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News & Information for Northern Virginia Branch Class in Alexandria

Fall and Spring Classes

The Northern Virginia Branch offers two classes, a beginner class and a general class.

Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:45 p.m. at The Durant Center.

Drop-in fee $8 for those who have not paid semester tuition.

Please also look below for Branch information and our snow policy.

Spring 2019 Introduction to Scottish Country Dance

Starting on January 30, 2019, our ten-week FUNdamentals course will ease you into the elegant and lively form of Scottish Country Dancing. Perfect for people with no or limited experience in dance, get ready to enjoy toe-tapping music, good company and great fun. By the end of the course, new dancers will be familiar with basic Scottish Country Dance steps and formations. Whether you want to set the dance floor on fire or just find a fun way to keep fit, Scottish Country Dance is a great and accessible activity for all ages.

Scottish Country Dancing, the social dancing of Scotland, has been enjoyed in the barns, ballrooms and village halls of Scotland for at least 250 years. You don't need a partner, since it's common practice to dance with different partners during a night of dancing, and you don't need to have Scottish heritage, either!

For class, it's best to wear soft-soled sneakers, jazz or ballet shoes; loaner dance shoes, or ghillies, are also available.

The course fee is $50, payable by cash or check at the second class (February 6). To see what Scottish Country Dancing is all about, please come watch our Burns Night Celebration on January 23. You'll see us dancing, hear live music, and be inspired to take our introductory course starting on January 30.

Classes meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays starting on January 30, 2019, at The Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Parking is free and the building is located two blocks from the King Street Metro station.

For more information, please e-mail

Branch Information

Dances Taught

Missed a class, or want to know the name of a dance done in class? Check the list of dances taught from May 2005 - April 2008.

Snow Policy

There is no dancing if the City of Alexandria government closes offices due to inclement weather; the Durant Center also closes, and we will not be able to dance.

Information on local closings and delays: