Bealltainn in Athens

Bealltainn in Athens


Bealltainn Dance and Potluck

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Shade Community Center, 2380 Old Rte 33, Shade, Ohio

3:30 – 6:30 pm

With live music by Reeling Around

$10 – $15 sliding scale

This event is informal, but feel free to dress up if you wish.

Dances will be walked through at least once. Talk-throughs will be gender neutral.

Please RSVP!

Come celebrate the Celtic beginning of summer with an afternoon of dancing!

Cost: To be announced. If money is an issue we’d rather have you come than stay home. Please don’t let finances keep you away!

Please bring a potluck item to share. We’ll enjoy a sit-down meal at the end of the evening.

Can’t wait to dance with you!



Strip the Willow

The Machine Without Horses

Summer Wooing

Sugar Candie

The Kelloholm Jig


Rory o’More

A Trip to Bavaria

New Year Jig

12 Coates Crescent

Antarctica Bound

Potluck dinner

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


Scottish Workshop and Dance in Kentucky


A Workshop & Dance in Kentucky

When: Saturday, March 2

Stretch your brain and body with a workshop by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society certificated teacher TRACEY APPLEBEE:

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

Experience level: The workshop is recommended for dancers who know the basic steps (Skip Change, Slip Step, Pas De Basque, Strathspey travelling and setting), as well as Reels of 3 and 4, Corner figures, Poussette, and Allemande.

Men’s dress: Scottish casual

Then dance the night away at the evening social dance:

Start time: 7:30 pm

Live music by Keltricity

Men’s dress: Scottish dress
Ladies’ dress: Scottish dress casual or formal

Set list:

The Greenbelt Jig
The Falkirk Lass
JB Milne
The Kellolhm Jig
Jim Dougal of Eyemouth
The Duran Ranger
A Capital Jig
Barbara’s Strathspey
Trip to Bavaria
Pelorus Jack
The Orchards of Co. Armagh
Mairi’s Wedding

Location for both workshop and dance: Midway Presbyterian Church
103 N. Turner Street
Midway, Kentucky 40347

Please RSVP prior to March 1, 2024 to


Workshop and Dance: $35
Workshop only: $15
Dance only: $20

Two Scholarships available based on need. Please ask your teacher to write a brief note and send to

Flier with more information.

Cribs and videos for the evening dance.

Scottish Dance Workshop in Athens


A Scottish Dance Workshop in Athens

When: Saturday, January 13

Warm up your brain and body with a morning social dance: 10 am – 11:30 am. Set list

Stay for the main event — a workshop by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society certificated teacher TRACEY APPLEBEE: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

End with a potluck: 4:30 pm

Recommended donation: $10 (Pay at the door.)

RSVP required! (Space is limited.)

Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

184 Longview Heights Rd, Athens, Ohio

Experience level: Recommended for intermediate dancers familiar with strathspey, allemande, quick-time poussette, and reels of three.

We’ll share a potluck dinner at the conclusion of the workshop. So bring your dance shoes and a potluck dish to share!

For more information, please contact:

Anna Hess


Hogmanay in Athens


Hogmanay Dance Party and Potluck

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

184 Longview Heights Rd

Athens, Ohio

4 – 7:15 pm

Please RSVP!

Come ring in the New Year at the Scottish time and in the Scottish style!

We’ll be alternating RSCDS dances and ceilidh dances so everybody can participate. Dances will be taught gender neutrally (larks and robins) and will be enjoyed to recorded music.

Cost: $3 recommended donation. Unitarians and children under 12 get in free. For everyone else, if money is an issue we’d rather have you come than stay home. Please don’t let finances keep you away!

Please bring a potluck item to share. We’ll enjoy a sit-down meal at the end of the evening before ringing in the new year at midnight Scottish time (7 pm eastern time).

Can’t wait to dance with you!



The Kingston Jig (taught and called ceilidh style)
Flowers of Edinburgh
Invercauld’s Reel
Strip the Willow (taught and called ceilidh style)
Lady Catherine Bruce’s Reel


Blue Bonnets
Gay Gordons (taught and called ceilidh style)
The Saint John River
The Deil Amang the Tailors

Potluck dinner

Auld Lang Syne

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

Hogmanay Flyer

Tips for Your First Social Dance (RSCDS style)

Asking a partner to dance:

  • To ask someone to dance, say “Would you like to dance?” or “May I have this dance?” Extend a friendly hand and meet your potential partner’s eye. Once your partner agrees to dance with you, it’s polite to ask which side they’d like to dance on.
  • Don’t be afraid to be the one asking someone else to dance. Men can ask women, women can ask men, women can ask women, and men can ask men.
  • If you’d like to be asked to dance, don’t cluster and chatter with your friends. Instead, keep your body language open and make eye contact and smile as other dancers approach.
  • If you’re experienced, look for newer dancers to ask; if you’re inexperienced, look for someone skilled who will help you level up.
  • Try to dance with different partners throughout the night, both old friends and visitors you’ve never met. Moving to the diagonally opposite side of the dance hall is a great way to shake things up between dances and meet new people.
  • It is frowned upon to say no when someone asks you to dance unless you’re sitting out that dance. But if someone happens to say no to you, know the rudeness is their problem and not yours.
  • Even if you came with a partner, only dance one or two dances with that person (often the first dance, a favorite elsewhere in the set, and the last waltz). In most areas, it’s frowned upon to pre-book many (or any) dances ahead.

Forming sets:

  • Sets should form after the dance is announced or music begins. Clear the floor when no dance is in progress.
  • Join lines at the end, not the middle or top, to avoid disrupting other couples. Don’t walk through lines when finding your place on the floor.
  • Throughout the night, be sure to dance in different sets and different parts of the dance floor. It’s frowned upon to always rush to be the couple closest to the music (although if you’re inexperienced, that area is likely better than the bottom, where more tentative dancers tend to congregate).
  • The top couple counts off sets before dancing begins. Remain stationary in lines while sets form for easy counting. Ladies waiting for their partners should move to the gentlemen’s side for ease of counting. If there aren’t enough couples to form the final set, the top couple will raise the appropriate number of fingers to ask for more couples. If you’ve chosen to sit out this dance because it’s too hard for you, don’t feel pressured into dancing to make up the final set.


  • Remain quiet and listen during recaps (talk-throughs), even if you know the dance. If there’s a walk-through, be assertive and ask to be placed first to try out the dance if you’re feeling uncertain of your skills. It’s also handy to tell your partner you feel uncertain so they can cue you if you look confused. Alternatively, especially if there’s no walk-through, you can ask the set if they mind placing you at the bottom so you can watch the dance a few times before you become the active couple.
  • Dancing stops immediately if someone is injured. Otherwise, partners dance the full dance together once accepted. Do not leave your set!
  • Use eye contact throughout the dance to get cues from other dances if you’re uncertain. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner, “What’s next?!”
  • If the dance falls apart, don’t rush through past figures and try to catch up. If possible, don’t stop dancing either. Instead, figure out where you should be at a certain point in the music by watching other dancers, then start from that position. In general, when you make a mistake, a good rule of thumb is: Better never than late!
  • Be alert throughout the dance, being ready to step up or down as a supporting couple and to assist elderly or less experienced dancers. Adjust your dancing as needed to ensure everyone in your set enjoys themselves, prioritizing safety. Give cues as necessary to keep the set dancing (eye contact or gestures are better than verbal cues for many), but don’t assume one mistake means your partner needs a constant stream of commentary. We all mess up!
  • Maintain a pleasant, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere through mixing, smiling, and good spirits.
  • Most importantly — have fun!

(With thanks to a variety of sources from whom these tips were drawn.)

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.