About Traditional Dance

Scotland is alive with traditional dancing

Thousands of people of all ages participate and watch traditional dance in Scotland and throughout the world.

Vigorous · Light · Joyous · Stomping
Elevating · Vibrant · Wild · Precise

Written material on Scottish dancing dates back to the 1700s.

Over time, particular styles have evolved and many geographical areas of Scotland have their own unique dance variations.

It is commonly accepted that the Reel is the only truly indigenous dance to Scotland.

Scottish traditional dance can broadly be described as four different styles, with some techniques, moves, footwork and patterns common to all:
Ceilidh dancing, Highland dancing, Scottish country dancing & Step dance.



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