TAC Summer School 2018 Programme

July 29 - August 5, 2018
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Early bird registration for Summer School and TCW has been extended to June 20, 2018

The registration link appears on the Summer School and TCW menus.


TAC Summer School is open to all Scottish Country Dancers from basic to advanced and from beginner to experienced. 

Participation at morning and afternoon classes and the Banquet & Ball requires advance on-line, pre-paid registration
as a Summer School registrant (see SS Registration Information 2018). 

All evening events are also included in the registration fee.

Non-registrants can attend evening events on an individual evening, pay-as-you-go basis at a cost of $25 per person, per evening, paid at the door. Advance notification is not required.  Dancers wishing to attend just the Saturday Banquet and Ball can do so for $100 and advance registration is required.  Details can be found at:

SS Registration Information 2018 


For registration fees,

go to

SS Registration Information 2018  


For questions relating to Summer School please contact the

Director, Ellen Sears

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 Accommodations for TCW and Summer School will be in the Yudof Residence Hall - one of the newest residence halls on campus.  Details and information can be found at https://uces.umn.edu/yudof

The university housing facilities do not provide hangers nor any toiletries. You will need to bring your own personal soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. They do provide linens, a blanket, pillow, and towel for each guest which can be exchanged at the front desk for fresh supplies. Unless there is a facilities emergency, the staff do not enter the rooms so there will be no housekeeping provided. Free laundry facilities are available, so you will be able to wash clothes, however, detergent and fabric softener are not provided.


Yudof Hall Room Furnishings  

All units in Yudof Hall include the following: 

  • Carpeted rooms
  • Closet
  • Desk & chair
  • Drawer space
  • Extra long twin beds (36 inches by 80 inches)
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove/cooktop
  • Recycling 3-part containers
  • Wifi
  • 1 gigabit Ethernet internet jack per resident (cord not provided)
  • Air conditioning

2018 TAC Summer School Preliminary Schedule and Activities

Locations of all Summer School events will be posted once confirmed with the University



2018 Summer School - Morning Dance Class Descriptions

Attendees will select their class level on the Summer School Registration forms which will be posted after March 1, 2018

Class 1 (Basic) is designed for newer dancers (usually 3 years or less) who aim to improve their knowledge and execution of the basic steps and formations along with an introduction to some of the more advanced formations.  This class focuses on all aspects of technique, such as footwork, covering, handing, phrasing, transitions, while allowing dancers the opportunity to walk through dances from each position.  Be prepared to learn a lot and have fun doing it.

Class 2 (Intermediate) is designed for dancers with several years' experience (usually 4 or more years) who have a solid understanding of basic steps and formations and who can learn a pattern by observing others.  Teaching focuses on improved execution of dances including accuracy of footwork, the importance of covering, handing, posture, phrasing, transitions, value of teamwork, and exposure to more advanced formations. 

Class 3 (Advanced Challenge) focuses on all aspects of technique and execution for advanced dancers who have excellent and sustained technique and who have the stamina to maintain high-performance dancing, and participate fully in all dances, throughout an entire class.  Emphasis is on consistent and accurate execution of phrasing, and footwork, while learning unfamiliar formations with minimal walk-throughs.

Class 4 (Advanced Social) is for experienced dancers who are already confident and proficient with all standard and advanced formations with minimal dependence on walk-throughs while learning unfamiliar formations.  Emphasis is given to technique to enhance teamwork, sociability, and overall execution of dances with some attention to footwork.  This class can accommodate knowledgeable dancers who may have injuries and those who might not wish to sustain the high level of stamina required for Class 3.



Summer School Ball Programme

 Click here for a link to downloadable dance cues and cribs for the Ball Programme



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Sunday Welcome Night                                                                         SC Dance

Introduce yourself to dancers from near and far.

Monday ‘Souter & Company Tours’                                                  SC Dance

Scottish dance your way around the world tour guide Ian

Souter and helpers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand.

Tuesday Beach Night                                                                             SC Dance

Casual dress night, wear your shorts and flip flops.

Wednesday Concert Extravaganza                                                  Concert

Relax and enjoy the five talented musicians as they perform in

concert at the Centennial theatre.

Thursday Black & White Night                                                                       SC Dance

Add a little or a lot of black and white for a touch of drama.

Ceilidh Friday

Come ready to perform: whether it be singing, dancing, playing                Ceilidh

an instrument, telling a joke, or a recitation, share your talent with us.

Saturday Evening                                                                             SC Dance

Wine Reception followed by a formal Banquet and the Ball.