Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost for Blue Ridge Scottish Dance School?
We have rates for dancers, night dancers, and non-dancers with rates adjusted accordingly. We also, provide rates for residential and non-residential dancers. Double occupancy rooms are defined as 3 – 4 people sharing a 2 bedroom suite with one bathroom. Single occupancy rooms are defined as 2 people sharing a 2 bedroom suite with one bathroom. Each bedroom has two xtra-long twin beds. All participants arriving by car should bring your own linens and towels. BRSDS will provide linens, pillows, and towels for those arriving by air. Parking passes must be purchased for an additional charge for both residential and non-residential dancers with a vehicle.
Double occupancy rooms for 6 nights arriving on Sunday, July 2 between 3-5 pm and checking out Saturday, July 8 including 15 meals will run around $858. The single occupancy rate with meals is about $1043. Additional nights may be added on July 1 or July 8 for an additional cost. The fee also covers the ticket for the ball.
May I attend for a partial week?
We have reserved a limited number of slots for a partial week arriving between 3-5pm on Wednesday, July 5 - Saturday, July 8 with option to stay an additional night for the GMHG. The fee of around $536 double occupancy will cover 3 nights, 6 meals, and the ball. The single occupancy rate is about $628.
May I come for the weekend?
Yes, your fees will cover the ball on Friday and one night stay in the dorm Friday night, with the option to add Saturday night. No meals are included in this option. The rate is $90 for double occupancy and $120 for single.
May I stay off campus?
Yes, we have rates for non-resident dancers. Full week rate is approximately $457 and partial week rate around $350. No meals are included for non-residential participants.
Which meals are included in the tuition?
The meals included in the full week tuition include 4 dinners on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 5 lunches Monday-Friday, and 6 breakfasts Monday –Saturday. Note, the Tuesday dinner on the 4th of July will be a pizza party provided by BRSDS rather than the dining hall.
Partial week meals include dinner on Friday, 2 lunches on Thursday and Friday, and 3 breakfasts Thursday – Saturday.
Why isn’t dinner provided on Wednesday and Thursday?
Many of our dancers enjoyed a wonderful, delicious afternoon tea on Wednesday last year. It was so filling, we didn’t want dinner. We will be offering afternoon tea again this year. Although not everyone will be able to attend, we will take reservations for 48 participants. This year there will be a small fee to attend. You are still welcome to eat in the dining hall at your cost or enjoy one of the numerous restaurants in walking distance of campus. Since Thursday is a free afternoon and evening, dinner is on your own that day.
What special events happen during the week?
Monday evening will have a Roaring 20’s theme to coincide with the centennial celebration of RSCDS. Tuesday will have a patriotic theme and we plan on having BRSDS Olympics during the afternoon. Wednesday, in addition to afternoon tea, we will have our ceilidh after the evening dancing. Thursday is Shades of Blue day and everyone is encouraged to wear a BRSDS t-shirt or something blue for our class photo taken immediately after class before lunch. Friday will be our Annual General Meeting after lunch followed by the ball walk through. Each evening after dancing concludes you are invited to the afters parties in the common room of Thunder Hill.
What fundraising opportunities exist for BRSDS?
You may order a beautiful hand thrown pottery mug by Rick Shireman with the BRSDS logo embossed on it with proceeds going to the Duard and Elizabeth Lee Barnes Scholarship Fund. You may sponsor a dance on the ball with those funds also benefitting the scholarship fund. Merchandise sales as well as the funds raised from the silent auction during the week will go to help defray the cost of Grandview Ballroom. Please be looking for unique
items to donate to the auction. Let Sarah Craighead know what you plan to bring and include a photo if possible.
What is the cancellation policy for BRSDS?
If you cancel prior to June 15 you will forfeit $250. Following the cancellation restrictions imposed by the university, no refunds will be given on or after June 15. We encourage you to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. Many options can be found on sites such as insuremytrip.com. We cannot recommend one over another
How can I get to Boone?
For air travel arriving at Charlotte International Airport, a shuttle runs to Boone. See the Hickory Hop website for rates and routes: Hickory Hop - Airport Shuttle service Charlotte from Asheville, Boone/BR, and Hickory
Car travelers should map Thunder Hill Hall, University Housing Boone, NC. Be warned the speed limit on roads leading to Boone are strictly enforced
How do I attend the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games?
We hope you will take advantage of the optional additional night available at Appalachian State to attend the GMHG. Although there will not be Scottish Country Dancing at the games this year, there is an abundance of all things Scottish to see, hear, and taste at the games. There is a shuttle from Caldwell Community College in Boone to the games. You may catch an AppalCart bus on campus, and it will drop you at the shuttle stop. Home | AppalCART
Would I be able to attend the torch lighting ceremony on Thursday?
The Thursday afternoon has been left free so that people may attend this memorable event. Please note that, new this year, tickets to the event must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold on the mountain at the gate. Also, no shuttle service will be provided. Cars must have a parking pass (available with pre-purchased tickets in advance) to park on the mountain. More information about the ceremony can be found here on the games site: https://gmhg.org/torch/
What is there to do around Boone on our free afternoon?
After lunch, the rest of Thursday will be free time with dinner on your own. Some of you may wish to attend the The Torch Light Ceremony for the Games. Torch Light Ceremony – Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (gmhg.org) Others may wish to hike or explore scenic areas around Boone. Gardeners will enjoy the Daniel Boone Native Gardens close to campus. Shopping in downtown Boone and nearby Blowing Rock is great. Numerous breweries are close by and you’ll find delicious restaurants within walking distance of campus for your dinner.