Get Scotland Dancing

We’re on a mission to get more people dancing in Scotland than ever before.

How? We’re working with as many dance providers as we can and together we’re campaigning for and promoting dance to the public, encouraging all to try a free taster dance class and to join in with our all-singing, but especially all-dancing, events programme.

Get Scotland Dancing (GSD) was created by a Scottish Government policy in 2010 and is one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy programmes. It’s also part of Culture 2014, the national strand of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. It’s free to join and school/youth groups can register at

Being part of the online community means you can find out what’s going on in your area and make connections with other dance groups and teachers who could help develop your work.

Events especially suitable for school/youth groups
Partners can work alone or team up with others to put on one or more of these events which are designed to be scaleable and can be staged at low/no cost. We provide event guidelines, funding advice, Culture 2014 branded print and sample press releases.

The Big Dance Pledge
created by Scottish Ballet – Friday 16 May at 1pm or 7pm
The Big Dance Pledge is a chance to learn, make and perform dance with the rest of the world. The free online films show you the dance and how to learn it, or give you the starting point to make your own version. Music and teaching resources are provided too. Learning the dance is a fun way to get a group together to have a fun time doing something creative. Using rhythm and percussion, the dance is complete mix of dance styles. It’s under 4 minutes long and easy to learn, whatever your experience of dancing.
Join other local groups and perform the pledge in a local landmark location and invite your local press along

The Commonwealth Ceilidh
with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Saturday 21 June at 7.30pm

A 24-hour global ceilidh on Saturday 21 June (the summer/winter solstice) with a programme of dances including three newly commissioned ones. Beginning at 19:30 (local time) in New Zealand and moving around the world, the final event ends 24 hours later in Hawaii. Add some local flavour with a unique interval dance that showcases dance styles from other Commonwealth cultures.
Free online event guidance advises on how to plan your event. Free videos and teaching resources help a group to learn the dances in advance which they then share with their community on the night.
Could be planned and run within a school context by students with mentoring.

Make Things Do Stuff

Make Things Do Stuff is a campaign to inspire young people aged between 13 and 18 to make things in the digital world. It aims to help them to look beyond being a consumer and instead to create things, understand why things happen and to take ownership of it for themselves.

The campaign offers support, advice, resources and tools that are ideal for use in schools and at home, whether it’s a lesson, after-school club or competition. There’s something for everyone, whatever level they (or you) are at – and it’s all designed to nurture understanding and enjoyment through practical experience.

Adapted from a special digital making event for Teachers in Scotland, these videos show a range of different step-by-step digital activities for computing/other secondary school teachers.

MAKLab is Scotland’s first open access digital fabrication studio. The video covers how to create a 3D model of an object of your choice in 3D software and shows how the physical object can be then printed on a 3D printer. The process of creating a 3D object is a memorable and meaningful learning experience.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels, particularly CDT, Art and Computing.

Processing Tutorial with Chris Martin
Processing is an open source programing language, community and development environment. In this session you will learn how to rapidly demonstrate computational principles with striking interactive visual output. This will be hands on, fun and you will make something interesting.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 Computing

LiveCode Tutorial with Elanor Buchanan and Neil Roger
Livecode is an easy to learn, open source, high level language for creating programs and mobile apps for a variety of platforms including Windows, iOS and Android. The LiveCode introductory session will take you through creating a short interactive side scrolling hot air balloon game. Working with text, simple animation and using sound to create moving background images to give the illusion of movement, controlling an on-screen element, and detecting collisions to collect bonus points or end the game when you collide with negative elements.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 / Higher Computing

App Inventor with Jeremy Scott
We have to provide students with an experience of Computing Science that’s not only accessible and exciting, but real world. What better way to do this than tapping into the mobile revolution? This workshop will provide an overview of the RSE/BCS Computing Science exemplification project and focus on how teachers might use “I Love My Smartphone” to introduce mobile app development in the classroom.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 Computing

Colin Maxwell Animation Tutorial
Vectorian Giotto is a powerful and free animation tool for creating 2D animations and interactive presentations. In this session you will explore the features of the tool whilst making short animations for science, literacy and foreign language, and discuss how the software can be applied to different curriculum areas. Animation is not just for art or computing classrooms, it can be an engaging medium across the curriculum.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels.

Webmaker and Video Editing tools with Doug Belshaw from Mozilla
The Web is the world’s largest free public resource. Do you feel confident in teaching your students about how to read, write and participate on the Web? In this session, Doug Belshaw from the Mozilla Foundation (the people behind the Firefox web browser) will introduce some free Webmaker tools that you can use in your teaching. You will also learn how to use Popcorn, a free and open video editing tool. You can make videos to educate your pupils or get your pupils creating campaign videos or short films to revise a topic.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels.