshop information and a map link can be found here:

Happy Dancing! See you in May!



Spring Workshop and Dance Registration now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that full details are available for our May 6 Spring Dance event at St. Peter’s in Del Mar (click here for a map link)

The first workshop class will be at 12:00-2:00 with David Tague from Orange County. This will be his last Scottish Dance workshop before he moves eastward! Come polish your dance steps with a renowned instructor!

The second class will be from 2:30-4:00 with our own Marjorie McLaughlin. Learn about how the relationship between the music and the dance with an esteemed teacher!

Each of the classes and the evening’s dance will be accompanied with live music by Judi Nicolson of Katy, TX and Andy Imbrie of San Francisco, CA.

The evening’s dance will begin at 6:30, following a sherry reception at 5:45.


Registration is now open for the exciting event! Download a flyer with a registration form by clicking this link.

Please send in your registration form by April 29,


Fiddler Judi Nicolson recently played at a Scottish Fiddler’s of Los Angeles concert. They have a lovely biography of her here.

Pianist Andy Imbrie plays frequently for Scottish Country Dance classes and events, including in the band Reel of Seven. A biography of him can be found on the San Francisco branch website, here.