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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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The Art of Treepling | 7-9 June

A mini-festival of percussive dance culminating the First Footing residency including public workshops, masterclasses, work-in-progress showings, dance-for-camera screenings, panels and performances.


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TDFS & Dance Base Residency Call Out

This residency provides artists with an opportunity to undertake creative exploration rooted in, or influenced by, traditional Scottish dance and culture.

Dance Base and the Traditional Dance Forum have come together on this because we know traditional artists interested in exploring their creative practice, and vice versa, contemporary artists enthused to explore Scottish tradition. We believe tradition is an ever-changing and evolving thing and these residencies aim to help make this evolution happen.

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Dantza Screening + Traditional Basque Dance

A celebration of Basque Traditional Dance in the most contemporary way possible. Friday 26 April | 7:30pm | Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh...
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The Art of Treepling

SAVE THE DATE Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June @ venues across Edinburgh   A mini-festival of percussive dance culminating the...
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RSCDS Office Manager Post

Type: Full-Time, Permanent Location: Edinburgh Salary: £33,000 – £35,000 Closing Date: Noon, Tuesday 30th April 2019   Job Description The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society...
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