The Scottish Country Dance Teachers' Association (Canada), better known as TAC,
hosts a Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW) and Annual General Meeting (AGM)
each year at a venue in Canada or the USA.



The Summer Events Committee is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and keeping apprised of guidelines issued by the Province of Alberta regarding events and gatherings. At present we are planning to go ahead, but the situation is very fluid. However, please know if TAC or Mount Royal University cancels the event at any point, you will receive a full refund. 

If you choose to cancel on or before July 2 you will receive a full refund less a $50 CDN administrative fee. Cancellations after July 2 will incur a $150 CDN administrative fee. We would prefer not to charge the administrative fee, but our transaction costs to date are in excess of $3000.

We are also eliminating the 10% fee increase after the “early bird” deadline.  Prices, as posted on the fee schedule and application forms, will be honored throughout registration.


TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend 2020
will be held at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

July 24 - July 26, 2020 

Registration will open on March 1, 2020, and full details on fees and accommodations are on the website



Ron Wallace

 Musical staff:

Judi Nicolson (Director), Ian Muir, Fred Collins, Kathy Fraser-Collins

If you are not a Scottish Country dance teacher and are looking for information on TAC Summer School go to the Summer School page

TAC Summer School is open to all Scottish Country Dancers
from basic to advanced and from beginner to experienced

Eligibility to attend TAC'S TCW and AGM:

Teachers of Scottish Country Dance who have obtained
Level 1 (Units 1, 2 & 3 or the Prelim) or Level 2 (Units 4 & 5 or Full) Certificates from the RSCDS
and  who are current Members of TAC
are eligible to attend all events at the TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend, including voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.

Current Associate Members of TAC are eligible to participate in all events at the Teachers' Conference Weekend, including the Annual General Meeting, but are not eligible to vote at the meeting.

Contact the TAC Membership Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
if you are uncertain about your current TAC membership status
or renew online using the TAC Membership page.
Membership must be current at the time of TCW attendance.
Membership is paid separately from event registration.


 TAC Summer Events Committee 2020

Director  -  Kathy Simonsen  -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Assistant Director  -  Lin Pettengill  -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registrar - Marjorie McLaughlin - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The contact person for questions relating to TCW is
Summer Events Assistant Director Lin Pettengill

For the present it is necessary to print, complete and mail the subscription form or complete scan and send by email.

Please click on the link below for the form

TAC Subscription form


Candidate Class 2020

Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

There will be a Candidate Classes offered at TAC Summer School in 2020. The courses will run concurrently from 19 July to 2 August 2020. Registration is now open!

If you are considering or continuing with your RSCDS teaching certification, please contact the Examinations Coordinator, Linda Mae Dennis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), so that we can reserve a place for you. Along with helpful advice, we may also be able to help you find financial assistance.

Units 2/3
Tutor: Rebecca Blackhall-Peters
Musician: Ron Krug

Unit 5
Tutor: Geoffrey Selling
Musician: Gary Thomas

Here’s how to register:

Go to the RSCDS web site and click on Learn / Teacher Training / Teaching Certificate:

Read the information on the main page, and the information on the pages for Units 2/3 or Unit 5.

Download the Exam Application Form appropriate for your situation fill it out, and save it.

Return to the TAC web site and fill out the TAC Candidate Course Registration Form:

Your RSCDS Exam Fees should be selected along with the TAC Candidate Course Fees on the registration form and will be submitted to TAC. Submit the RSCDS Exam Application Form and the TAC Candidate Course Registration Form to: TAC Examinations coordinator, Linda Mae Dennis (tcc@tac-rscds-org).


Units 2/3

For those wishing to take Unit 1 on 1 Feb 2020 the deadline for registration and payment to the RSCDS has been extended to 5 January 2020.

It is also possible to take Unit 1 on 1 Oct 2020, after taking Units 2/3. Please contact the Examinations Coordinator, Linda Mae Dennis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for details.

All information concerning the Unit 1 exam can be found here:

Please note that the RSCDS Manual is now available in electronic format free of charge to candidates taking Unit 1.

Unit 5

For candidates wishing to attend the Unit 5 course, Unit 4 should be completed and received at Headquarters no later than 31 Jan 2020.

All information concerning Unit 4, including sample pages, can be found here:


Please contact Examinations Coordinator, Linda Mae Dennis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.


