from 28 December 2022 to 5 January 2023

RSCDS NZ Branch Summer School

based at The Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre, Parnell, Auckland

A nine-day gathering of classes, socials, workshops, excursions and evening events

Check out our evening programmes and classes offered below:

With thanks to Pub Charity for a grant for venue hire.

Welcome to the City of Sails, the Land of a Thousand Hearts

Let's bring dancers together from across New Zealand!


Experience ancient Scottish traditions, sample the Haggis, and welcome the New Year in style!

Morning Classes

Improve your dancing technique, learn from top teachers, try unusual dances and make great friends!

President's Ball

Dress up in your kilt and finery, and dance the night away!

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Fees from 1 September:

PLEASE NOTE: As of 13 September, our accommodation is FULLY BOOKED. We will NOT be accepting any new Resident registrations. However, you are still welcome to register as a Commuter or Half School Commuter.

Commuter registration includes all morning classes, afternoon events, and evening functions. Resident registration includes all these features in addition to accommodation and three meals a day.

Additional sightseeing charges (eg museum entrance fee) are not included.

More payment details are available on the registration form.

Many thanks to the NZ Branch for approving a one-off subsidy to reduce the cost to attend.

How to pay:

  1. Complete the registration form.

  2. Make your payment to RSCDS NZ Branch Inc NI Summer School bank account 01-0235-010453304. Include your NAME in the particulars.

Please note a $200 deposit for adults and a $100 deposit for JAMs must be paid to confirm your registration.

All fees include a non-refundable registration fee of $100 (unless the School is cancelled). Since 1 September, an additional late fee of $100 has been added to the diagram above.

Any queries? Contact


The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre

10/20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland

Residents can stay in this home away from home, explore beautiful Parnell, and be on site for many Summer School events. Immerse yourself in the complete Summer School experience!

Meet the Committee

Liz Hickey


Introduced to Scottish Country Dancing by her sister-in-law, Liz has been dancing for over a decade. Her professional experience as a chartered accountant saw her on the organizing committee for the 2015-2016 Summer School in Auckland, and now leading the team for this year’s Summer School.
She is the oldie on the organizing committee, with Emma keeping her young, and Shona and Duncan keeping her on track with their years of SCD experience. Liz’s heritage is 50/50 Irish and English, with no Scottish forebears at all. She grew up on the beach at The Mount, before university and a business career, and came to SCD with her husband Mike Ross in 2009.

Duncan Laidlaw


For those who don't know me, my name is Duncan and I have been dancing forever.

Shona Greer


An Irish dancer in a previous life, Shona responded to an advertisement from Milford SCD Club, offering an opportunity to “try out Scottish Country Dancing”. This was 2001 and she has been dancing Scottish ever since.
As a recently retired business owner, Shona brings her years of event management & organisational experience to the committee of the 2022-2023 Summer School.
Shona will be looking after Registrations & Finance, and is hoping (after the disappointment of the past two years’ SS cancellations) to be flooded with applications to support this year’s Summer School.
Be in early, as there are only so many spaces. See you there!

Emma Uren


I find the patterns interesting and the suppers delicious, but the most striking thing about SCD to me is the community, and the lovely people I’ve met along the way. Dance is a big part of my life, whether that be Scottish, ballet, jazz or tap. It’s so cool how jiving to the music can bring people together.
Summer Schools have been some of my favourite Scottish Dancing experiences, and I’m excited to be a small part in bringing that to life once more. My main role in the committee is marketing and media – and I’m constantly amazed at the incredible knowledge and financial skills of my fellow committee members! I study biomedical engineering and psychology, and in my spare time I love eating interesting bread.

Join us for a Scottish Country Dancing extravaganza!