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Welcome to CalSoc!

Fancy a go at Scottish Reeling? Whether you know the Eightsome Reel like the back of your hand or don’t have a clue what that means, come along to our regular practices! We're a friendly and inclusive society who holds regular socials too.

We meet on Mondays 7pm for dancing and every other Thursday for socials. We'll learn a new dance each week, honing your skills in preparation for our wonderful winter and spectacular summer balls!

Past socials include scotch cocktail making, shortbread making and film watch-alongs, along with a healthy dose of pub trips. 

Upcoming dance sessions:

  • Monday 10th January 7 p.m.- UCL Institute of Education, W3.01
  • Monday 17th January 7 p.m. - UCL Institute of Education, W3.01
  • Monday 24th January 7 p.m. - UCL Institute of Education, 642
  • Monday 1st February 7 p.m. - UCL Institute of Education, 642


All are welcome regardless of skill levels!


Our social medias:

Reeling FAQ

What is reeling?
A reel is a traditional Scottish group dance. It can be similar to a ceilidh, country or folk dancing. 

Do I need to have reeled before?
No, everyone is welcome regardless of ability! We teach all dances from scratch and guarantee you'll be a dab hand before the balls. Our first session is always free so you can give it a good go before joining.

What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. It can get warm as you’re dancing so layers are a good idea and comfortable flat shoes are recommended.

How do the practise sessions run?
We will start by teaching the basic moves for reeling i.e. how to ‘set’ and ‘turn’. We will then learn a dance through demonstration and practise before dancing it in full to music. After each dance we will pause for drinks and socialise with each other before moving onto the next dance.

Do I need to come with a partner?
No. The more the merrier but if you don’t have anyone to come with don’t worry! 

How much does it cost?
Remote memberships: Free
In-person memberships: £12
Non-member tickets: £4

Have a look at some of our core dances