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The Primary Ingredient of Trad Dance the World Over

The Primary Ingredient of Trad Dance the World Over is the abridged version of an article by Dr Wendy Timmons, Convenor of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, originally published in Volkstanz Magazine – the major publication of the Folk Dance Society of Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkstanz). Collectively, … Continued

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Feisty Women

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland is delighted to shine a spotlight on the achievements of women in traditional dance as part of the 10th anniversary of Harpies, Fechters and Quines Festival running 3–9 June 2023 at Edinburgh Central Library. * We curated two unique events as part of the festival programme, entitled Feisty Trad Dance … Continued

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The Last Leaf on Earth

What would happen if there was only one leaf left on our planet? What would be the fate of the last remaining leaf? How fragile is our life compared to the power of nature? These are just some of the questions at the heart of Yuxi Jiang’s new choreography entitled The Last Leaf on Earth. … Continued

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Seeds and Sequins, Facts and Figures

  Having sown the seeds and sequins of Pomegranates 2023 festival this spring – our second annual festival of international traditional dance, we are excited to share some of the facts and figures with you. We welcomed 74 artists to our stages, screens and dance floors – all from 30 diverse backgrounds, including Ukraine and … Continued

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Latvian Ceilidh

Review by Wangxiu Cheng Did you know that Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland commissions and publishes reviews of trad dance events across Scotland and beyond? Following Meditarraneo, Cosmic Dance and Auld Lang Syne, this is the fourth review by our student-in-residence Wangxiu Cheng – an award-winning graduate of the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy. Wangxiu is … Continued

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Hip Hop and Traditional Dance

As our culture continues to diversify, so do the definitions of traditional dance, hip hop and Scottishness, especially in times of uncertainty, displacement and migration. It was at Pomegranates 2022 – the inaugural international trad dance festival initiated and curated by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland – that we embarked on the mission of exploring … Continued

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Duets

We are pleased to introduce Gabriel Schmitz – one of the newly commissioned artists-in-residence at our Pomegranates 2023 festival. Born in 1970 in Dortmund, Schmitz is a visual artist who after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, settled in Barcelona where he has lived and worked since the mid 1990s. In response to our curatorial … Continued

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Pomegranates 2023

We are delighted to announce the return of our Pomegranates festival – sowing the seeds of international traditional dance across Edinburgh this spring. Initiated and curated by the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, the annual festival will once again mark UNESCO’s International Dance Day on 29 April 2023. The second iteration of our festival weekend … Continued

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Congolese Traditional Dance

Congratulations to Kalubi Mukengela–Jacoby of Indigo Dance Company who, following our open call, was selected for the new Traditional Dance Residency through the ongoing partnership between the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and Dance Base – Scotland’s national centre for dance. Kalubi’s residency will take place at our partner’s beautiful studios in Edinburgh this spring, … Continued

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Trad Dance Highlights

What does a year in the life of Traditional Dance of Scotland look like?   Rewind back to April 2021 and relive our Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland highlights. Spot all the dance artists we have worked with. Check the facts and figures of our resources, newsletters and socials.   Just click here to access … Continued

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