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Tricia Anderson

Dance Artist, Dance Teacher | Newburgh, Fife

TDFS Member: Tricia AndersonTricia Anderson has over 30 years experience as a dance educator. In 1997, she made a piece with 24 young people called Festivalba drawing on Scottish dance and music traditions and contemporary dance to tell a story of Scotland. In 2000 with Sheena Wellington, she formed the Young Fife Roadshow and took a group of traditional musicians and dancers to Romania to perform and teach traditional music and dance. In 2008, she worked with nursery teachers in Fife, aiming to introduce Scottish dance to pre school children. Tricia still teaches in schools, creates orginal traditional material and occasionally calls for ceilidhs!

tricia [at]


Pat Ballantyne

Dance Scholar | Aberdeen

Pat BallantynePat Ballantyne is a dance scholar at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, researching traditional Scottish music and dance. She has a particular interest in Scottish dancing masters and the influences that have contributed to the current state of traditional music and dance in Scotland.

Pat has been dancing, teaching and playing in a cèilidh band for a number of years and has taught step dance in schools, at fèisean, and at community workshops. She has performed in Scotland, Europe and in Cape Breton Island where she has learned from some of the best contemporary step dancers.

phballantyne [at]


Damian Boyd-Oatley

Dancer | Carlisle, Cumbria

Damian is a traditional dancer and is also a member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.  

He is also an active writer and member of the Society of Authors in Scotland.

damianboyd [at]


Fiona Campbell

Dance Teacher | Edinburgh

Fiona CampbellFiona Campbell grew up in New Zealand doing Scottish Country Dancing (taught by her mother), tap-dancing, jazz/theatre dance and choreographing shows including Grease. She currently is the Scottish Step Dance Tutor for Edinburgh University New Scotland Dance Group and previously also at the Scots Music Group. Fiona also dances with two adult Irish dance groups: Tir na nOg and Absolutely Legless. Through these Scottish and Irish groups, she has performed and taught at many international folk & dance festivals around Europe, the USA and New Zealand. Her interest in music through academic study (BMus & postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Policy & Management), choirs, orchestras and early/folk music has led to current volunteering roles such as Convenor of the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA), Northern Streams Festival Organiser (bringing together musicians from Scandinavia and Scotland), Traditional Music Forum Board member as well as on the Board of Neo Productions  - one of Scotland’s first black & minority ethnic theatre companies. 


Mairi Campbell

Dance Teacher | Edinburgh

Mairi CampbellMairi Campbell, award winning singer and musician, also played a key role in the reintroduction of percussive step dancing in Scotland in the early ninties. She taught classes in step all across Scotland, playing live fiddle as she did so - always keeping the dance and music and song as close as possible. 

Mairi has played for dancing with Bella McNabs dance band, The Ceilidh Collective, and has been a member of the Occasionals since 1992.  She now has her own dance band trio.




Dance Organisation | Edinburgh, The Lothians & Glasgow

CeilidhKidsCeilidhKids provide fun Scottish dancing for all the family with simple, child-friendly dances you might meet at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance. Some are adaptations of well-loved dances, others have been newly devised in traditional style with younger dancers in mind. The emphasis is always on fun and staying within the dancers' comfort zone. Nobody needs to let go of their adult's hand if they don't want to. CeilidhKids runs preschool family classes in Edinburgh, as well as parties, fundraisers, workshops, and school and nursery visits throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians, Glasgow and beyond.


Catherine Coutts

Dance Teacher, Dance Caller | Kirkcaldy, Fife

Catherine CouttsCatherine holds teaching qualifications in Highland, National and Country with the UKA, SDTA and RSCDS, having danced from age five.  She has called for ceilidh dancing since 1999. Highlights include running a workshop for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ceremonies choreography team on highland and ceilidh dancing and – with the Portobello Ceilidh Band - calling at the 50th birthday party for the Forth Road Bridge. She has taught highland to adults and children, teaching at EUNSCDS from 1994-2002, then running her own class for ten years.

Catherine likes to make sure dancers enjoy themselves, whether they are regular ceilidh-goers, first-timers, or just need a wee reminder.


