A Centenary Celebration of Scottish Country Dancing: Dayton


A Centenary Celebration of Scottish Country Dancing

Saturday September 30, 2023
Michael Solomon Pavilion
2917 Berkeley Street #3
Dayton Ohio 45409

2-5 pm

Featuring Live Music with Elissa Hock piano and Arthur McNair accordion

Of the band “Highland Square “

Cost $25 ; Light tea provided


Waltz to Iowa warm up waltz
EH3 7AF 32 J 3c RSCDS 40
Flowers of Edinburgh 32 R 3c RSCDS 1
Neidpath Castle 32 S 3c set RSCDS 22
None So Pretty 40 R 3c RSCDS 19
Anna Holden’s Strathspey 32 S 2c RSCDS 42
Farewell to Balfour Road 32 J 5c set RSCDS 52
General Stewarts Reel 32 R 3 c RSCDS 10


Old Man of Storr 32 R 3 c RSCDS for children
The Queen City Salute 32 M RSCDS 37
Ladies Fancy 32 J 2c RSCDS 13
Scott Meikle 32R 4 c RSCDS 46
Gothenburgs Welcome 32 J 3 C RSCDS 37
Rakes of Glasgow 32 S 2 c RSCDS 11
Alan J Smith 32 J 3 c RSCDS 45

Use this link to see the list of dances along with tabs to see cribs, diagrams, and videos when available.


Fun was had by all!

Dayton Centennary dance
Circle four hands round

2023 winter/spring balls

Two balls are coming up in the next few months: January 21 in Lexington (information below) and March 25 in Pittsburgh.

Lexington Scottish Country Dance Society

Saturday January 21, 2023

Midway Presbyterian Church, 103 N. Turner Street, Midway, KY.

2 pm

Cost $8

Recorded Music

The Happy Meeting

Rakes of Glasgow

Catch the Wind

Jubilee Jig

Delvine Side

The New River Reel

The Cranberry Tart

Seann Triubhas Willican

** Irish Rover (**For those who know the dance)

Greenbelt Jig


Reel of the Royal Scots


Introduction to Scottish Country Dancing and Demonstrations

Looking for something fun and different for your next group or club meeting, class or family reunion, business offsite, or other gathering? Why not try Scottish Country Dancing?

Beginner dance classes

Introductory Lessons: The Flying Ghillies are available to teach one- to two-hour introductory lessons in Scottish Country Dancing to groups of eight or more adults or teenagers. Scottish Country Dancing fosters teamwork, is good exercise for the body and the brain, and (most importantly) is great fun.


  • At least eight adult or teenaged participants
  • A smooth, flat, clean floor approximately 20 x 16 feet for every eight participants (hardwood floors preferred, but any smooth floor with good traction – linoleum, low-pile carpet, etc – will work)
  • Indoor, climate-controlled rooms preferred
  • Electric power for our sound equipment

Participants should wear soft-soled shoes and loose, comfortable clothes that don’t restrict movement. While Scottish Country Dancing can be pretty vigorous, anyone who can walk at a brisk pace will be able to enjoy our introductory classes.

Flying Ghillies demo team

Our Performance Team is also available for demonstrations at private and public events. In addition we have and will continue to perform at International and Celtic Gatherings as well as nursing homes and other venues.

We do normally charge a fee based on the number of performances, but this may be reduced or waived in certain circumstances.

We request 4 weeks notification for preparation and, along with the above requirements, need the following:

  • date(s) – Please pick 2-3 dates (preferred and backup possibilities).
  • time(s) – bear in mind a number of our dancers work.
  • duration of the performance
  • specific location
  • a point of contact (name/email/phone number).

We will try to accommodate all requests. However, we will need a minimum of six of our dancers and a good number of them work full time. For these reasons, we request you focus on evenings or weekends.

So What do We Mean by Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced?

From time to time we have special classes, workshops, and dances that we identify as either “basic,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.” You might be wondering what we mean by those terms, and how to tell whether or not one of those events is right for you. While there are no official definitions of basic, intermediate and advanced dancers in the Scottish Country Dancing lexicon, what follows are some guidelines you may find useful.

A basic Scottish Country Dancer is still becoming comfortable with the five basic steps and the formations listed below for intermediate dancers. Basic dancers often need to walk a dance through at least once from more than one position to learn it and will likely need help to recover from a mistake.

Scottish Country Dance

An intermediate Scottish Country Dancer is comfortable with the five basic steps and the formations listed below. By “comfortable,” we mean that if asked to dance any of the below formations, intermediate dancers would be able to do so with only a brief reminder. Intermediate dancers can usually learn a dance of moderate complexity (ex: The Montgomeries Rant, Mrs Stewart’s Jig, Monymusk and similar dances) by watching one couple walk it through. Intermediate dancers can usually recover from mistakes on their own.

Formations intermediate dancers should know include:
Advance and retire
Back to back
Balance in line
Chain formations: grand chain, grand chain for three couples, ladies’ chain
Corner formations: turn corners and partner, set to and turn corners, set to corners
Cross over
Double triangles
Figure of eight
Hands across
Hands round and back
Lead down the middle and up
Petronella turn
Pousette (in reel and jig time)
Promenade for three couples
Reels of three
Rights and lefts
Setting in line
Stepping up and down

Flying Ghillies demo teamAn advanced Scottish Country Dancers is proficient at the five basic steps and the intermediate formations, has learned additional steps like the Highland Schottische and Glasgow Highlanders setting steps and is comfortable with additional formations like the strathspey pousette, reels of four, the knot and others. By “proficient,” we mean that if asked to dance any of the intermediate formations, advanced dancers would be able to do so without a reminder and with good footwork, handing, phrasing, covering and teamwork. Advanced dancers can usually learn a dance of moderate complexity from a talk through or by reading the text description and cannot only recover quickly from their own mistakes but help less experienced dancers recover.

We have one additional level of dancer: Teacher. Teachers meet the above guidelines for advanced dancers and have completed at least Part 1 of the two-part teacher certification process of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. In addition to dancing at an advanced level, teachers have been specifically trained to teach Scottish Country Dancing and to evaluate other dancers’ level of ability and development needs.

If in doubt about what level class you should be in, ask one of your teachers! Happy dancing!

Our original dances

Want to enjoy dances created by and for dancers of Ohio? Then check out The Swelterin’ Strathspey and The July 28th Jig.

Flying GhilliesThe Swelterin’ Strathspey 3/3L · S32

Devised by: Andy May, Atia Huff, Gary Lindsey, Joyce Lindsey, Patty Lindsay, Nora Kindness, and Lee Fuell.

1–8:  1c+3c DblFig8 around 2c (1c crossing in, 3c cast up)
9–16: 1c+2c+3c set, cross RH ; set, cross LH
17–24: 1c lead down the middle and back, ending with 2c ready for)
25–32: 1c+2c ½Poussette ; 1c+3c ½Poussette

Scottish Country dancingThe July 28th Jig 3/3L · J32

Devised by: Else DeJong, Atia Huff, Stephen Huff, Joyce Lindsey, Patty Lindsay, Nora Kindness, Lee Fuell.

1–8: 1c+2c ½RHA, cross RH ; repeat
9–16: 1c cross RH, cast (2c up) ; turn LH to join RH with 1cnr
17–24: BiL, 1c turn 1¼ LH to join RH with 2cnr ; BiL, 1c turn LH into 2pl in middle and 3c step in
25–32:  1c+3c Poussette.