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The Thistle School of Scottish Country Dance provides instruction in the correct techniques and manner of Scottish Country Dancing, the historic and contemporary social dancing of Scotland. The school is affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS).

Lees-McRae College, in Banner Elk, NC, provides essential accommodation in dormitories, classrooms, cafeteria, and the use of some athletic facilities.

Thistle School was founded in 1980 by Ted and Marilyn Blaschke of Atlanta, Georgia, and Duard and Elizabeth Lee Barnes of Washington DC, and has been held annually, with the exception of the sabbatical year of 1993, on the campus of Lees-McRae College.


The Regular Session of Scottish Country Dancing classes is open to adult students only (minimum age 18).

Classes are offered on five levels, with emphasis on technique and footwork appropriate to the level of the dancer, as well as attention to the courtesies of the dance and insight into its history and traditions.

Classes will be held each morning, and the School will combine for a teaching/social dancing session each evening. Afternoons will have scheduled informal sessions: video taped workshops for individual instruction; idea exchanges for demonstration programs; workshops for dance devisors; informal candidate tutoriing. This time may also be kept free for sightseeing and craftfinding in the beautiful mountains of the area, or for swimming or other sports.

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  Page last updated on 28 April 2013.