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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 09-Aug-2005, 08:30 PM

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Instead of Toss the Feathers, they should call it Toss the Steps!

Do the routines vary that greatly? I have to admit, I've only seen snippets of Irish dance here and there.

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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 30-Jul-2005, 12:02 PM

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Anybody heard anything yet?
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 26-Jul-2005, 10:08 PM

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I broke my third metarsal a few years back and feel for you! I have heard in Irish you have to wait to compete. Thank goodness we can move about in Highland. Everything is standardized and we all do the same. I love choreographies to get creative...and adore watching Irish Step!
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 26-Jul-2005, 10:06 PM

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The games were held in the park. A big park! lol. Oh yeah that's the one...Churchill Park. Had to think for a minute. Not bad if you're a duck!
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 21-Jul-2005, 01:07 PM

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My husband deals with plantar's fasciatis due to his job. Years of therapy at a foot specialist, special inserts for footwear, and proper rest are bringing them back to normal.

One of the big helps for this is a rub down of the foot. It's caused by tiny tears in the muscle tissue and the massaging speeds the repair (not to mention, feels great).
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 19-Jul-2005, 07:55 PM

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I LOVE that gathering. Very friendly venue. Stone wall building, highland cattle, horses, pipe bands, dancers, town crier, the best scones and cream you'll ever get! My brother lives over in Sunderland so it's a nice wee jaunt.
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 18-Jul-2005, 05:07 PM

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Anyone going?
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 18-Jul-2005, 05:06 PM

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Slosh slosh! Boy was that a wet games! Lost my tent to wind and rain, venue lost electricity when the building was struck! Had a blast though! Nothing like the smell of wet kilts in the morning!

The pic I attached came from the Cambridge newspaper
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 18-Jul-2005, 04:58 PM

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We just "swam" back from Cambridge Ontario. Torrential downpours really took it's toll on the whole day! We were moved inside but the lightening found us and killed the lights for about 45 minutes. Right In the Middle of the Seann Truibhas for Beginners!

On to Uxbridge this Saturday, then BraceBridge at the end of August. I see a theme in towns we are attending! Hmm with all the water, it's appropriate! sweatdrop.gif

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The pic attached comes from the newspaper in Cambridge...yuch, wet kilt!
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 29-Jun-2005, 09:25 PM

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For me - they're all south! We travel 8 to 10 hours southward to get to the games in Ontario. We need more in the North!
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 29-Jun-2005, 09:19 PM

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Hi Vicky and everyone!

I'm a Highland teacher and dancer in Ontario. Highland is my life! I have two daughters who dance and compete as well. We do lots of dancing in our community (which is hard since unless it has a hockey stick or ballet shoes, it's hard to get kids interested!) biggrin.gif

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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 28-Jun-2005, 08:57 PM

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Hi everyone!

I've read all the series and am trying to get my hands on Lord John Grey - a Private Matter. It keeps selling out!

We'll be at Fergus this year and I am hoping to see our dear author there. I missed her last year!

Now I read a few pages back and one of our own sells Celtic jewellery at Fergus? I gotta know! I can never find anything in our neck of the woods and have to travel to the games.
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 27-Jun-2005, 06:37 PM

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I had heard that as well. They are certainly up against some stiff competition (no dance pun intended) seeing that the Canadian Championships are the same weekend for Highland Dance on the East Coast!

We intend to support Cambridge this year as we don't have any dancers yet at the level for the Championships (our highest is in Intermediate).
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 07:26 AM

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Anyone going???? biggrin.gif
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 07:25 AM

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I started out in Modern Ferguson, then moved to Dress McLeod (our group's tartan when I was younger), then into the Mclaren (our pipe band's tartan), then into Dress Lamont (my dance group's tartan now). My daughter danced in the Dance Ferguson (check it out at Highland X-press). She outgrew it..sniff sniff.
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 07:22 AM

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I am so happy that there is alot more of information sharing and health awareness in dance now. "Back in the Day", it was stretch a little, get up and dance. Dancers have access to so much more support now. Doctors are more aware that dance is akin to sport and that simply quitting is not an option! At least for the true of heart dancers. There are better exercises, physical care, and teachers who are in the know - so they train the dancers better. Seldom do you see a dancer performing on pavement or cement anymore! This from a dance teacher who suffers a deterioating miniscus!

