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A Century of Tradition

Scottish Country Dancing

Scottish country dancing is a lively and social form of dance that originated in the rural communities of Scotland. Rooted in both courtly and folk dance traditions, it has a history dating back to the 18th century. Today, it continues to be a vibrant part of Scottish culture and is celebrated by people of many different cultures dancing many different dances worldwide


The roots of Scottish country dancing can be traced back to the social gatherings and celebrations of Scottish communities. In the 18th century, these dances became more structured and formalized, evolving into a distinct style known for its intricate footwork, patterns, and graceful movements. The dance form gained popularity in both rural and urban settings and became a staple at social events, including weddings, festivals, and gatherings.

Scottish country dancing also has connections to the Scottish courts, where it was enjoyed as a pastime by both royalty and commoners alike. The formalization of the dances led to the creation of specific "sets" and formations, adding a level of sophistication to the dance while retaining its social and inclusive nature.

  • Social Interaction

Scottish country dancing emphasizes social interaction and camaraderie. Dancers often participate in sets or groups, fostering a sense of community.

  • Traditional Tunes

The dance is accompanied by traditional Scottish music, often played by live bands featuring instruments like the fiddle, accordion, and bagpipes.

  • Formations and Figures


Dancers perform a variety of formations and figures, including reels, jigs, and strathspeys. Each dance has a unique set of movements that dancers follow in a coordinated manner.

Key Features of Scottish Country Dancing:

Scottish Country Dancing in São Paulo

Join us at the St. Andrew Society Scottish Country Dance Group, a vibrant community that gathers on the first Monday of every month to embrace the rich traditions of Scottish country dancing. This welcoming group offers more than just dance; it's an opportunity to cultivate camaraderie, engage in invigorating exercise, and, most importantly, have fun.


Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a complete novice, our gatherings are a perfect blend of learning new dances and enjoying the timeless beauty of old favorites. The joy of movement, the lively rhythms of traditional Scottish music, and the warmth of shared experiences make our monthly meetings an enriching and delightful occasion for all. Come join us, and let's dance our way into the heart of Scottish culture together!

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