About Us

Carlisle & Border Branch Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Welcome to our website, we hope you will find it useful and interesting.

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The Carlisle & Borders Branch is part of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and was formed in September 1950 with general and advanced classes taught by Jackie Johnston of Dumfries and accompanied on piano by Nancy Dickson of Dalston.

The venture proved to be a huge success with up to one hundred keen dancers attending regularly once a week, in the old St. Cuthbert’s church hall on West walls in the centre of Carlisle. Some of those original dancers are still members today, still interested even if not able to dance any  more!

We are keen to encourage new dancers to this great activity of ours and you will receive a warm welcome. You can bring a partner or come on your own as it is a very social hobby, no one is left out, the aim being to enjoy the dancing and have fun.

There are plenty of classes in the area suitable for both beginners and more experienced dancers. Class locations can be seen on our “Map of Groups” (Locations page) and there is also a page for each class with a map of the venue.

To find a class near you go to our Classes/Groups page and click on the drop down list.

 Go to the News page for details of forthcoming Branch events and news.

We are working to bring together groups from across north & west Cumbria and link with the south of Scotland,  thus involving Carlisle, Hayton, Penrith, Morland, Eamont Bridge, Tirril  (near Penrith), Cockermouth, Bassenthwaite, Seascale, Whitehaven, Hightae and Bentpath (north of Langholm).

The website also has a calendar of events and classes for the season; go to the Events page to find leaflets to print.

The officers of the Carlisle Branch are:

Chairperson   Vacancy

Vice Chairperson  Jane Atkins Tel: 01228 670661  Email:jane.scotdancer@gmail.com 

Secretary  Francis Reid Tel: 01228 594057 Email: Francis Reid

Treasurer  Graeme Ridgewell Tel: 01228 546936 Email: Graeme Ridgewell

Membership Secretary Marlene Jackson Tel: 017687 76054 Email: marlenejjackson@btinternet.com


If you would like to join us go to the Activities page and see “How to Join”