Registration for candidates is now CLOSED.  Please contact Kate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be kept updated about the Exam Tour in 2019 or the next residential course in 2020.

Staff members, please access the registration form through the menu under Teaching Courses above or through the link immediately below on this page.

Register for Candidate Classes

Registration options:

  • Unit 5 and Unit 2/3 combined: Sunday 22 July to Sunday 5 August (14 nights accommodation).
  • Unit 2 re-sit: Sunday 22 July to Saturday 28 July (6 nights accommodation).
  • Unit 3 re-sit: Thursday 26 July to Sunday 5 August (10 nights accommodation).

TAC Candidate Classes 2018

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

July 22-August 5, 2018

If you are considering–or have started–RSCDS teaching certification, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Tutor Elaine Brunken will coach you in a combined class through what is sure to be exciting and enjoyable preparation for the exams. Your dancing and teaching will be buoyed by great music from Lisa Scott.

As in previous years, the Unit 2 exam will be held July 26/27. Candidates re-sitting Unit 2 only are expected to arrive with the other candidates on July 22 in order to prepare. Unit 3 and Unit 5 exams will be held July 31 - Aug 3.

Please review the Syllabus and other important documents and deadlines on the RSCDS website ( to familiarize yourself with what is expected from candidates.  Please note the new Syllabus goes into effect 1 July 2018.  You can reach Kate Walker directly at 512-695-1758 (Texas) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns about your participation.


Photo Elaine Brunken

Elaine Brunken says:

Born in Falkirk, a long time ago now, I moved to Uphall, West Lothian, when I was four. I learned to dance in my mum’s class in a wee hall in Pumpherston, as I happily danced up and down the hall by myself, till I was tall enough to dance with the grown-ups. The accordionist didn’t read music, and just played the few tunes he knew... ask me about that sometime... you won’t believe the tune I learned General Stuart’s Reel to!

I have been dancing for more than 50 years, teaching for 40 years, 30 years with my RSCDS certificate, tutoring for 25 years and examining for a few years now... I really need to get a life!   This fabulous pastime has taken me to Australia, back to the UK, France, and all over North America.  It has introduced me to many wonderful people, some of whom have become my dearest friends.

I was a PE teacher (Alastair Aitkenhead hired me out of college), focusing on dance, in Ayr for 4 years, prior to my emigration to the USA in 1978. (Yes I am THAT old!). I now work with banking mainframe systems and recently moved to Kansas City, to begin a new job.

I have two adult children, whom many of my dancing friends have watched grow up, and though neither do SCD, they both love ceilidh dancing.

I enjoy a nice dry red wine, a nice cold G&T, a good book, a good sing song, good music, good conversation... sounds like a dance weekend!

Photo Lisa Scott

Lisa Scott

Lisa, a native of Portland, Oregon, is an accomplished pianist and teacher. Coming from a musical heritage, she began her studies early and continued on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree at Lewis and Clark College and study the art of accompaniment at the University of Southern California and in New York City. Returning to Portland, she began Scottish Country dancing and soon earned her Preliminary Teaching Certificate. This led in turn to the Scottish piano and through the years she has played throughout the United States and Canada. Lisa's sensitivity to dance rhythms and her lyrical style make her music a joy for dancers.