Scottish Dance groups in Australasia

This page contains Scottish Dance groups I know of in Asia and Australia, together with links to their home pages if I know of them. For some groups I only have their homepage link. I have marked these with "(link only)". If I have missed your favourite group out, I'd love to know so I can add them to this page.

There are also pages for groups in

You might also like Anselm Lingnau's World SCD map. Note I can claim no credit (or blame) for this.

Since anyone anywhere in the world can read this page, I have not included contact addresses or telephone numbers unless I have specifically been given permission. Please contact me if you want contact information.

The groups are arranged by country and then in alphabetical order of location, and are:


The Scottish Dancing Association of Australia

The Scottish Dancing Association of Australia (SDAA) was established over 50 years ago as a means of creating a standard of dance that conforms in all respects with the standard laid down by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. We are a non-profit organisation that has the enjoyment and promotion of Highland Dancing at its core.

This site contains information on Scottish Dancing in Australia, schools, competitions, history and tradition, teachers, competition results, and news.

For more information contact

Anderson Dancing Studio, Country Victora, Shepparton and Bendigo Areas

The Anderson Dancing Studio specialises in Highland Dancing in Country Victora, Shepparton and Bendigo Areas. Classes are offered for students aged 5 years up. The studio has been operating since 1991.

Sarah Gordon (Ne: Anderson) is the principal teacher of the school, and she has danced for over 20 years (and is still dancing). Sarah has studied in Scotland and is a member of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA) both Highland and National branches.

Contact by email: or by calling (03) 5829 0168 in Australia.

Information supplied by Sarah Gordon (

Beldon Scottish Country dance group, near Perth, Western Australia

The Beldon Scottish Country Dance Group runs four classes a week. Two for children of all ages, a mixed class of the more advanced juniors and learning adults and a social class every Tuesday night for adults. Cost for children $A2.00 (with a lollie at the end of the class) and adults $A2.50 with a cup of tea and sticky bun at 9.00pm. We have lots of fun and manage to produce many very equipped dancers although I am NOT an R.S.C.D.S.teacher. Everyone is welcome to visit or join the happy throngs at Beldon.

Contact: Isobel Eaton (

Information supplied by Isobel Eaton (

Cooper School of Highland Dance, Perth, Western Australia

Classes held Cannington and Warwick. Qualified teacher UKAPTD and SDTA. SDAA examinations.

Children can choose to be competitive or just for fun and exercise.

Our Highland Dance troupe perform throughout the year including the Fremantle Burns Club, Westralian Perthshire Scottish Association, the Perth International Tattoo, Shopping Centres and community functions.

They have a web page at

Information supplied by Jacqueline Jones (

Gold Coast Scottish Country Dancers, Burleigh Heads, Queensland

Gold Coast Scottish Country Dancers meet every Thursday night 7.30-10.00 pm in the Maher Hall, Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads

Regular events include:


Gold Coast Scottish Country Dancers
PO Box 168, Burleigh Heads 4220
Queensland, Australia
Phone Secretary: Claire 5535 1280
Email: or

Information supplied by Claire Boaden (

Far North Queensland Scottish Country Dancers (FNQSCD)

The FNQSCD comprise of 2 'sister' groups, one in Cairns, the other in Atherton.


Meet every Tuesday at 7 PM at the Redlynch Community Hall, Margaret St, Redlynch. Regular events include:

Contact Anne Archdeacon ( .


Meets every Wednesday at 7.30PM at St Josephs Church Hall, Atherton. Regular events include:

Contact Kylie Akers (

John Bell ( is also a point of contact for both groups. Tel: (07) 40578770.

Information supplied by John Bell (

Hamilton Scottish Country Dance Group, Hamilton, Victoria

7:15-9:00 Wednesdays (except 4th Wed of month), Anglican Church, 26 Gray St, Hamilton, Victoria.

Phone Simon Nettleton (03) 5572 4059

Hobart Highland Dancers, Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart Highland Dancers offers highland dance classes for all levels and ages of students. Classes are held at New Town twice weekly.

Principal: Catherine Bourke B.Ed., N.D.A.A.

Also a senior display team for Premier dancers, rehearsing once or twice a month.

Contact e-mail: Catherine Bourke (

Johnston School of Scottish Dancers, Toowoomba, Queensland

The Johnston School of Highland Dancing was formed in 1992 in Toowoomba Queensland. Principal of the Studio is Margaret Johnston. Margaret Johnston is a registered Teacher with QSDA & NDAA in Australia. She is a Judge on the SOBHD world-wide panel.

The Johnston Studio has trained many Dancers for Teachers Examinations and produced several Champion Dancers.

Information supplied by Margaret Johnston (

The Peninsula Highland Dancing Association, NSW

Based on NSW's Central Coast - the PHDA run several events for Highland Dancers Nation wide including the Annual Championships which have been held since 1982. The PHDA support many events financially including the Down Under the Kilt concerts.


Information supplied by Douglas McFarland.

Perth Scottish Country Dance Society

We were established in 1960 and are a group of friendly people who meet for an evening of social dancing. All ages welcome (15-90), come alone or with a partner. Beginners very welcome.

If you would like to join us we can be found at the United Church Hall, Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn, Perth Western Australia, on any Wednesday 8.00pm from 1st week in March to 1st week in December.

For more information contact Sheila (08) 9405 6825.

RSCDS Queensland Branch Incorporated

Made up of 19 associated clubs throughout Queensland, with a focus on Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Classes, socials, ceilidhs, and other social activities take place on a regular basis. The "Scottish Ramble" newsletter is published quarterly, giving details.

