Scottish Country Dancing is very popular not only in Scotland but all over the world. Most dances are done by four couples in one longwise set. There are three kinds of dances: energetic reels and jigs and slower strathspeys. Individual dances consist of a combination of different figures danced using three steps, skip change, slip step and pas de basque in quick time, and two steps, travelling step and setting, for strathspeys.

The Munich Scottish Association was founded in 1973 by a group of Scots and friends of Scotland to further Scottish culture in Munich and the surrounding area. Our emphasis is primarily on Scottish country dancing at weekly dance classes. Participants of all ages are welcome to join our weekly class, with or without a partner: it goes without saying that you don’t have to be Scottish!

Other events run by our association include the traditional Burns Supper, ceilidhs and social evenings and social dances or balls. Our events and classes are mostly accompanied by live music, and we occasionally run courses for musicians interested in playing for dancing. Our close ties to other Scottish country dance groups in Europe and elsewhere, also via the umbrella organization in Scotland, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, result in exchange visits to dance courses and balls.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

We were very pleased in 2011 to welcome Bob Ross as the Honorary President of the Munich Scottish Association.

Bob Ross was born in Kirkcaldy Scotland. He plays the horn in the Munich Philharmonic, and is a conductor, entertainer, moderator and founder of the brass band “Blechschaden”. Bob played in brass bands while still at school and went on to study the horn, conducting and composing at the Royal College of Music in Glasgow. He played the horn in the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Philharmonisches Orchester Essen before joining the Münchner Philharmoniker in 1979 under Sergiu Celibidache. In 1985 he founded the brass band Blechschaden, which consisted largely of his colleagues from the Philharmonic. The band, which plays everything from Baroque to rock music, now gives around 50 performances a year, has won two Echo Klassik awards for its CDs and in 2009 the München Leuchtet award from the city of Munich and the Kulturpreis Bayern. Bob is known to many as the presenter of a TV series on the history of music: “Musikgeschichte(n) mit Bob Ross – Von der Knochenflöte bis zur Rockmusik”.