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Frequently Asked Questions about Scottish Country Dance
Is Scottish Country Dancing the same as Highland Dancing?
No. Scottish country dancing is social dancing not solo dancing. A Scottish Country Dance involves 3 or 4 couples forming a set in which dancers are opposite their partner and beside other couples so that all couples rotate through the different positions in the set. Sound complicated? Not really! Scottish country dancing is a cooperative effort with everyone helping each other.
Do you have to be Scottish?
No, but you can't help but find your foot tapping to the irresistible rhythms of Scottish music. In fact, it's hard not to dance to the music of our stirring reels and haunting strathspeys. Scottish country dancing is enjoyed the world over, from Japan to New Zealand. It is not ethnic dancing. It is ballroom dancing that was popular during medieval times. Most modern day participants are not Scottish, just lovers of dance!
Do you need special clothes?
No. for classes, you dance in whatever feels comfortable to you! Usually that is a skirt for women and slacks for men. For balls, which are usually semi-formal, men can wear a suit and women a dress. No kilts or tartan dresses are required. However, most dancers do eventually enjoy the thrill of dressing up in a kilt or ball gown for special occasions. For both weekly social dances and for balls, flexible, smooth soft soled footwear is important. No runners or clogs!
Do you need to be a certain age?
No. Scottish country dancing flows from the soul. Its steps and movements perfectly reflect the power of ancient rhythms, striking a chord in the hearts of young and old alike. Since Scottish country dancing is enjoyed by both young and old, our classes are open to all who want to come! The only criterion is that the dancer is mature enough to stand still when not dancing, so usually a person is at least 12 years old to start.
Will I meet new people?
Scottish country is a very social activity. You are continuously dancing with new people and a new partner with each dance.
At a ball, you can expect to dance with people from different areas of the province, North America and sometimes even the world!
Do I need a partner?
No. People are encouraged to dance with a different person for every dance. This enhances the social aspect of the dance.
Will I get much exercise?
Like most types of dancing, Scottish country dance can be quite a workout! We encourage warming up before class and stretching afterwards. If you are looking for an easy and fun way to get in shape, try Scottish country dancing.
Is this an enjoyable activity?
Our classes are focused on fun. We are there for the enjoyment of the dance. You can experience the unique thrill of dancing your very first reel simply by investing a bit of time, some effort and lots of enthusiasm.