For more information, contact:

Naree Paulsen, 7 Trebonne Street, The Gap, Brisbane, Qld.4061. Australia

For email enquiries, please contact Naree Paulson <>.

The Sarah Cox School of Highland Dancing, Launceston, Tasmania

The Sarah Cox School of Highland Dancing in Launceston, Tasmania offers classes for students from 5 years to any age and has been operating for one year. Sarah is the principal teacher of the school, hence the name and she has danced (and is still dancing) for 16 years in Tasmania.

Contact: Sarah Cox ( or by calling (03) 63317507 in Australia.

Information supplied by Sarah Cox (

Townsville Scottish Country Dancers

We meet every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the St. Andrews Presbyterian Hall, Wills Street, Townsville, Queensland.

Unfortunately we don't have a web site but we can be contacted by email:


Our Mailing Address is:
Townsville Scottish Country Dancers Inc.
P.O.Box 6141
MC Townsville
Qld 4810

Information supplied by Alexandra Roberts (

The Veronica Law School of Highland Dancing, NSW

Based on NSW's Central Coast - the VLSHD trains dancers in SOBHD technique for competitions, examinations and displays. Principal Veronica McFarland has trained dancers to World Championship level. The school performs in several non-competitive events annually.


Information supplied by Douglas McFarland.

Hong Kong


Chennai (Madras) Scottish Country Dance Group

We in Madras (now called Chennai) have a Scottish Country Dance Group going since the early 1970's.

We meet every Monday at members' homes and celebrate Burns Supper and St. Andrews Night every year with traditional Scottish fare including Haggis, which is usually brought in by members visiting the UK.

I am a former Chieftain and would be happy to meet any visitors who have an interest in Scottish Country Dancing.

The address is:

Gopal Madhavan
63 Greenways Road
Chennai (Madras) 600 028

Tel: 91 44 2493 7724

Information supplied by Gopal Madhavan (


Tokyo Scottish Blue Bell Club, Japan

There is a group which dances in Tokyo on Friday evenings. They also have dances on some Saturdays. I was only able to make it to one of their classes, but they were very welcoming and were lovely dancers, as well. A friend of mine was able to visit with them several times while she was in Japan, and she also had a wonderful time. The teaching is mostly in Japanese, but the figures and dances are all described in English, and the English of many of the dancers is excellent.

Information supplied by Susan Wartell (

New Zealand

Scotia School of Dance, Auckland, New Zealand.

The Scotia School of Dance is the largest Highland Dancing School in Auckland, and is run by Suzanne Burgoyne and her sister (Christine Panapa). They teach beginners to NZ Championship level. Classes are structured to meet the level of the child. Both Christine and Suzanne are members of the Piping and Dancing Assn of New Zealand and of the SOBHD, and have qualified in all exams from the Academy of Highland & National Dancing as well as the SOBHD.

Contact: email

Information supplied by Suzanne Burgoyne (

Lochiel Scottish Country Dance Club, Hamilton, New Zealand.

The Lochiel Scottish Country Dance Club meets from 7pm until 9:45pm on Tuesdays at Knox Presbyterian Church Hall, Albert St, Hamilton, New Zealand

For more information, contact
Glenys Barbour
Tel: +64 7 858 3477

Information supplied by Simon Barbour (

Manawatu Scottish Country Dance Club, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

We are in Palmerston North, New Zealand. We meet on a Monday evening starting at 7.45pm at the Manawatu Scottish Society Hall in Princess Street Palmerston North. We dance from the end of February through until the end of November.

For more information contact:
Linton Country School
77 Akers Road
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Phone: (06) 325 8871
Fax: (06) 325 8936
E Mail:


The Caledonian Society of Oman Scottish Country Dancers, Muscat, Oman

The Caledonian Society of Oman Scottish Country Dancers has an adult class once a week from September until June for all levels of dancers from beginners upwards. In addition they have a demonstration group consisting of anything from 8 - 14 dancers (depending on who is in town) which also meets once a week and performs whenever and wherever invited. This is, of course, for dancers with some experience. From time to time they also run children's classes in various schools in the city.

Contact Marilyn Ferguson ( for more details, or phone/fax 968 695871.

Information supplied by Marilyn Ferguson and Kate Stewart.



The Bangkok Reel Club, Bangkok, Thailand

The Reel Club dances monthly at the British Club on Silom Soi 18, Bangkok, Thailand. All are welcome, and those attending include a wide mix of nationalities and abilities. For further information, contact:
Email: Meilan Henderson at Phone: (66) 02 258 5240.

Information supplied by Meilan Henderson.

United Arab Emirates

The Scottish St Andrews Society of Abu Dhabi (AD Scots)

The Scottish St Andrews Society of Abu Dhabi (AD Scots) is a charitable organization aimed at fostering social activities and friendly relations between all nationalities and Scottish residents in Abu Dhabi. AD Scots also aims to cultivate strong relations between the Scottish Community, all nationalities and the citizens of Abu Dhabi while supporting a number of local and Scottish charities. AD Scots boasts 18 nationalities in its membership and promotes a diverse and fun culture within the group.

AD Scots meets on Sunday evenings from around 7:15-9:00pm at The Club, Abu Dhabi. Details can be found on Visitors and beginners welcomed.

Information supplied by Francine Quastel.

If you have any other societies you would like me to include here, please mail me with a description. Please also get in touch if you disagree with any of the descriptions already here, and offer your view of the societies. If you want me to publish your view, however, you must give me permission to attribute it to you.
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