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for health, happiness, fun, fitness and sociability

Classes, social dancing, social events, formal dances and balls

“When you’re dancing, you’re in your own world. Nothing else matters. All worries, frustrations, and stresses are put on hold.”

Thousands of dancers all over the world will agree that

“Happiness is Scottish Country Dancing”.

We dance at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church hall, London Road, Reading RG1 5BD (entrance via the car park on Craven Road).

Reading St Andrew’s Scottish Dancing Society is a friendly group, keen to share this wonderful activity with new members, including those who already have experience of Scottish Country Dancing and those who are new to it. If you’ve never done it before but have previous experience of dance (ballet, Irish, country, ballroom, etc.), you are likely to pick up the steps and formations quickly. For the dancing novice, there are plenty of more experienced people to help and, with some initial commitment and lots of enthusiasm, the rewards are huge. Technical expertise is not essential to having a great time. Read more about Scottish Country Dancing.

  • Fun for all ages and abilities, including those who are able to dance to a high standard with good technique as well as those who have little technique but can move in time to the music and be in the right place at the right time.
  • No need to come with a partner.
  • Friendly, sociable groups.
  • Excellent for physical and mental health. Read more.
  • Uplifting music, usually recorded for classes but with live bands for regular special events.
  • If you don’t have dancing shoes, any flat, soft shoes are fine to start with. Men don’t need to wear a kilt – just any comfortable clothing.
  • You don’t need to be Scottish!
  • Our General and Advanced Classes in Reading are a mix of technique practice and social dancing.

As well as weekly classes/social dancing, we also hold a formal Annual Ball and two dances, all with live music. We have a Christmas Party, a Burns’ Supper and a Summer BBQ.