Scottish Country Dance for Children
Mary McQuilliams
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 3:00pm
Dance 1 -- Room 226

Scottish country dance (SCD) is a form of social dance danced for fitness, fun & friendship. It involves couples of dancers dancing patterns according to a predetermined choreography. SCD has its roots in folk dancing. It became popular around the 18th century and was a light relief from the more courtly dances normally danced. Scottish country dances are categorized as reels (including hornpipes), jigs, and strathspeys according to the type of music to which they are danced. Reels & jigs are quick-time dances featuring fast tempos, quick movements and a lively feel. Strathspeys have a much slower tempo and a more tempered, stately feel. The workshop will focus on foot movements, patterns & quick time dances.

Mary McQuilliams has been dancing Scottish country dancing for 25 years and teaching children since 1999. She is a fully accredited teacher with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Edinburgh, Scotland. She has taught Scottish Country dancing workshops for both adults and children on two occasions at the SF Free Folk Festival. She currently has three SCD youth classes in Berkeley.