Hope you feet feel better!
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 07:17 AM

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The difference between SCD and Highland is what makes them both so unique and both so much fun!

SCD is group dancing. Some areas refer to SCD as "barn-dancing", country dancing, or Scottish dancing. SCD is done in sets of even numbers of men and women (but not all the time - a la Shepherd's Crook). SCD has formations and travelling, retires and advances, and is lovely to watch when the whole group performs. It's a wonderful social dance. If you have never seen it, the closest thing I can think of would be to watch a movie with a renaissance theme and when the royals have a ball, those kinds of dances would be the closest idea. These dances are done at ceilidhs and balls and parties.

Highland is more of a solo dancing. It uses some similar movements as SCD (pas de basques, sheddings, springpoints). It is made of four dances only - Highland Fling, Seann Truibhas, Sword Dance and a Strathspey or Reel (which is the only Highland Dance with more than one person). Originally danced and competed only by men, these dances are done in the kilt.

National Dances are the feminine dances that Highland Dancers perform/compete. Dancers (the ladies) wear the arasaid or aboyne, or they wear the white national dress. There are tonnes of these dances!

Scottish Lilt, Flora MacDonald's Fancy, Blue Bonnets over the Border, Highland Laddie, Wilt thou go to the Barracks-Johnnie?, Village Maid, Scotch Measure, Dusty Miller, First of August, Tribute to J.L. MacKenzie, etc, etc, etc.

Then, there are the "others" -
Argyle/Lochaber- Broadsword (a four person-four sword - sword dance)
Irish Jig, Sailor's Hornpipe, Perth Assembly, Come Ashore Jacky Tar

I cannot speak for SCD, but in Highland, we are "governed" by one of two boards. Either dancers who are registered to compete follow the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance, or they follow the Scottish Official Highland Dance Association. That is a long, convoluted discussion about the two. Each of which I completely respect and understand their need. I follow the SOBHD and am certified under their branch called British Association Teachers of Dance. There are groups out there who follow neither, but those groups are mostly performance and need not register as they do not compete.

Whew! Any questions? wacko.gif
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 06:50 AM

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This Second-Generation Scottish Canadian of Ferguson descent just thought it might be fun to set up a thread for the "Fergy's" of the Web!

My family-line has a Payton Place-type story linking back to Lochwinnoch and landing in Ontario, Canada. It would be interesting to see how we all "landed" away. biggrin.gif
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 06:43 AM

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Is there an actual online translator that can give you the Gaelic version of a phrase? I know that there are a few that will give you a single word, but I find that there are sometimes more than one meaning for a word, in either language. book.gif
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 06:36 AM

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I have heard that in order to wear an official clan tartan, if you are not a member of the clan (i.e. Maclean would be your actual last name, or married into it, ), or in the sept of the clan, proper request is "supposed" to be made of the current Clan Chief.

Most clans have official web sites and there is contact information on them. That's how I would go about it if it was a great concern. It does show respect and you just might make some great contacts through it! biggrin.gif
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 23-Jun-2005, 06:32 AM

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Thanks for the warm welcome!

Up here I teach 20 children under the age of 16 competitive and performance Highland dance. Two of which are my daughters. We do alot of community events to promote and preserve Scottish Dance. I teach a little SCD so the dancers experience it as well, though I am not a professional at it...just using a little book and my memory for SCD.

We travel to competitions (most are 8 hours away) and the dancers fare pretty well. Most of them are beginners but I have a few in novice and one just moved into intermediate.

I love Celtic music...any celtic music. I have it playing morning to night. It's the most motivational music and really inspires me in all aspects of my life! yes.gif
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 21-Jun-2005, 12:54 PM

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I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here the only tunes our community stands up, shuts up for is O Canada, and the Hockey Night in Canada Song (silent tear sliding down cheek - sign the damn contracts!)
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 20-Jun-2005, 07:40 PM

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Hi everyone!

I am a Highland Dance instructor, and dance mom. Just thought I'd introduce myself!
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Dalriada Dancer Posted on: 20-Jun-2005, 07:37 PM

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In Highland Dance, our tradition is to dance widdershins around the swords and be aptly careful not to touch our kick them. Royal08.gif


We always "pay" the piper when we dance.

There's always a toast to the Flowers of the Forest.

Auld Lang Syne sung at each ceilidh and kitchen party.


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