Meeting reports

Read the reports of our meetings with valuable tips and techniques from discussions as far back as 2010

You can search the library by title, presenter, date or any key word.

Dancing now and in the future

Dancing now and in the future

Virtual meeting      September 2020

Engaging with your dancers during Covid lockdown. The four presenters recounted how they thought SCD would work for enthusiastic dancers in a socially distanced environment.

Covid Cancelled!

Covid cancelled 

MT Hall      March 2020 

Covid cancelled.

How to do it and how to teach it

How to do it and how to teach it

Anne Taylor       September 2019

Anne shared some of her knowledge gained through many years of teaching both adults and children, then discussed the various standards of dance needed in the new Dancing Achievement Awards (DAA).

Music and SCD

Music and SCD

Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson     March 2019

Dancing is music made visible.  Making the most of music in your dance classes and working with musicians.  Techniques to get the best from sound equipment.

Inclusive dancing

Inclusive dancing

Malcolm Brown      September 2018

Teaching dancers with various abilities, thoughts on adapting the use of space, music and formations to the dancers' best advantage.

Innovation with simplicity

Innovation with simplicity

Maureen Haynes         March 2018

Derek's dances' key attribute is that they are basically simple but with innovative variations, creating exciting new formations.

The ways people learn ... Highland steps

The ways people learn ... plus...  Highland steps

Rosemary Harvey         Mervyn Short      September 2017

Sharing knowledge to raise awareness and reflective thoughts when reviewing the teaching experience.  Followed by highland steps, starting with the more familiar then advancing to technical steps.

Controlled abandon

Controlled abandon

Helen Russell          March 2017

Keeping it social with good phrasing, elegance and musicallity.

serTA 10th Anniversary weekend

serTA 10th Anniversary weekend

Pat Houghton, Anne Carter, Jane  Rose, Marilyn Watson, 

Judith and Ian Muir             September 2016

Great fun at the serTA 10th anniversary weekend. How to attract new dancers and getting the most from your class.

The chicken and the egg

The chicken and the egg

Judith and Ian Muir          September 2016

The interface between the dancer, the teacher and the musician. Integrating music and teaching and what musicians and teachers can expect from each other.

Keep teenagers dancing

Keep teenagers dancing

Marilyn Watson         September 2016 

Making it fun, group enthusiasm and growing confidence for younger people in Scottish country dancing.

Teaching technique by stealth

Teaching technique by stealth

Graham Donald               March 2016

Helping to improve dancers' technique by demonstration, looking at posture, core strength, hands and feet.

Putting on a display

Putting on a display

Paul Plummer      September 2015

Smile, eye contact and engagement between the dancers with good posture, good covering and being in the right place at the right time.

Rediscovering old dances

Rediscovering old dances

Jimmie Hill                March 2015

There are no rights or wrongs, we don't know exactly how old dances were performed or old instructions interpreted.  We attempt to marry the dance with contemporary music and dance manuals.

Getting the best out of your dancers

Getting the best out of your dancers

Sue Porter                     September 2014

Up front is good class preparation, a positive manner, enthusiasm and humour, and appropriate dress. Consider the music, the musician, the venue and the dancers in your class. 

Scottish country dancing and the internet

Scottish country dancing and the internet

Anselm Lignau                               March 2014

Scottish country dancing resources on the internet and how to set up your own website and publish information on it.  Once you have a site, keep it up to date, there is nothing worse than an out of date site.

The role of an MC

The role of an MC

Andrew Kellet        September 2013

Prepare and think about how to present dances, consider the likely standard of dancing, plan the timings and leave time for encores. Do work closely with the musicians and understand the sound system.

Preparing a dance programme for dancers and musicians

Preparing a dance programme for dancers and musicians

Ian Muir                                 September 2013

Exploring what makes a good dance programme, the contribution of music to enjoyment, variety and atmosphere. Also, the dark side, what makes a nightmare programme.

Teaching SCD and dancing technique

Teaching SCD and dancing technique

Paul Plummer     March 2013

Teaching and dancing technique including using your voice, listening to yourself, keeping the mood lively and all based on planning ahead, being flexibe in approach and keeping the dancers engaged.

The age gap

The age gap

Ken Martlew      November 2012 at RSCDS AGM

Working with dancers of various ages, the benefits of dancing for health and not making too many high technique demands of dancers, perhaps learning later in life, who are there for the fun of it.

Easy when you know how - looking at difficult dances

Easy when you know how - looking at difficult dances

Mervyn Short      September 2012

Awkward sections of dances and how to dance them well.  Easy when you know how!

Vocal exercises ... and Dancing challenges

Vocal exercises ... and ... Dancing challenges

Kathy Salt                              Mervyn Short         September 2012


How to care for teachers' voices with vocal exercises and water, honey and blackcurrent, not caffiene and alcohol.  Breathe correctly and project the voice.

Subtle motivations

Subtle motivations

Ann Smyth         March 2012

Ways of motivating dancers with fun, praise fair sharing of the action, achievable targets during classes will all enthuse dancers.

Music for Scottish country dancing

Music for Scottish country dancing

Robert MacKay       September 2011

A musician's view on Scottish dance music, how the musician can help the dancer and the partnership between the teacher and the musician.

Teaching children and young people

Teaching children and young people

Marilyn Watson        September 2011

Lots of know-how on teaching after-school clubs, private classes and teenages with a review of some challenges and ways to get the class logistics and motivation right.

Dancing for ceilidhs and weddings

Ceilidhs, weddings and taster sessions

Wendy Mumford            September 2010

At ceilidhs and weddings remember you are probably working with many non-dancers so don't teach footwork, just make it fun.  Give good demonstrations and call the dance all the way through.  

Come and try Scottish country dancing

Come and try Scottish country dancing

Wendy Mumford            September 2010

serTA members tried out Wendy Mumford's very practical demonstration of how to teach dancers and manage ceilidhs.

Planning a technique class

Planning a technique class

Dave Hall     April 2010

Encourage dancers to listen to the music, use helpful counting, develop teamwork and correct phrasing.  The challenges of foot positions, posture, body weight and alignment.