What We Do

Scotland's National Network for Traditional Dance

We support the diverse forms of traditional dance in Scotland as part of our intangible cultural heritage through FREE membership and three major routes - residencies, festivals and productions.

We encourage collaboration and exchange across all trad dance forms practised in Scotland. We work with our members, the traditional arts network and the contemporary art world, including policymakers, cultural, artistic and educational organisations to create and extend opportunities, including new commissions, publications and events.

We are a registered charity (SCIO SC045085) and an integral part of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland), alongside our friends at Traditional Music Forum and Scottish Storytelling Forum.


Our international trad dance festival


Everything you wanted to know about Pomegranates Festival but were afraid to dance? Click below and subscribe to our festival newsfeed for all the stories, films, podcasts and reviews from the first three festival years and help us sow the seeds and sequins ahead of the fourth edition of our festival of Scottish and world trad dance next spring – 25-30 April 2025.



This year the festival season started early, with our five world trad dance sessions for beginners at Edinburgh’s Stockbridge Library and continued with another 20 events, including dance exhibitions and tours, shows and workshops, residencies and family events – all free and Pay What You Can. Click below to find out more!


The Latest from Traditional Dance Forum

A dancer? Enrol in our new Traditional Dance Criticism Course

We are delighted to unveil the Traditional Dance Criticism Course – our new curatorial initiative designed to help dance practitioners advance...
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Successful Year for Pomegranates International Traditional Dance Festival

2024 was another successful year for our Pomegranates Festival which ended on 30 April. The packed five-day programme of traditional dance,...
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Pomegranates Festival Highlight: Trad Dance Residency Sharing

We are delighted to announce a new chapter in our ongoing partnership with Dance Base, Scotland’s national centre for dance. For...
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