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HIGHLAND DANCING
Dances, Competition, Judging

Fling, Sword, Seann Triubbhas
Highland Reel, Nationals, Dancer's Links


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Than under a Scotsman's Kilt

Highland Dancing


dancers


Highland Dancing

is a combination of movement,
music, and costume.The dances are generally danced solo
and in competition. The music~~a tune on the bagpipes.

There are usually four or six steps to a dance. Anyone, not
only those who are Scottish, but anyone, who loves dancing,

enjoys the sound of the bagpipes or just wants to learn
Highland Dancing can join in and learn the dances!!!

Students develop self-discipline and confidence as they
take on the physical demands of Highland dancing.Strength,

stamina and precision exhibited by accomplished dancers on
stage comes from years of training with experienced teachers.


Timing Technique Deportment


Judges evaluate a dancer on three major crtiteria

TIMING, TECHNIQUE AND DEPORTMENT


TIMING
Refers to the ability of the dancer to follow the
rhythm of the music. Dancers must place feet, arms and head
in a very precise position simultaneously with the music.

TECHNIQUE
The correct execution of footwork in coordin-
ation with head, arm and hand movements. Elevation, or the
ability to spring vigorously above the dance platform,counts
heavily. But: regardless of how showy a movement may appear,
it can never really be a winner if performed out of position


DEPORTMENT
The interpretation displayed while performing
the dance. Balance and general appearance are very important.
And, it's important that no matter how difficult the dance is~
the dancer must display supple movement with pleasure, effort-
lessly, withoug elaborate showiness, and a unhurried attitude



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SOME COMPETITION DANCES

Highland Dance Competion..Competitors Lined up
for a massed Highland Fling

Massed highland fling


THE HIGHLAND FLING

A dance of battle victory. Traditionally, ancient warriors and
clansmen performed this dance on the small round shield (called
a targ) which they carried into battle.
One can understand the
quick footwork and dexterity of the dancer when it's pointed out
that most targs had a pinpoint sharp spike of steel - projecting
5" - 6" from its center - so a false step could be very painful


THE SWORD DANCE (GHILLIE CALLUM


The ancient dance of war of the Scottish Gael. It dates back to
King Malcolm Canmore. There is no Highland Dance older or better
known than the Ghillie Callum. Tradition says the original Ghillie
Callum was a Celtic prince and a hero of mortal combat;against one
of MacBeth's chiefs at the Battle of Dunsinane in 1504 he is said
to have taken the chief's sword and crossed over it with his own on
the ground before him - and then danced over them in exultation.


THE SEANN TRIUBHAS


Prounounced 'shawn trews' in Gaelic, in English it transslates to
'old trousers.' Origins are obscure: it definitely depicts one in
the act of shedding his trousers. It's said by some the dance came
about in 1783 when the British Disarming Act of 1747 was finally
repealed and Scots were allowed to wear their tartans and kilts once
again. The dance mimics a Scot shedding his britches (during the slow,
first part of the dance) and returning to his tradition of Highland
dress and custom (during the final, up-tempo fling-like step).


THE STRATHSPEY AND HIGHLAND REEL


Of all the Highland Dancing events in which the competitors vie, the
reels are the closest approach to social dancing. Even these,however,
are individual competitions. The teams consist of four dancers and
judges mark each competitor individually. Legend has it the reel orig-
inated with wellwishers waiting for the minister to arrive at the
church for a wedding on a cold day ~ and the group danced to stay warm




Links and Resources

DANCER'S LINKS


Highland Dancing

JR. HIGHLAND DANCING

COWAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
OFFICIAL WEDSITE

DANCE ART



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