SW WA State SCD - Who We Are

Our group, the Southwest Washington State Branch of the RSCDS (and formerly known as Vancouver USA Scottish Country Dancers), covers the southwest corner of Washington. We provide workshops and schedule regular classes, in various areas around the county. Our group averages fifteen to twenty demonstration dances per year. We also sponsor quarterly dance parties with live music. During the Summer we may get together periodically for social dancing as arranged within the group. Call 360-887-1888 for information.

We regularly participate in Kelso's Festival, Pomeroy Farm's Herb and Harvest Festivals, and other festivals and activities.

Our group devised the Washington State Tartan in 1988, in time to commemorate the Washington State Centennial celebrations in 1989. (During these celebrations we danced at the state capitol.) The Tartan Bill recognizing the new tartan was signed into law in 1991, making the Washington State Tartan the first official state tartan west of the Mississippi. The tartan is also registered with the Scottish Tartan Society.

In addition, we have assembled several books of original Scottish Country Dances. For the first book, the Kelso Scottish Country Dancers conducted a dance composition contest in honor of the Washington State Centennial celebration. Dances were devised and submitted from Bellingham to Berkeley. The booklet presents the contest winner and nine other dances.

Our second book is the product of a dance composition contest conducted in 1995 by the Vancouver USA Scottish Country Dancers, in celebration of the group's tenth anniversary. The booklet contains the contest winner as well as nine other dances.

These and other books are described on our "Books and Items of Interest" page.

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