Scottish Country Dancing in the Washington, D.C. Area, the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia Branches of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

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Top of page Area SCD Events

  • A Capital Weekend
    A dance workshop sponsored by the Washington Branch, RSCDS, usually held the first or second weekend of April, in Maryland.
  • Scottish Weekend
    A dance workshop sponsored by a group of Scottish Country Dancers from the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia area dance groups, held on a weekend in September, at Timber Ridge Camp in High View, WV.
  • Argyle Weekend
    A dance workshop sponsored by the Northern Virginia Branch, RSCDS, held the first or second weekend of November, in Northern Virginia.

Top of page SCD Dance Trips

  • ScubaDance
    A combined scuba diving and Scottish Country Dancing trip led by Mel and Ellie Briscoe. If you don't do Scottish dancing, you can still participate and learn it on the spot. Kilts are not required! There are plans for a Scottish dance underwater, in 3 dimensions.

Top of page SCD Resources

Also see our Hints & Tips page for links to and information about dance supplies, dance instructions, and general SCD guidance.

Top of page Area Folk Dancing

  • CelticDistrict: Celtic Events and Groups in D.C.
    Dance, music, concerts, festivals, calendar, history, shopping, and more.
    Also see the Dance page.
  • The Thistle Dancers
    The Thistle Dancers, led by Susan W. Hyams, are a group of highland dancers who perform the traditional dances of Scotland. They perform regularly at area Scottish events, and present an annual concert, Something Scottish, every March. Highland dancing classes are available.
  • Folklore Society of Greater Washington
    FSGW presents over 200 folk events in the Washington, D.C. area each year, including festivals, concerts, dances and swaps.
    Also see the Dance Calendar.
  • DCDanceNet
    A source for Washington, D.C. area dancers with information on dance news and upcoming events.
    Also see Links to Dancing in the Mid-Atlantic, the USA, the World.
  • Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo Park
    The Friday night dances are brought to you by the Friday Night Dancers, Inc. (a nonprofit, community-based organization) in cooperation with the National Park Service, Montgomery County, and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Dances are held every Friday evening from 8:30-11:00 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Top of page Area Musicians

  • Elke Baker, fiddle
    1995 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, member of Terpsichore, and leader of the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club.
  • Liz Donaldson, piano
    Plays for Scottish, English, and American contra and square dances, as well as teaching and dancing these styles. Member of Terpsichore, Waverley Station, and many more bands!
  • Terpsichore
    The duo of Elke Baker and Liz Donaldson, frequently joined by Ralph Gordon to form a trio. Contact Elke Baker for bookings, orders, and information.
  • David Knight, fiddle
    Fiddle for Dance and Performance: Contra, Scottish, English, Irish. Member of Waverley Station and Thistle House.
  • Dave Wiesler, piano
    Events ranging from studio work, parties, and concerts to dances of many flavors (contra, swing, vintage, couple dance, English and Scottish country dance). Member of Thistle House and many more bands
  • Andrew Marcus, accordion
    Accordion for Scottish, contra, and more.
  • Becky Ross, fiddle
    Becky plays regularly for Scottish and English Country Dances in the D.C. area. She also performs with Peat & Barley and the Homespun Ceilidh Band.
  • The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club
    The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club is for people who like Scottish fiddle music -- whether you play it, want to learn it, or just like listening.

Top of page Area Scottish Events


Top of page Area Scottish Heritage

  • Clans of Scotland U.S.A.
    The organization was formed in Alexandria, Virginia in 1962 as a way of promoting good fellowship among those people residing in the Washington area, and beyond, who are interested in Scottish culture.
  • St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C.
    The Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C., with origins dating back to 1760, is a charitable and social organization of men of Scottish birth or ancestry. It is not affiliated with any religious institution.