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Scottish Country Dance Winter Ball, Glasgow, Scotland

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Today, the focus of my posting is on Scottish Country Dancing following my attendance last night at the Glasgow Branch's Winter Ball at Erskine Bridge Hotel.

Scottish Country Dancing dates back to the 18th century and should not be confused with Highland Dancing. During evolution of this type of dancing certain French influences were absorbed such as the square formation of the quadrille and ballroom etiquette.

The country dance is performed by a group of couples, usually consisting of four couples, positioned adjacent to each other in two parallel lines with gentleman facing ladies. In the course of a typical dance participants will interact with others on the floor, hence the 'social' aspect. There are three main types of country dance: long wise, round-the-room-, and square.

Scottish Country Dancing has a following around the world.

At the Glasgow Branch Winter Ball, some 20 dances were performed and music was provided by the Ian Muir Sound. Overall, an enjoyable evening. Some short video clips of the dancing can be found below.

NB: Subsequent to this posting, Google has ceased supporting videos on blogs. However, a video clip of the Ball can be found on You Tube here.



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posted by Catswhiskers @ 3:28 AM 

2 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick Murray said...

Well Nigel, that was quick – We’re only just starting to recover from last night - It’s really great to see your results while events are still whirling around our minds (and bodies). As you know, we’ve been dancing with Marion for some time now, and it was great that you agreed to join us on this occasion, making your contribution, all be it not necessarily in a dancing sense. However, we look forward to seeing you on the floor next time!!! I’ll email the link to your Blog around my contacts in the Glasgow Branch. Your input is very much appreciated.

January 16, 2010  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done Nigel - it was a terrific evening - super music excellent dancing and pleasant company. Good to relive it on your blog site.
VivIODee

January 17, 2010  

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