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 has been in regular communication with Mt. Royal University in Calgary and we are pleased to announce that we plan to return to that venue in Summer 2021 presuming that issues resulting from COVID-19 have been resolved. Registration will open on March 1, 2021, so that you can indicate your interest in attending. No registration fees will be required until May 2021 once we are in a better position to know if the health and safety issues allow us to proceed.
The teaching staff and musicians scheduled for 2020 will join us in Calgary
TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend 2021
will be held at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
July 23- July 25, 2021
Registration will open on March 1, 2021, though no registration fees will be due until May 2021 when we have better information on the COVID-19 impact on group events.
Judi Nicolson (Director), Ian Muir, Fred Collins, Kathy Fraser-Collins
TAC Summer School is open to all Scottish Country Dancers
from basic to advanced and from beginner to experienced
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.
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 2021
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
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!
Tutor: Rebecca Blackhall-Peters
Musician: Ron Krug
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).
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.
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.
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:
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".
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
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 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