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Centenary of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

EDM (Early Day Motion) 239: tabled on 19 December 2023

Tabled in the 2023-24 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House celebrates the centenary of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RCDS); notes that the RSCDS was founded on 26 November 1923 in what is now the Hardrock Cafe, formerly the Atheneum, on Buchanan Street in Glasgow; appreciates that the RSCDS aims to grow a vibrant worldwide community of Scottish dance and music through local organisations who teach and encourage participation in Scottish country dancing; notes that the RSCDS has 160 branches in Scotland and around the world, including in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South African, Sweden, the US and Wales, as well as 235 affiliated groups which include Dundee, Cambridge, St Andrew's, Edinburgh and Oxford universities; acknowledges that the RSCDS also publishes dance books and recording music, creating an archive for the future as well as providing valuable resources to those dancing today; is grateful to the initial founders Mrs Ysobel Stewart, Mr Michael Diack and Miss Jean Milligan for their work in ensuring Scottish country dancing has continued to thrive 100 years after their initial meeting; and wishes all involved in the RSCDS the very best for the future.