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RSCDS Detroit Branch: Forty-Five Years and Counting

The RSCDS Detroit Branch was established in 1980 and often celebrates with anniversary balls. The branch’s goals are to provide instruction in Scottish Country Dancing, and to preserve and promote Scottish Country Dancing and its music. Classes generally start in September and continue through May.

Typical activities are branch classes, workshops, social dance sessions, demonstrations, and formal balls. Dances are done in Reel time, Jig time, or Strathspey time from recorded music in class. Social dances and balls typically feature musicians on a variety of instruments who add a special zest to the dance.

There is also an active group in Ann Arbor: The Tartan and Thistle Ann Arbor Scottish Country Dancers. Classes are held every Monday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the sanctuary at Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. For more information visit:  Ann Arbor RCSDS


Dancers come from far and wide to participate in the RSCDS-Detroit Anniversary Balls.
Sheep and lamb walking in the Scottish countryside.

RSCDS Detroit Branch


Elected at the annual general meeting for a term of one Year 2023-2024
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Chair Grant Rutila
Vice Chair Rhett Heberling
Secretary Cris Doby
Treasurer Laurel Paterson
Membership Chair Cris Doby
Members-at-Large Jodie Beckley, Sue Bocek,
  Joan Hellman, Laurel Paterson,
  Don Sarna

The Annual General Meeting for 2023-24 will be held on May 23, 2024 at the First United Methodist Church, 6363 Livernois, Troy, Michigan.  All members are encouraged to attend and participate. 

Per the Branch Constitution and By-laws, “The meeting agenda of items to be discussed at the meeting will be available to the members two weeks prior to the meeting”. Requests for adding agenda items must be sent to the Branch Secretary by the end of April via email: webmaster@rscdsdetroit.org. 

      Demonstration Team at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Demonstration Team

The RCSDS Detroit Branch performs Scottish Country Dance demonstrations for the public at special programs and events. We are always looking for new opportunities to spread the joy of Scottish country dancing. If you are interested in a demonstration for your program or event, please contact us and provide available details regarding location, type of event, time, and if audience participation is requested.