Ceilidh Bands | Ken Gourlay

Dance Organisation, Venue, Teacher and Dance Caller | Edinburgh

Ken Gouelay Dance teacher and caller with six ceilidh bands. Venue manager of Lauriston Halls during the Edinburgh Fringe and ceilidhs.





Dance Company | Kingussie

DannsaNow in their second decade with as much passion for Scottish traditional dance as ever. The core dancers, Caroline Reagh and Sandra Robertson, and piper and stepdancer Fin Moore always dance to live music - fiddle, pipes and Gaelic song. The relationship between the music and dance is fundamental to their spirit and style and Dannsa take great pleasure in sharing this with communities throughout Scotland. Dannsa have had first-foot involvement in shaping many traditional dance events in Scotland; performances throughout the country and indeed elsewhere including community and schools workshops and ceilidhs as well as the successful dance festival Strathspè Away established and run by Dannsa for ten years. We are now planning for the next few years, so keep watching our website and facebook page.



Dance Organisation | Edinburgh

EdinBal is a young society dedicated to Continental European folk music and dancing. Our aim is to have fun dancing, playing music and socialising with related events - workshops, balls, concerts, etc.

We believe that these dances should be accessible to everybody, whatever your dancing ability. All we want is for you to have fun!


Rob Heaslip

Dance Artist | Edinburgh

Rob HeaslipRob is a dance artist originally from Ireland. He works between UK and Ireland, where he makes his own emsemble work, as well as collaborative works.

His works address themes of unconscious, unsought and unexpected behavious. Somewhere between contemporary dance and folk theatre he is telling stories about people, how they think, move and act amongst each other.

Rob began his career with Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, training at both The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and The University of Limerick (BA in Languages and Cultural Studies as well as a MA in Contemporary Performance).

He has a keen interest in the Gaelic languages and their communities.


Bernie Hewitt

Dance Musician | Dunfermline

Bernie HewittBernie has played for country dancing and ceilidh for over 40 years in many different countries. He is a member of the Management Board of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and has been a musician at its Summer School in St. Andrews. He is keen to promote Scottish dancing, in particular ceilidh dancing, as a means of improving people's well-being.

hewittb552 [at]


Kelvingrove Dancers

Dance Group | Glasgow

Kelvingrove DancersKelvingrove Dancers are a Glasgow based group of enthusiastic dancers who all share a love of Scottish Step Dancing. The group is organised by Kae Sakurai. Kae is originally from Tokyo, Japan, she is a qualified Highland Dance teacher and a member of SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers Association). With the background also in Ballet and Contemporary dance, Kae has become increasingly interested in Step Dancing since moving to Scotland. She has studied both here in Scotland and in Cape Breton. She regularly organises Step Dance events such as Step Swap weekend, and workshops inviting guest tutors from both Scotland and abroad. Other members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, or are musicians, singers or are new to dance. Kelvingrove Dancers are keen to promote Scottish Step Dancing. We practice with our own musicians every Thursday evening at SDTA Studios. We regularly perform community events such as at Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival (in St. Andrews in the Square). We also have open classes for beginners. We are keen to explore the links between music and dance and hope that this will develop in the future.


Linlithgow Scotch Hop

Dance Organisation | West Lothian

Linlithgow Scotch HopScotch Hop is an annual event that takes place on five consecutive Wednesday evenings in July and August in the glorious Linlithgow Palace. Lively, friendly and fun with great live music from a different top Scottish Dance band each week. Scottish dancing for all.


RSCDS Edinburgh

Dance Organisation | Edinburgh

RSCDS EdinburghThe Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Edinburgh Branch was formed in 1924. Today we promote Scottish country dancing for the fun, fitness and friendship it can provide and continue to offer classes, workshops, dances and events for all ages and experience levels.


RSCDS Glasgow

Dance Organisation | Glasgow

The Glasgow Branch of the Royal Country Dance Society (RSCDS) promote Scottish Country Dancing in the greater Glasgow area.

The branch organises dances, classes and events throughout the year for all abilities and ages. Join the branch for fun, fitness and friendship. You will be made very welcome.

Scottish Country Dancing, social dancing of Scotland, is characterised by the style of its music. You don't have to be a Scot to find your foot tapping to the irresistible rhythms of our reels, jigs and strathspeys. The dancing is fun and can be energetic - so a great way to keep fit.


