ABOUT OUR SOCIETY
History of Scottish Country Dancing in Medicine Hat
Scottish Country Dancing in Medicine Hat was started in the mid-1940s
by a small group of dedicated individuals. In 1976, the group became a
registered Alberta Society as the Medicine Hat Scottish Country
as well as an affiliate of the Royal Scottish Country
Dance Society of Scotland (The RSCDS). The group continued to flourish
and in 1981 became a branch of the RSCDS.
In 2017, we will host our 42nd Annual Workshop,
Banquet and Ball
. Each year we enjoy seeing our old friends and
meeting new ones.
What is Scottish Country Dancing?
Scottish Country Dancing is traditional social dancing that was derived
from the court dances of the middle ages. Couples dance a series of
vary from dance to dance. These dances are characterized by their
primarily longwise sets and unique progressions. Country dancing first
found popularity in the Tudor and Elizabethan courts. This popularity
quickly spread to the French and other European centres, as well as the
As the 19th
century progressed, country dancing declined in
popularity in Europe as other new social dances gained in popularity.
Only in Scotland did country dancing continue to flourish along with
the new dances. By the outbreak of the 1st
country dancing had survived in Scotland for over 200 years, but its
popularity was starting to decline. It was due to the hard work of the
RSCDS, that country dancing has maintained its popularity into the 21st
A Brief History of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
The Scottish Country Dance Society was created 26 November 1923 by Miss
Jean Milligan and Mrs. Ysobel Stewart. Its objectives were to practise
and preserve country dances as they were danced in Scotland by
collecting old books, manuscripts and pictures of country dancing, and
by publishing new books and music. In 1951, King George VI gave his
permission for the society to use the word "Royal" and thus the Royal
Scottish Country Dance Society was born.
Today the RSCDS is a worldwide organization with over 25,000 members,
200 branches and 500 affiliated groups. Its objectives today are as
important as ever.
Membership within the branch is open to all persons over the age of
16. A special membership is available to those under 16. For more
information, please contact us.
Workshop Travel Expenses
For Medicine Hat members who travel to out of town workshops,
reimbursement of accommodation and workshop fee may be available.
Submit the Expense
with invoices to the treasurer.