What We Do

Scotland's National Network for Traditional Dance

As a member-led organisation, we support the development of all forms of traditional dance in Scotland.

We encourage collaboration and exchange across dance forms and the traditional arts, and work with members, the traditional arts network, policy-makers, cultural, artistic and educational organisations to create & extend opportunities across Scotland.

Click 'Play Video' to see Mats Melin present some of the core dance steps required in a variety of traditional Scottish dances.

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First Footing Dance Residency

A new tailor-made residency with international percussive dance artist and researcher Nic Gareiss, delivered by the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.

Rooted in collaboration across dance and music communities, traditional and contemporary practices, the residency spans arts organisation, educational institutions and community groups to foster deeper levels of engagement, connectivity and new support for traditional dance in Scotland.

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Step Dance Education - a day of conversation and professional development

Led by First Footing Dance artist-in-residence Nic Gareiss, this one day summit will include participatory step dance masterclasses, step dance teaching feedback sessions, speakers, informative seminars, and facilitated discussions with the aim of addressing the specific needs of Scottish step dance teachers.

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Latest News

The Latest from Traditional Dance Forum

Ceilidh Fitness. Fun for All. Through Participation, not Performance.

This guest article has been penned by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland board member and accordionist, Bernie Hewitt. As the title...
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Free Inclusive Dance Training @ Dance Base

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for dance, is offering two inclusive dance training sessions for dance artists and schools teachers. These...
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Ùrlar / Ground Movement

Wednesday, 30th January | 1:00 – 3:00pm St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, 2 Castle Street, G4 0RH Glasgow...
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