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News & Information for Northern Virginia Branch Class


The Northern Virginia Branch offers in-person classes year-round on Thursdays (except holidays) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All classes meet in person at The Woman's Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington, VA.

Summer 2024 monthly Zoom classes will be on select Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT. There is a $5 Zoom class drop-in fee, which can be paid at the PayPal link under General Classes. For further information, please email

Beginner Classes

Scottish Country Dancing has been enjoyed in the barns, ballrooms and village halls of Scotland for at least 250 years. You don't need a partner, since it's common practice to dance with different partners during a night of dancing, and you don't need to have Scottish heritage, either!

Perfect for people with no or limited experience in dance, Scottish Country Dancing is a social activity!

For class, it's best to wear soft-soled sneakers, jazz or ballet shoes; loaner dance shoes, or ghillies, are also available.

Beginning dancers are welcome to join our ten-week fall 2024 beginner class, which we call our FUNdamentals class. Come try it at our Kickoff class on September 12, 2024, then join the FUNs class starting on September 19, 2024. The series will cover all of the key dance steps and basic figures, so that you can feel confident as you reel and jig to lively Scottish music. Dancers of all experience levels who want to concentrate on the basics are welcome to dance in this class. The FUNdamentals will meet at the same time as the General class at the Woman's Club of Arlington, and will join the experienced dancers at the end of each Thursday evening dance session to practice what you've learned. We recommend wearing flexible shoes that let you skip or hop, and loose, comfortable, clothing.

The FUNdamentals class fee for new first-time dancers is $60 for all 10 sessions, payable by the third class on October 3, 2024. Returning dancers, and new dancers wishing to continue after the series concludes, may attend the FUNdamentals class by paying the regular class rates described below under the heading "General Classes."

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General Classes

For Summer 2024 (May through August), cost for in-person class is a drop-in fee of $8 for RSCDS Northern Virginia members and $10 for non-members. Dancers may pay using the online link below, by cash, or by check payable to RSCDS Northern Virginia Branch.

Pay drop-in fee on-line (PayPal):
Click the down arrow in the box below to see the options (non-member, member, Zoom). Then, please enter the class date(s) for which you are paying. After you have added the class drop-in fee to the PayPal shopping cart, please verify that the quantity matches the number of dates you entered.

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Alternatively, Northern Virginia Branch members may pay $125 for the Summer 2024 (May through August) session in person, or online under Northern Virginia Branch Membership.

Branch Information

Dances Taught

Missed a class, or want to know the name of a dance done in class? Check the dances taught, September 2014-present, also May 2005-April 2008.

Snow Policy

There is no dancing if the Arlington Public Schools close due to inclement weather.

Information on local closings and delays: