Why Scottish Country Dance ?
Good reasons, from a 3rd year Comox Valley dancer:
This is my third year to dance with the Comox Valley Scottish Country Dancers.
I love it. The people are generous and warm; the music makes you want to dance;
the instruction is superb; and the physical and memory exercise is great.
I was lost all of the first year. The kindness of my fellow dancers kept
me going in the right direction, most of the time. Nearing the end of my
second year I began to get the lingo well enough to understand the cribs—dance
instructions available online. Then I could actually begin to study the dance
figures at home. Then I had the confidence to venture out to the club in
Nanaimo for their yearend dance. This fall, while visiting my sister in
Manhatten we dropped in at St. Barts where the New York City dancers hold
their classes. Same as everywhere else: warm and welcoming folks, great
instructions and fun dances.
.. and more, from a 5th year Comox Valley dancer:
I discovered Scottish Country Dancing about five years ago and have never looked back. The dancers were welcoming, the instructors experienced (and patient), the dances mentally challenging and the exercise welcome. Scottish Country Dancing has such a great history with thousands of dances devised since the mid 1750’s. Generally they are three to four minutes long and danced in a set with four couples to piano, violin and/or accordion music. The challenge is to learn and keep in mind the three or four figures that comprise each dance as you are doing it. Great exercise for the brain!! There is footwork to master, too, but that comes with practice over time.