Reel fun to be had at dance class

Reely good fun: Molly McCaffrey, Cath Proctor, Carolyn Watson and Pat McBride.
Reely good fun: Molly McCaffrey, Cath Proctor, Carolyn Watson and Pat McBride.

New members are wanted for the Milngavie branch of the Scottish Country Dance Society.

The group is open to all ages and abilities and organisers hope to see some fresh faces turning up to dance the night away to some well kent tunes.

Adding to the fun each Wednesday is live musician Martainn Skene, who accompanies the dancers on his accordion.

Pat McBride, communications officer for the Scottish Country Dance Society Glasgow branch says the group should appeal to all ages.

‘‘We’re keen to get more members in, at all levels of dance, even new people that have not dance before, of any age group.’’

Currently sitting at around 12-14 members this relatively new group has plenty of room for new starts and has willing volunteers to accompany anyone and give instruction and advice.

Pat added: ‘‘There’s a German couple who go along, they’ve just taken it up and they are very keen.’’

Dances will include the Duke of Perth, Mairi’s Wedding and the Dashing White Sergeant.

And as well as providing fabulous fitness from your teens upwards, dancing can also keep you young.

It has been taught in Scottish schools for generations and is world-famous for its boisterous reels and jigs and its smooth strathspeys.

Now new research suggests the form of dancing could also delay the ageing process.

Scientists have found older women who take part in Scottish country dancing are fitter than those the same age who carry out other exercise.

And Pat says friendship is equally important.

“ The class is all about having fun and making new friends. You can come on your own. You don’t need a partner, just a pair of soft shoes.

“I have made many new friends since starting. As well as having the classes, we regularly go away on holidays.

“It’s a great social life for people on their own and I don’t just mean retired people, We have members in their 40s.”

The Milngavie class meets in the town hall on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.15pm. For more details call 0141 956 3350 or visit

The class runs every week, but finishes on December 10 until it returns on January 7, 2015.