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24 Fun and Easy Scottish Country Dances for use in schools, at Days of Dance, Festivals and for beginners and 8 Popular Ceilidh Dances

Compiled and edited by members of TAS Teachers’ Association Scotland
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Introduction to Teachers

  1. Videos and other resources . . . . . . . . 4

  2. Five types of country dance. . . . . . . . 4

  3. The formations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

  4. Before you teach the dances . . . . . . . 5

  5. Basic steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

  6. Using music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

  7. Couples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

  8. Teaching a dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

  9. Making up your own dance . . . . . . . . 8

  10. Organising a school ceilidh . . . . . . . . 8

  11. Other resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

24 Easy Scottish Country Dances

  1. The Way to the Festival . . . . . . . . . . 12

  2. Fife Capers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

  3. The Piano Player. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

  4. The Loon Mountain Reel. . . . . . . . . . 15

  5. The Alloway Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

  6. The Clootie Dumpling . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

  7. My Friend Jim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

  8. Miltonduff Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

  9. Miss Ross’s Delight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

  10. The Stone of Scone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

  11. Reel for Chocolate Bourbons . . . . . 22

  12. The Buckshaw Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

  1. Good Hearted Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . 24

  2. The Jindalee Jig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

  3. Profiteroles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

  4. Kelly’s Kaper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

  5. The Brodick Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

  6. Burnt Tatties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

  7. The Clockwork Orange . . . . . . . . . . 30

  8. Colquhoun Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

  9. The Third Forth Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . 32

  10. Fairground Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

  11. Catch me if you can! . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

  12. Galloway Lads and Lassies. . . . . . . . 35

8 Popular Ceilidh Dances

  1. The Gay Gordons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

  2. The Canadian Barn Dance . . . . . . . . 39

  3. The Dashing White Sergeant . . . . . 40

  4. The Virginia Reel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

  5. The Flying Scotsman. . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

  6. Strip the Willow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

  7. The Circassian Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

  8. The Eightsome Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Terms used in the Dances . . . . . . . . 47

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