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Get Scotland Dancing

Dance Class (photo: Colin Thom)

About the Project

Get Scotland Dancing aims to encourage more people to get active and participate in dance.

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games, provided an unparalleled opportunity to raise the profile of dance as a creative, participative and physical artform. In support of this Scottish Government policy, Creative Scotland committed £1.5million of National Lottery funding across a four year period, creating an inclusive celebration of dance across Scotland, linking into the wider UK and marking Scotland’s place in the world. Additionally Cashback for Creativity and Event Scotland's Games for Scotland funds were aligned to support the aim of encouraging more people to participate in dance.


Get Scotland Dancing - The Film

Working with Partners

In 2014, we want to Get Scotland Dancing and keep Scotland dancing. Encouraging individuals and communities to become more active is a key part of our Legacy from Glasgow 2014- Shona Robison, Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games

Working with Scotland’s key dance organisations, Get Scotland Dancing brought together professional and amateur dancers of all ages to dance in public spaces in our towns, villages and cities – bringing dance to the people and people to dance. We aimed to strengthen opportunities to participate in dance and create a lasting legacy for communities throughout Scotland. In 2012 six hubs across Scotland presented programmes as part of the UK-wide Big Dance celebrations. Over the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, Michael Clark Company created a landmark dance event for Glasgow. The Barrowlands Project marked the change in focus from London 2012 to Glasgow2014.

As Scotland prepared for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Get Scotland Dancing developed its own identity and widened its reach to more than 300 partners across the whole of Scotland. The 2014 Get Scotland Dancing programme launched in April 2014 and included more than 300 events in Scotland and internationally. Events were part of the Glasgow2014 Cultural Programme; a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.


These pages celebrate the achievements of the Scottish dance community in what was an unprecedented year of dance for Scotland.

Scotland’s culture is one of our most enduring and powerful assets and dance is a huge part of that. We as a nation have a long dance tradition, from ceilidhs to the Highland fling, from ballet to break dancing and everything in between.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs