The Caledonian Scottish Dancers was formed in 1966 under the direction of Meribeth Zielke (Waldrop), with the purpose of high quality presentation and preservation of Scottish music and dance. Meribeth’s brother, Reuel Zielke, assisted with the group and eventually moved into the role of group director. The group's current leadership includes Dance Director, Heather St. Ledger, and Business Director, Jody Henderson-Sykes.
The Caledonian Scottish Dancers perform Highland and National dances as well as some lesser known dances. Besides performing the dances in the traditional fashion, they also incorporate arrangements of the dances as well as new choreography. ----- The group has appeared at numerous festivals, conventions, and cultural events throughout the Midwest United States. Annual performances include Holiday Folk Fair International, Milwaukee's Irish Fest, and St. Andrew Society's Robert Burns Banquet. They have also completed four successful tours of Scotland, including performances during the Edinburgh. Festival, the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, and the Robert Burns Cottage and Heritage Center near Ayr. Other international destinations where the group has represented the Wisconsin folk dance community include Chiba, Japan and Montreal, Canada. ----- The group primarily performs under the accompaniment of the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipes and Drums. Gary Bottoni, the pipe major, will also occasionally accompany the group as a soloist. The group has been privileged to perform with other renowned musicians, including Kim Robertson, Navan, and Carlos Núñez.