Talitha MacKenzie

Dance Artist, Teacher, Ethnochoreologist, Reconstructionist | Edinburgh

Talitha MacKenzieTalitha MacKenzie is an internationally acclaimed recording artist specialising in movement-related music. Beginning dance lessons at the age of three, she has studied with some of the most prominent reconstructionists in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Dance (Ingrid Brainard, Wendy Hilton, Julia Sutton). A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, she currently lectures in Historical Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Formerly a dancer and musician with the Scottish Folk Ensemble, Drumalban, she is now a member of Les Danses Antiques and is focusing her research on the quadrilles of Nathaniel Gow and Dancing Master Barclay Dun.


Mats Melin

Dance Scholar, Teacher, Choreographer | Co. Limerick, Ireland

Mats MelinSwedish born Traditional Dancer, Choreographer and Researcher Mats Melin has worked professionally with dance in Scotland since 1995 and in Ireland since 2005. He has been engaged in freelance work nationally and internationally as well as having been Traditional Dancer in Residence for four Scottish Local Authorities. Mats co-started the dynamic Scottish performance group ‘Dannsa’ in 1999.

Mats is a Lecturer in Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. In 2015 his book One with Music: Cape Breton Step Dance Tradition and Transmission was published by the Cape Breton University Press.

mats.melin [at]



Annabel Oates

Dance Teacher | Midlothian

Qualified teacher and ceilidh dance caller. Weekly dance classes run throughout the winter months in Penicuik - open to all. As a caller, available for weddings, workshops, parties and other special occasions.

annabel_oates [at]



Ochil Scottish Country Dance Club

Dance Club | Stirling

The Ochil SCD Club has been active in Stirling for over 20 years. Scottish Country Dancing is available on Monday evenings in St. Ninian's Church Hall, Kirk Wynd with beginners from 7:00pm and more experienced dancers from 8:00pm. 

maralyn.unsworth [at] /


Leonie Sweeney

Dance Teacher | Argyll

Leonie SweeneyLeonie grew up in the South West of Ireland but has now spent longer living and dancing in Scotland where Argyll is home.  She teaches and calls for Scottish Cèilidh and Irish Set Dancing in and around her local community.  She believes traditional social dance, as well as being fun, can strengthen local communities in a variety of ways, and she is a strong advocate of accessible dancing for everyone. Leonie is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in getting many more people dancing and enjoying themselves in their local communities.


Sophie Stephenson

Dance Artist | Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire

Sophie StephensonSophie seeks to explore and expand the boundaries of traditional dance across genres within performance, theatre, film and education, She has collaborated on a number of creative projects which have led her to teach and perform at festivals throughout Scotland and internationally. She is the founding member of trad group Huradal in which dance is an integral part of performance both as a percussive response to the music and also a rhythmical impetus behind the musical arrangements. Sophie has also developmed TradBeats, a project which brings together the core elements of voice and movement through rhythm, with Gaelic mouth music, beatboxing, step dance and body percussion.


Wendy Timmons

Dance Teacher | Edinburgh

Wendy directs the MSc Dance Science & Education at the University of Edinburgh and has significant experience teaching professional dancers and dance teachers. Living in Greece for 35 years she has researched extensively in to the origins of dance in Ancient Greece, natural movement forms and the influences of these on current folk dance practice in Crete. Wendy has international publications in Human and Computer Interaction and Physical Literacy, she has presented at several International Dance Medicine Conferences and is a member of the editorial board for the Research in Dance Education Journal and the Scottish Journal for Performance.


Trinity Scottish Country Dance Club

Dance Club | West Lothian

Trinity Scottish Country Dance Club is a social country dance club for adults. They meet fortnightly during autumn, winter and spring at Edinburgh Acamedy Junior School, 10 Arboretum Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5PL. We welcome visitors and members.


Pia Walker

Dance Teacher, Dance Caller | Fife

Pia WalkerPia Walker has danced since she was 4, and after many years as a competitive ballroom dancer found that the social interaction in Scottish Country Dancing was so much more fun.  Pia has a teacher’s certificate from the RSCDS and has taught not only in Scotland, but in many other countries too.  She is also a ceilidh teacher and caller and strongly believes that Scottish Dancing should be fun and for everyone and that more should be done to promote Scottish Dancing as a great way of meeting others and keeping fit at the same time.