Salt Spring Island Scottish Country Dance Club

Hello Salt Spring Scottish Country Dancers;

Here is a brief update from a recent executive meeting;

  • thanks for your email votes to approve the deferral of our AGM until May/June 2021. This has been approved by the membership;

  • we continue to “think outside the box” to try to find a way that we might return to dance. As we expect you might be missing each other and our dancing; we too are frustrated that we can’t gather in compliance with provincial health guidelines. We were made aware that larger dance venues might now be available and we had a thorough discussion of how we might develop our own dance protocol to meet provincial regulations (gloves, masks, separation, improved ventilation, no hand holding, small groups etc.). However, now in our second wave and despite our problem solving efforts, we are not comfortable recommending any form of return to dance at this time. No other clubs that we know of are planning to return to dance anytime soon;

  • given the lead time required to host our Burns Night, we are also in the unfortunate position of having to cancel our usual Fulford event;

  • on a more positive note, we will continue our efforts to maintain our “virtual” connection and explore ways that we might safely gather. Any ideas are welcome - maybe we could hold an outdoor event? More to follow.

Your feedback is welcome. Feel free to reply with any comments or suggestions.

Best wishes from your club executive - we hope you are well and continuing to stay safe and healthy.

Your SSISCDC Executive

In lieu of weekly dancing we are sending out regular emails related to dancing.

Link to Sept 14 Email News Learning Dances

Link to Sept 21 Email News Audio Files for Reel Hornpipe Jig Strathspey

Link to Sept 28 Email News Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel

Link to October 11 Email News Thanksgiving Food Dances

Link to October 19 Email News The Birks of Invermay

Link to October 26 Email News Hallowe'en Dances

Link to Nov 2 Email News Queen Anne's Lace

Link to Nov 9 Email News Colonel Anne of Moy Hall

link to Nov 15 Email News Audio Files for Strathspey Gang the Same Gate Lea Rig Our Highland Queen

link to Nov 23 Dancing Email The Duke of Atholl's Reel

link to Nov 30 Dancing Email The Swilcan

link to Dec 7 Dancing Email Index of John Drewry Dances, Queen Mary of Scotland

link to End of 2020 Message

link to Jan 4 Email Maxwell's Rant

link to Jan 11th Email Phrasing and Covering, The Minister on the Loch.

link to Jan 18th Email Bill Little, Hope Little's Strathspey, Galloway Lads and Lasses

link to Jan 25th Email Burns Night

link to Feb 1st Email Attributes of SCD, EH37AF

link to Feb 8th Email Anniversary of Queen Mary's execution, Loch Leven Castle

link to Feb 15th Email Kiss Under the Stairs, Glencoe

link to Feb 22nd Email De'il Amang the Tailors

link to March 1st Email St David's Day. Ddraigh Goch (The Red Dragon)


The teacher for all classes is Richard Bennett.

Richard is a Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) teacher.

While classes are suspended check the video page for "classes" or quizzes

Salt Spring Island Scottish Country Dance Club offers classes both for beginners and more experienced dancers. Dancing is a great way to keep fit, socialize, and connect with a tradition that is centuries old, steeped in history yet still changes with the times. Scottish Country dancing extends well beyond the bounds of Scotland and may be enjoyed here on Salt Spring Island as well as world wide. There are groups in many countries and Salt Spring Island Scottish Country Dance Club loves to welcome visitors. We are a friendly, fun-loving group of dancers. Please note bringing a partner is not a prerequisite to joining in the dancing. Please wear soft soled shoes. We host an Open House at the beginning of the new term in September. The first two visits are complimentary.

Club activities include special social events throughout the year; a welcome back wine and cheese evening, annual workshops, summer dancing, Simply Scottish on Salt Spring (a weekend of workshops and dance). We encourage our club members to go to off island events hosted by other clubs and we offer opportunities for advancing our own dance technique. Look out for our annual community Robbie Burns Dinner and Dance held in January.

Mission: The purpose of the club is to promote Scottish Country Dancing in accordance with the purpose of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society.


The dues are : $85. per term regular.

Early Bird discounts : $75 term/$140 year.

Happy Tartan Day, April 6th.

For those who might not know we have a Facebook page. Go over to it and like and share !

To keep you thinking Scottish Country Dancing during the summer here is a trivia quiz based on our core book

Core Book Quiz copy.pdf
SSISCD Core Book.pdf

Our Core Book has popular dances, formations, and information about the RSCDS.

Katannuta is a book of original Salt Spring devised dances published in 2007