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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


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


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


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


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


Free Inclusive Dance Training @ Dance Base

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for dance, is offering two inclusive dance training sessions for dance artists and schools teachers. These sessions have been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and attributes to provide and have an insight into creative movement sessions for groups with diverse abilities. This will be delivered by Indepen-dance, … Continued


Ùrlar / Ground Movement

Wednesday, 30th January | 1:00 – 3:00pm St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, 2 Castle Street, G4 0RH Glasgow   An engagement event to expand and encourage new artistic voices within the Gaelic arts sector hosted by The Work Room and Glasgow Life. Dance artists and practitioners with an interest in Gaelic culture are invited … Continued


Dance North Scotland: Communications Officer Vacancy

Fixed term maternity cover (one year), commencing March 2019 30 hours per week, £22-26,000 pro rata Based in Findhorn, Moray Dance North Scotland are looking for a versatile and inquisitive person with a can-do attitude who can inspire, engage and delight stakeholders with their fantastic communication skills. Working in a small team, the post-holder will be responsible … Continued


Macrobert Arts Centre seeks full-time Dance Artist

Macrobert Arts Centre is looking for someone who is creative and inspiring and can be a positive role model to the children and young people with whom they work. As well as being a fantastic facilitator, ambitious for the young people with whom you work, you will also be an experienced dance teacher and choreographer … Continued


Reconnect with First Footing in 2019

As we approach December 31, let’s first foot into the New Year with a flowing store of dance, music and stories. The Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and artist in residence Nic Gareiss invite you to share your 2019 First Footings through videos, photos and reminiscences. Be sure the use the tag #FirstFootingDance on all your socials! … Continued

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