top of page


March 17, 2023

Dear Dancers,
We are finally open for registration for Blue Ridge Scottish Dance School 2023! We have categories for residential and nonresidential dancers, night dancers, and non-dancers for both full week and partial week participation. Full week dancers check in on Sunday, July 2 from 3:00- 5:00 pm, partial week dancers check in on Wednesday, July 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Check-out is Saturday, July 8; however, you will have an option to extend your stay until Sunday morning if you wish to stay for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games or visit areas in and around Boone.

I’m looking forward to our excellent instructors, Robert McOwen and Andrew Nolan, and cannot wait to hear the exceptional music of Luke Brady, Julie Gorka, and Mara Shea.

The campus of Appalachian State is beautiful, the town of Boone is delightful with its many shops and restaurants, and the mountain views are spectacular!

We will be staying in Thunder Hill Residence Hall, built in 2020, with suite style rooms conveniently located next to our dancing venue, Grandview Ballroom. The suite consists of 2 bedrooms with 2 extra-long twin size beds sharing a bathroom. You will pay a lower rate if you share your bedroom and have 3- 4/suite. For $30/day more you can have a private bedroom and share the bath with one other person.

The university no longer has an option to rent linens. Therefore, if you are driving to school you must bring sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. BRSDS will provide linens for those arriving by air.

We strongly encourage you to register by May 1. Your spot will be secured with a non-refundable $250 security deposit. You may pay tuition in full at time of registration or you may make payments. Appalachian State will not be charging a fee for credit card payments this year. Registration will close on June 15.

We hope you won’t have to cancel, but if you do so before June 15 you will only lose the deposit. Unfortunately, after June 15 your full tuition will be forfeited. It is advisable for you to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. There are many sites such as where you may shop.

Frequently Asked Questions on our website may provide you with more information. Please visit If your question isn’t addressed, please contact us.

If you danced with us last summer, you will remember the fabulous ballroom, the awesome morning classes, night dances, talented musicians, the afters parties, and all the other fun events we experienced during the week. If this is your first time to come, we welcome you. You are in for a treat!

Here is the link to register Returning dancers who purchased a reusable magnetic name tag should choose no name tag needed on the registration form. New participants may purchase a reusable one this year for $9.50 and will pay for it upon arrival at the school, or you may choose a free disposable name tag instead.
Susan Tumlin,
President BRSDS, Inc.
bottom of page