TAC Strategic Planning

TAC has been involved in a strategic planning process since early 2021. The Strategic Planning Committee has mostly completed its work. This page contains links to a variety of articles and videos that describe the planning process and its outputs. Outputs include Mission, Values, and Vision Statements, updated TAC organizational objectives, goal areas (Finance and Administration, Teacher Development, and Promotion of SCD and TAC), and the supporting strategic objectives. Questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


TACTalk articles

December 2021 – The rationale for strategic planning now, the committee participants, SWOT analysis, Mission Statement, and revised organizational objectives - Pages from TAC Talk, December 2021

March 2022 – Values and Vision Statements - Pages from TAC Talk, March 2022

June 2022 – Goal areas, strategic objectives - Pages from TAC Talk, June 2022

September 2022 – Implementing the strategic plan - Page from TAC Talk, September 2022


Videos Sessions and Corresponding Slides

TAC Strategic Planning Process (6 minute video)


Area Rep April 23 Zoom session




Zoom session to report to membership (May 14)




Zoom session to report to membership (May 22)





The Strategic Plan

Report of the Strategic Planning Committee – Contains the detailed output of the plan, including Mission, Values, and Vision Statements, updated TAC organizational objectives, goal areas, strategic objectives, and associated actions.

TAC Plan, Version 9

For the present it is necessary to print, complete and mail the subscription form or complete scan and send by email.

Please click on the link below for the form

TAC Subscription form


This fund provides scholarships based on financial need to candidates wishing to attend Teacher Candidate Classes at the Scottish Country Dance Teachers' Association (Canada) Summer School.

The fund was established in 1973 as an endowment bursary system.  It was designated as THE SILVER JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND in 1983, our Silver Jubilee Year, and renamed THE JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND in 2008. The interest earned by the fund finances the scholarships.

Scholarships for all candidate classes are available and may be granted subject to the approval of the TAC Chairman, Treasurer, and Summer School Director. The amount given is dependent on the number of applicants and whether other sources of support are available.

The application must be counter-signed by an RSCDS Branch or Affiliated Group Chairman or Secretary, or by a qualified teacher of Scottish Country Dancing who is currently a member of the Scottish Country Dance Teachers' Association (Canada). The completed application form must be submitted to the T.A.C. Exam Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The application form can be downloaded here: Jubilee Scholarship Application
  • The deadline for applications is April 15th the year a residential candidate class is held.

This short course, which is offered periodically, will be held in 2015
at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, USA

24-26 July 2015

The Basic Teaching Skills Course is aimed at those SCD dancers who do not have RSCDS teaching qualifications and who do not anticipate having an opportunity to attend Candidate Classes in the near future but are already leading/teaching a class or expect to either start or take over a class, whether long term, temporarily, or as an occasional substitute.

On-line registration and on-line payment are now available.  Go to BTSC 2015 Fees.

Early-Bird Fee (if paid before 1 May 2015):  US$395 for Single Room; US$370 for Twin Room
Regular Fee (if paid from 1 May through 30 June 2015):  US$425 for Single Room; US$400 for Twin Room
Fee includes meals and acommodation from Friday evening dinner through Sunday afternoon.

This 18-hour course will be taught in 2015 by Ron Wallace, California, USA, on the weekend immediately preceding the 2015 TAC Summer School.
The course begins on Friday evening 24 July and runs through Sunday afternoon 26 July 2015. Completion of the 18-hour course will result in a "Record of Completion of a course in Basic SCD Teaching Skills".

Ron Wallace

Basic Teaching Skills Course



Ron Wallace's love and understanding of Scottish dance and music
make him a familiar name on workshop staffs internationally. Scottish
Country, Highland, Step and Cape Breton comprise the majority of the
classes Ron teaches, with some Welsh and English thrown in for balance!
In 1977 Ron received his RSCDS Full Certificate from Miss Milligan.
Invitations have brought his infectious enthusiastic teaching to many
Scottish dance centres. He has taught Scottish Country Dance
classes/courses for teachers or dancers in Australia, Austria, St.
Andrews Summer School, TAC Summer School, Pinewoods, Czech Republic,
England, Slovak Republic, Poland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Norway,
France, and Hungary. Ron recently became an examiner for the RSCDS and
has already examined in Canada, U.S.A., and Scotland.
For the past 25 years Ron has been the artistic director of Dunsmuir
Scottish Dancers presenting many Scottish dance forms in festivals in
western United States as well as Europe.
At home in Northern California, Ron is kept busy with weekly classes in
Country, Highland and Step dance and Highland Bagpipes, playing descant
recorder and pipes in a local Scottish Country Dance Band "Hood, Wink
and Swagger".


The Basic Teaching Skills Course aims to provide the confidence and knowledge to undertake the responsibility of teaching Scottish Country Dancing. The course will include the following elements to assist participants in gaining the skills they require.

  • The needs of your class
  • Dance analysis
  • Lesson Planning
  • Class Management
  • Use of Voice, particularly in rhythmic counting and coaching
  • How to re-cap
  • MC skills
  • Selection of music
  • Working with a musician
  • Warm up and cool down
  • How to break down the basic steps for teaching to beginners
  • Guidance on teaching basic formations.
  • How to build up the elements of a dance and put it together.
  • Self evaluation

The course has a maximum of 14 participants who will be accepted in the order in which applications are received.

When you register, you will asked to provide some background information about your SCD dance and teaching experience.

Participants who wish to stay on for the TAC Summer School can do so at a reduced registration rate (see Registering for Summer School).

The TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend/AGM runs concurrently with the Basic Teaching Skills Course, so dancers attending that event will also be accommodated in Curry Hall. Details can be found in Summer School - Accommodation.

On-line registration and on-line payment are now available.  Go to BTSC 2015 Fees.



TAC maintains a network of representatives for each recognized geographic area, worldwide, where there are members. These Area Representatives serve as a liaison between the Executive and the membership at large. At regular intervals throughout the year, the Area Reps’ Coordinator, who is a member of the Executive, sends updates on TAC activities to the Area Representatives. They then forward these reports to the TAC members in their respective areas. A member who wishes to bring something to the attention of the Executive may do so through the link between the Area Representative and the Coordinator.


The area representatives meet at least once a year to facilitate two-way communication between memebers and the TAC Executive.  Representatives are encouraged to submit agenda items for their meetings, summaries of which are reported to the Executive.


For further information please contact the Area Reps Coordinator, Ken Saunders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..