Join us in the verdant mountains of North Carolina for the thirty seventh session of the Thistle School of Scottish Country Dance. The School provides instruction in the correct techniques and manners of Scottish Country Dancing, the historic and contemporary social dancing of Scotland.
Lees-McRae College provides essential accommodation in dormitories, classrooms, dining hall, and the use of tennis courts and swimming lake and pool.
It is situated at 4000 feet of altitude, a cooler oasis above a sometimes simmering Piedmont.
Thistle School, founded in 1980 by Duard and Elizabeth Lee Barnes of Washington DC,and Ted and Marilyn Blaschke of Atlanta, Georgia, 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 will be given on four 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. This time may also be kept free for sightseeing and craft-finding in the beautiful mountains of the area, or for swimming or other sports.
Associate Non-dancer: Limited accommodation may be available for spouses or friends of students who wish to accompany them but who are not able to participate in classes.
Night Dancer: For those who do not feel physically able to participate in classwork, but wish to take part in the evening dancing.
Non-resident Student:
Non-resident Night Dancer: