SCD Database

Welcome to the Scottish Country Dance Database!


This database aims to be a comprehensive resource for Scottish country dancers, dance teachers, and musicians. It brings together information on Scottish country dances, formations, musical recordings, Scottish country dance tunes, and the people behind all of those – all conveniently linked together for easy perusal.

The database builds on the efforts of many people. Keith Napier and Peter Hastings pioneered the idea of indexing Scottish country dances and music. Alan Paterson started the project behind this database, compiling a very large repository of data and making it available to everybody. Eric Ferguson and Charles Upton, among others, have contributed cribs for dances. This web-based software is by Anselm Lingnau. Countless volunteers have helped organise, improve, and correct the data – an ongoing effort.

What you can do

Feel free to browse the database and use the information in it to improve your and others' enjoyment of Scottish country dancing!

In spite of tireless efforts to the contrary, the database probably contains lots of errors and omissions. If you notice anything that is wrong or looks fishy, please notify the maintenance team – most conveniently through the »Submit a comment« link that is part of every data page. Also, please get in touch if you have a resource that is not in the database at all and that you think ought to be added.

We're always on the lookout for more volunteers to help with improving the database. If you are interested in SCD and have a little time to spare, why not dive in? See here for further information.

If you would like to use the data in this database for other projects, you can download daily dumps of the database content (or most of it, anyway) to use under a »Creative Commons« license.

Recent Comments

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    A LH turn on bars 19-20 is the way it ...
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    Moves along nicely, very natural.
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    The original dance description is available here:
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    I danced this at the Santa Catalina workshop in California ...
  • allan wood on The Bonnie Tree:
    1. 3 of the 4 couples are involved almost constantly. ...

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