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Scottish Country Dance

Enjoy a special Scottish Ceilidh Friday night, April 19, as a "kick off" for the annual  Celtic Gathering and Highland Games at Floyd Lamb Park (aka Tule Springs Park) on April 20-21.  Ceilidhs are informal gatherings for music, dancing and community fun, and this one will feature a whole evening of dancing, from 6:30 to 10:00, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush Street, LV.

Unlike our typical Friday night dance classes, the Scottish Ceilidh this Friday night is for dancers who have had some previous Scottish dancing experience.  The focus will be on dancing, rather than teaching the various steps and figures and terminology of Scottish Country Dancing.  The dances will be of varying levels of challenge, so even if you consider yourself a bit rusty in the SCD department, if you are familiar with reels, allamandes, pousettes, strathspeys, and of course the skip-change step, do come and join in on the fun.

if the Ceilidh announcement has caught your attention and you have not tried Scottish Country Dancing before, you are welcome to come and watch this Friday night; and certainly do come to the usual Friday night classes, which will begin again on April 26 at Charleston Heights Arts Center, at 6:30 pm.

And, if you wish to see more dancing, our Scottish Country Dance Demo Team will be performing at the Highland Games on Sunday, April 21, at 11 AM, and 1 and 4 PM).  If you have never been to the Games, it is a transferral to Scotland, with the sound of bagpipes ever in the air and folks wearing a wonderful variety of tartans.  The weekend is also a great mixture of bagpipe competition; Highland dance competition; tests of strength (have you ever tried to toss a telephone pole?); song, band, and dance exhibitions on various stages; and vendors selling everything Celtic, all under the shade trees at Tule Springs and the watch of the local flock of resplendent peacocks.  One of the neatest aspects is hearing the peacock calls competing with the bagpipes.


And what is Scottish Country Dance?

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 as our Dance Mistress, Marsden Macrae,  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 with another who is more familiar with the different Scottish dance steps and for advanced dancers, it's a reminder of proper dance form.

Enough said! Why don't you give Scottish a try? It really is fun. To get the most enjoyment 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-$4 with advance purchase of  tickets. The tickets must be used within six months of issuance and are not refundable.

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  • Norma B.

    Special announcement: Scottish Country Dance Ceilidh this Friday night - see the Meet-up write-up for April 19 for more details.

    April 15, 2013

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