This short course, which is offered periodically, will be held in 2015
at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, USA

24-26 July 2015

The Basic Teaching Skills Course is aimed at those SCD dancers who do not have RSCDS teaching qualifications and who do not anticipate having an opportunity to attend Candidate Classes in the near future but are already leading/teaching a class or expect to either start or take over a class, whether long term, temporarily, or as an occasional substitute.

On-line registration and on-line payment are now available.  Go to BTSC 2015 Fees.

Early-Bird Fee (if paid before 1 May 2015):  US$395 for Single Room; US$370 for Twin Room
Regular Fee (if paid from 1 May through 30 June 2015):  US$425 for Single Room; US$400 for Twin Room
Fee includes meals and acommodation from Friday evening dinner through Sunday afternoon.

This 18-hour course will be taught in 2015 by Ron Wallace, California, USA, on the weekend immediately preceding the 2015 TAC Summer School.
The course begins on Friday evening 24 July and runs through Sunday afternoon 26 July 2015. Completion of the 18-hour course will result in a "Record of Completion of a course in Basic SCD Teaching Skills".

Ron Wallace

Basic Teaching Skills Course



Ron Wallace's love and understanding of Scottish dance and music
make him a familiar name on workshop staffs internationally. Scottish
Country, Highland, Step and Cape Breton comprise the majority of the
classes Ron teaches, with some Welsh and English thrown in for balance!
In 1977 Ron received his RSCDS Full Certificate from Miss Milligan.
Invitations have brought his infectious enthusiastic teaching to many
Scottish dance centres. He has taught Scottish Country Dance
classes/courses for teachers or dancers in Australia, Austria, St.
Andrews Summer School, TAC Summer School, Pinewoods, Czech Republic,
England, Slovak Republic, Poland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Norway,
France, and Hungary. Ron recently became an examiner for the RSCDS and
has already examined in Canada, U.S.A., and Scotland.
For the past 25 years Ron has been the artistic director of Dunsmuir
Scottish Dancers presenting many Scottish dance forms in festivals in
western United States as well as Europe.
At home in Northern California, Ron is kept busy with weekly classes in
Country, Highland and Step dance and Highland Bagpipes, playing descant
recorder and pipes in a local Scottish Country Dance Band "Hood, Wink
and Swagger".


The Basic Teaching Skills Course aims to provide the confidence and knowledge to undertake the responsibility of teaching Scottish Country Dancing. The course will include the following elements to assist participants in gaining the skills they require.

  • The needs of your class
  • Dance analysis
  • Lesson Planning
  • Class Management
  • Use of Voice, particularly in rhythmic counting and coaching
  • How to re-cap
  • MC skills
  • Selection of music
  • Working with a musician
  • Warm up and cool down
  • How to break down the basic steps for teaching to beginners
  • Guidance on teaching basic formations.
  • How to build up the elements of a dance and put it together.
  • Self evaluation

The course has a maximum of 14 participants who will be accepted in the order in which applications are received.

When you register, you will asked to provide some background information about your SCD dance and teaching experience.

Participants who wish to stay on for the TAC Summer School can do so at a reduced registration rate (see Registering for Summer School).

The TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend/AGM runs concurrently with the Basic Teaching Skills Course, so dancers attending that event will also be accommodated in Curry Hall. Details can be found in Summer School - Accommodation.

On-line registration and on-line payment are now available.  Go to BTSC 2015 Fees.


This fund provides scholarships based on financial need to candidates wishing to attend Teacher Candidate Classes at T.A.C. Summer School.


The fund was established in 1973 as an endowment bursary system.  It was designated as THE SILVER JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND in 1983, our Silver Jubilee Year, and renamed THE JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND in 2008. The interest earned by the fund finances the scholarships.


Scholarships for all candidate classes are available and may be granted subject to the approval of the T.A.C. Chairman, Treasurer and Summer School Director. The amount given is dependent on the number of applicants and whether other sources of support are available.


The application must be counter-signed by a Branch or Affiliated Group Chairman or Secretary, or by a qualified teacher of Scottish Country Dancing who is currently a member of the Teachers' Association (Canada). The completed application form must be submitted to Linda Mae Dennis  T.A.C. Exam Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The application form can be downloaded here: Jubilee Scholarship Application

The deadline for applications is April 15 in the year a residential candidate class is held.

 Information on all three Summer Events Scholarships can be downloaded at this link