Scottish country dancing refers to the social dances of Scotland that have evolved from many traditions. Although roots go back to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, new dances continue to be created all over the world. In Scottish country dancing, couples follow a specified pattern set to music. Energetic jigs, stirring reels, and haunting strathspeys keep the dancers moving.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, works to spread this dance form by training teachers, publishing dances and music, and establishing and supporting groups of dancers, called branches, worldwide. The Houston & District Branch marked its 40th anniversary in 2018.

In celebration of Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol, this event demonstrates Scottish country dancing’s unique blend of traditional Scottish music, disciplined dancing, and sociability. Afterward, the audience is invited to try out some dances designed for beginners!

• Before the dancing starts, grab a drink and food-truck bites at Happy Hour Thursday, which begins at 5 p.m.!

Houston District & Branch instructors and dancers discuss the performance in an MFAH blog post.

Drop in! This program, located in Cullinan Hall, is free. On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

MFAH Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; the CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; the Summerlee Foundation; the Swergold Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; Lubrizol Foundation; and Mr. and Mrs. S. Stacy Eastland.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.