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Scottish Country Dancing
is a modern form of the country dancing popular in England and Scotland
in the 18th century.
It is, without doubt, one of the most sociable
forms of dancing. Not just because you dance with seven or so other people, all
at the same time, but with smiles and eye and hand contact being mandatory you
cannot help but be friends with those around you. People can come as couples or
as singles; you don't need to bring a partner - there will always be enough
other folks around to be sure you dance all evening. Mixing is the name of the
game. It's sometimes elegant; often very lively; but always, always, lots of fun.
Unlike Highland dances, which are usually solo performances
accompanied by bagpipes, Country dances are danced with partners in sets
of two or more couples doing an exciting variety of formations. The dances vary in tempo,
including lively jigs, hornpipes and reels, and the slower, elegant strathspeys.
The Sorrento Scottish Country Dancers
affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
In 1923, the Royal Scottish
Country Dance Society was founded in order to preserve traditional
Scottish country dancing. Its patrons went out to watch people dance and
collect the dances for publication. In the process, they also tried to
reconstruct and publish dances from old manuscripts that were no longer
actually danced, and standardized technical points like steps and footwork.
Scottish Country Dancing is probably more alive today than it ever was
in the past, and this is to a large extent due to the efforts of the RSCDS.
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