Hook Scottish Country Dance Club

Following our summer break the new season of Scottish Country Dancing at Hook Scottish Country Dance Club started on Thursday, 7th September at the Newnham Village Hall.


What is Scottish Country Dancing?

For those of us who “Dance Scottish”, we take it for granted that everyone knows what Scottish Country Dancing is. However, some may be under the impression that Scottish Country Dancing involves hopping and skipping around swords with our arms held above our heads. This is Highland Dancing and requires high levels of fitness. Neither should Scottish Country Dancing be confused with Ceilidh dancing where couples dance together, although some dances cross the divide between the two, e.g. The Dashing White Sergeant.

SCD is very sociable – there is no need to come with a partner as it’s usual to dance with several different partners during an evening of dancing. The basic steps and formations are easy to pick up. Dancers are grouped into sets, typically of 3, 4 or 5 couples arranged either in two lines (men facing women) or in a square or triangle, and work together to dance a sequence of formations. This will leave them in a new order, and the dance is repeated enough times to bring them back to their starting positions, with everyone dancing each position in turn. Dances vary considerably in complexity and ease of dancing.

The formations can be as simple as dancing the shape of a figure of eight, or two couples changing places giving right hand then left hand in the shape of a square. There are thousands of dances, as new ones are being devised all the time; some catch on, others fall by the wayside. We don’t learn dances by heart; instead they are walked through before the music starts. Frequently they are forgotten by the end of the evening and only the very popular dances are eventually committed to long term memory needing only a quick refresher before they are danced again.

SCD can help improve your fitness, and your social life. Flat, flexible soled shoes, (not trainers) are best for dancing and you don’t need to come along with a partner.


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