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Thistles and Sunflowers

Words by By Iliyana Nedkova Images by Anna Dobreva. Courtesy of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland   If you took part in the Edinburgh Marathon during the weekend of 27-29 May 2022, you were part of the biggest mass participation sports event in Scottish history! If you took part in the Thistles & … Continued

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Blog – ‘Dance Legacies of Scotland: The True Glen Orchy Kick’ by Mats Melin and Jennifer Schoonover

The Book Launch… On Saturday 30 April 2022, Dance Legacies of Scotland: The True Glen Orchy Kick (Melin-Schoonover, Routledge, 2021) was, at long last, able to be officially launched in Edinburgh during Pomegranates, a two-day event co-sponsored by the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh which celebrated dance from around the … Continued

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TDFS Development Weekend

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland held a weekend of activity on the 10th and 11th April 2021. Saturday The weekend began with a performance and presentation from Sandra Robertson, Step Dancer. Sandra has danced since childhood. She trained in Highland Dancing for over 10 years gaining a teaching qualification with the BATD. She became interested … Continued

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TDFS Statement of Accounts and Annual Report 2019-2020

To view the document please click on the link: TDFS Statement of Accounts and Annual Report 2019-2020    

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Getting to know you… Bernie Hewitt

Bernie Hewitt –   TDFS Secretary   It is now over three years since I first joined the board of the TDFS, and more recently was asked to take on the role of secretary and treasurer.   As all the minute taking and record keeping is done very efficiently by our full-time staff member, my emphasis has … Continued

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A Time for Reflection and Looking Ahead: Midsummer Celebrations at Home

We just celebrated the summer solstice–the longest day of the year–on Sunday, and we’re enjoying the longer daylight hours that summer brings. On Wednesday 24 June, we will celebrate midsummer in Scotland. Midsummer has its roots as a Celtic fire festival, blessing the crops for a fruitful summer harvest with bonfires and using torches to … Continued

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World Dance Day – Connecting Two Worlds by Leonie Sweeney

For many years two important parts of my life ran along in parallel. My life in traditional dance arose from my own enjoyment of Irish and Scottish social dance and the old-style stepping traditions of both countries. Sharing the Irish Sets and Scottish Cèilidh dances I learned over the years seemed a natural thing to … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Alice Fernbank and Graham Dickson on The Golden Fly

Name of your show: The Golden Fly How would you describe your show in one sentence?  An epic tale of a shapeshifting Goddess who journeys across worlds in search of a golden awakening. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe? No. What do you think sets your show apart from … Continued

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Casting A New Vision For Step Dance Education in Scotland

Day of Conversation & Professional Development Perth Theatre | Sunday 24 February 2019   This gathering of step dance educators was hosted by First Footing artist-in-residence Nic Gareiss, the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education. It was attended by delegates from Aberdeen, Perth, … Continued

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Ceilidh Fitness. Fun for All. Through Participation, not Performance.

This guest article has been penned by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland board member and accordionist, Bernie Hewitt. As the title suggests Bernie advocates participation in traditional dance with an emphasis on fun, friendship and fitness.  I have been playing the accordion for ceilidh dancing for longer than I care to remember, and have many … Continued

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