RSCDS Vienna Branch

Classes and Locations

Scottish Country Dancing

The annual course is held from mid-September to the end of June on Wednesday evenings at the following address:

Sacre Coeur Gymnasium
Rechte Bahngasse 52
1030 Vienna

Class:

19:00 - 20:30Beginners
20:30 - 21:30Intermediate/Experienced

An Advanced class is held every two weeks at Sacré Coeur on Monday evenings. For more information on the different class levels please see the Notes on the RSCDS Vienna Dance Classes below.

Useful information:

  • No partner is required.
  • Please bring soft-soled shoes.
  • Instruction is in English, but we can cater for other languages if required.
  • Membership and class fees.

How to find us:

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Notes on the RSCDS Vienna Dance Classes

Dancing skills

The allocation to the dancing classes takes the following skills into consideration:

  • Technique – timing and quality of setting and travelling steps for jigs, reels and strathspeys
  • Fluency of figures – letting figures flow into each other to form a single movement
  • Timing – speeding up and slowing down as the dance requires
  • Physical mobility – travelling distance with grace and purpose as the dance requires
  • Independence – to what extent a dancer needs guidance during a dance, or a walkthrough beforehand
  • Set awareness – seeing the dance in terms of whole set’s movement (covering, formations, figures), rather than just one’s own path

The decision as to what class a dancer is suitable for is made by the teachers.

Dancers do not automatically move from beginner to intermediate after their first year. Neither do intermediate/experienced dancers automatically graduate to the advanced class. The teachers take the aforementioned aspects into consideration when inviting dancers to join a class. Decisions are made based on a dancer’s skill level and not how long they have been dancing. Dancers are welcome to discuss their suitability for different classes at any time with their teachers, who can help them to improve their skills.

Dancing skills

The branch currently runs 3 classes aimed at different skill levels.

Beginners

The beginner’s class is for both the absolute beginner and those who have been dancing for a few years, but aren’t yet comfortable with the basic steps and figures. The emphasis is on learning the basic travelling and setting steps for jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as the basic figures. By the time dancers move to the intermediate/experienced class, they should be able to dance the basic steps without thinking and they should be able to recognise and dance the basic figures without a walkthrough.

Intermediate/Experienced

The intermediate class looks to broaden dancers’ horizons with new dances and figures that move on from the more basic dances of the beginners’ class. There are more challenging combinations of figures and footwork. There is also more emphasis on technique and timing. However, the teaching is still focused on walkthroughs and supporting the dancers during the dance.

Advanced

The advanced class expects dancers to have a high level of technique, as well as a large vocabulary of figures. Less time is spent on walkthroughs and more emphasis is put on the set as a whole and the timing and covering of the figures. Dancers need to have the skills to handle the novel dances and more complicated figures that are an integral aspect of the advanced class.

Teachers of the branch: Ann Murray, Bexi Wepner, David Hall, Felix Hamelbeck, Heiko Schmidt, Robert Finan