Welcome to Dancesport Scotland, which was originally founded in 1945. In conjunction with Sport Scotland we are the recognised governing body for Ballroom and Latin American dancing in Scotland. Our aim is to promote Ballroom and Latin American dancing, for both social and competitive levels, by organising competition days for all ages and grades, afternoon tea dances open to all and dance workshops to help couples improve. Our annual Grand Finale and flagship event is the Scottish Closed Championships held annually in December. We also provide support and representation for Scotland on the world stage in competitions such as the European and World Championships.
We hope that visiting our website will provide you with all the latest information you need to know regarding upcoming competitions and events organised by Dancesport Scotland. Our ‘Social Dance Clubs’ section will let you know of other events being run that may be of interest to you.
Our ‘Professional Teachers’ section holds an extensive list of dance schools throughout Scotland helping to make it easier for current and future enthusiasts to find a place to dance locally.
Competitors, please note, all future competitions will have PRE-REGISTRATION available in advance of competition day through the website, so please visit the ‘Competition Dates’ section of our website to then complete and send the form, as directed.
All members of Dancesport Scotland benefit from discounted entry fees to our competitions and Sunday tea dances, regular newsletters throughout the year and, of course, voting rights at our Annual General Meeting. To take advantage of these benefits yourself please follow the link to our 'Join' section, complete the membership form and send it, along with your payment, to the address detailed on the form.
We hope that one day we can welcome you as a new member to Dancesport Scotland.
The Committee has been investigating the potential for, and practicalities of, Dancesport Scotland (DS) initiating a series of teaching video presentations, to be provided to us, free of cost, by some of our Professional members, a few of whom replied to our earlier request for assistance, with the option of a series of live, or recorded sessions, being considered.
A number of issues arose relating, amongst other things, to GDPR and the need for disclosure of retained member information, Copyright and the lack of control over forward use of any recorded session material, frequency of sessions, sensitivity of some members to provision of services by one of our members. Possible issues with PPL/PRS were also noted, together with potential Public Liability insurance requirements.
In the wider world, there is clear evidence of a rich seam of online teaching, of varying standards, available from a wide variety of dance teachers/sources, one of which is noted below, but there are many other offerings which are easily accessible. Given the potential issues that we have identified in trying to set up our own offering, the decision has been taken, reluctantly, for DS to not progress forward with its own form of provision at this juncture. Accordingly, we would again encourage everyone to trawl external web sources for such teaching sessions, and in whichever discipline that you feel best suits your own needs.
By way of example, the link to a recent WDSF offering is noted below. It may seem to take for ever to get going, but it's well worth the wait. https://www.worlddancesport.org/ The YouTube address doesn't seem to appear but you will find the link readily on this page.