What's this? Men dancing in kilts? Women dancing like thistle down? It must mean there's something brewing here at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, and it's surely not Newcastle Ale.
We are delighted to have Scottish Country Dancing as part of the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers monthly program and have Marsden Macrae as our Dance Mistress, who is certified with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS). We find Marsden to be witty, encyclopedic and funny. And yes, she can point out our dance miscues, but she also explains and shows us how to become better dancers. That's one reason why our dancing has improved steadily through the year, tackling more challenging dances and being able to perform before an audience.
We offer regularly on Friday evenings Scottish dance classes that are open to all, from beginners to advanced dancers. We start each session with warm-ups that are useful in preparing us for slow, but measured dance steps, or vigorous jigs. We then move into elements of form in dance movement. Note that these initial session elements are useful for beginner and advanced dancers, as (for a beginner) it's easier to dance when being familiar with the different Scottish dance steps and for advanced dancers, it's a great way to catch up with friends who haven't answered our Facebook messages (Oops, did I say that? We are, off course, always listening to our dance mistress.)
Enough said! Why don't you give Scottish a try? It really is fun. To get the most comfort dancing Scottish, we recommend that you bring along a pair of comfortable, soft soled shoes. Kilts, sashes, or ghillie shoes are not necessary, but would be welcomed!
Our cost is $5 for general admission, $4 for members of the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers (SNOCD), or $3 for advance purchase of five tickets. The tickets have a special feature in that they can be used either for English or Scottish Country Dance classes. Further note that tickets must be used within six months of issuance and are not refundable.
Check out our website at www.lasvegascountrydance.org