Events – Dances


Scotland has a strong tradition of song, poetry and dance, and Glasgow 2024 will fully embrace this. We will run a number of dance events during the convention, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes! Our dances will be held in the Argyll Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and the initial schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday night: Ceilidh
  • Friday night: John Scalzi’s High Energy Disco
  • Saturday night: (Shhhhhh all we’re allowed to say is that it is after the Masquerade)
  • Sunday night: Hugo Ball – Slow and Stately
  • Monday afternoon: Convention Closing Ceilidh

We will hold additional dances earlier on some days, as well as some practice/training sessions.



Originally the word Ceilidh (KAY-lee) descended from the Gaelic word for ‘gathering’ or ‘party’. However, these days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun-filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company. Ceilidh dancing is truly glorious when done right, fuelled by a sense of community and often a few pints. Here at Glasgow 2024, we want to honor this tradition and hold our own Ceilidh! Don’t worry if you’re unsure about how to participate, there will be instructions for all. For our American friends, think of a Ceilidh like a Square Dance.

DJ Scalzi

Get ready to bust out your best moves, as award-winning author, John Scalzi, spins the most danceable tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and the 21st Century. Can’t come to Scotland but want to dance with us? We’re going to make this a WORLDWIDE dance party, time zones be damned! More details about how to join in will be announced closer to the convention.