Dancers at a ball, bows and curtsies. Photo credit: Fiona Miller. 

Welcome to the Scottish Country Dance Teachers' Association (Canada)

IMPORTANT CALGARY SUMMER EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Information about the Summer School schedule, and the optional afternoon classes, has been added to the Summer School menu. 

Deadlines for the afternoon tours have been extended to Monday July 22nd for the Distillery Tour, and until July 30th for the Studio Bell Tour.  Details are available on the Summer School menu

https://tac-rscds.org/index.php/tac-summer-school/afternoon-tours-summer-school-2019

 

TAC supports Scottish Country Dance Teachers and Dancers in North America and throughout the world. We have been serving the dance community for over 60 years and continue to grow and evolve.

  • Each year we organize a week-long Summer School with classes open to all levels of dancers from basic through experienced; Summer School is hosted at venues in Canada and the USA in late July or early August
  • We offer training for dancers wishing to become teachers
  • We offer scholarships to attend Summer School as a teacher candidate, dancer, or musician
  • Through TACBooks and TACSound we offer access to dance descriptions and music
  • Our outreach program offers assistance to teachers and dancers in isolated locations or who may not have access to qualified teachers

 

Dancers at Summer School

 

TAC Membership

If you are a teacher of Scottish Country Dance having passed RSCDS Teaching Certificate Level 1 (Units 1, 2 & 3 or the Prelim) or Level 2 (Units 4 & 5 or Full), join the group and have access to the full range of services and support that TAC offers.

Where are our members located?

  • Canada: 35%
  • USA: 40%
  • Rest of the World: 25%

 

Canada Day Dance at Summer School

 

Our goals and objectives are to:

  • encourage and promote participation in Scotland's heritage of Country Dancing
  • promote the highest possible level of approved standards of Scottish Country Dancing
  • foster excellence in the teaching of Scottish Country Dancing
  • undertake to preserve and disseminate materials supportive of the above objectives
  • promote the continuance of the musical tradition in Scottish Country Dancing
  • stimulate co-operation between all teachers and dancers

 Summer School 2018

 

 

 

TAC Summer School Music Course 2019

We are pleased to be offering an afternoon music course as part of Summer School 2019.   All of us in Reel of Seven are very much looking forward to meeting and working with all of you! 

We will be conducting two simultaneous classes (in different rooms) each afternoon – one for melody and one for accompaniment, then after a break we will get together for a joint class.  Each day will feature a different set of instructors so that all of the students get a chance to work with each of the band members.  While there are many topics to cover, our primary themes will be “how to play for SCD”, “how to sound Scottish”, and “how to make dance music fun and exciting”.   We expect there will be a variety of experience levels (intermediate through advanced) in the class, and we will strive to make the course interesting for all.  A portion of some afternoons will be devoted to a master class in which those individuals or groups who wish to are invited to play for the class and receive feedback.  We also hope to cover a few more advanced topics such as improvisation and developing harmonies by ear.  On one day mid-week, there will be a special class on rhythm and percussion in which all of the students will be encouraged to try a percussive instrument, and towards the end of the course a seminar on a variety of topics such as how to assemble arrangements, how to help develop a program, and how to work with the sound engineer.  As time permits during the week, we will make ourselves available for individual instruction as well.  At the end of the week, the musicians from the course will be invited to play with Reel of Seven for three sets at the Weekend Welcome Dance.

If you would like to participate in this music course, reply by email to the TAC Summer Events Registrar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Please indicate which instrument you play, and provide a self-assessment of your experience and familiarity with SCD music.  Also provide a sentence about what you hope to learn from the course and do let us know if you cannot bring your instrument with you.

It is a very great honor and a privilege for us to be invited to the TAC Summer School – we can’t wait to get started!

-- Reel of Seven

DAA-A (Maximum of 12 participants)

During the Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW), July 26-28, 2019 TAC will be holding a Dancing Achievement Award Assessors' (DAA-A) course, which is open to experienced, RSCDS, fully-qualified teachers.  On Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm, participants will discuss the assessment process and will practice reviewing and assessing videos of dancers.  At the end of Summer School, participants will have an opportunity to act as assessors with the lead assessor to review and assess the dancers in the Intermediate and Advanced Dancing Achievement Award (DAA) courses that will be offered during Summer School.  Jim Stott from Scotland will be the Teacher for the Assessors’ course.

DAA-A Course Schedule

  • Saturday July 27  - 11:15 – 11:45.   Meet and greet.
  • Sunday July 28 - 9:00 – 11:45/1:00 – 4:00

If you have registered for TCW and Summer School, please indicate your interest in this course by emailing the TAC Chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please use this link to download a TAC DAA-A application which should be submitted to the TAC Chairman by April 30, 2019 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please consider supporting one of our initiatives:

 

Donate to Scottish Country Dancers Teachers' Association (Canada)

 

Donate to the Bob Blackie Fund

 

Donate to the Jubilee Fund

 

Donate to the Bobby Brown Fund