In Glasgow in 1923 the Scottish Country Dance Society was founded with the object of preserving the traditional dances of Scotland. King George VI gave his permission for the Society to be known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is now patron.
Newcastle upon Tyne and District Branch of the RSCDS was founded in 1950 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2000. Following a change in Scottish Charity Law this Branch became an autonomous body consisting of members of the RSCDS and sharing the objects of the Society but carrying out its administration and management independently from the Society and was registered as an independent Charity in 1997. The Society has over 150 Branches worldwide and Newcastle, with over 350 members, is one of the largest.
Newcastle Branch covers Northumberland south of the Coquet and Durham, north of the
line of the Wear to Sunderland Bridge and then due east to Hesleden and including
the whole of the Metropolitan County of Tyne and Wear. Its objects are -
• to preserve and further the practice of traditional Scottish Country Dancing
• to provide instruction in Scottish Country Dancing
• to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of Scottish Country Dancing and music by any suitable means.
To this end the Branch runs weekly classes for both adults and children, and holds 6 informal dances, a Family dance, a Highland Ball, a competitive Festival, a Day School, a Children’s Workshop and two outdoor dances annually. Publicity is achieved through a Demonstration Team who give displays both locally and abroad and the Branch continues to be actively engaged in publishing books of dances and music together with recorded music.