Getting People Dancing – Covid Recovery Fund

  The Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland is seeking proposals from individuals and organisations for plans for traditional dance events to take place once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 30th April 2021   Further details and how to apply can be found by following the link below: Getting … Continued

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Traditional Arts Mentoring Programme

TRACS is delighted to be assisting Creative Scotland and other partners in delivering a pilot programme of Traditional Arts Mentoring, building on work undertaken by the Traditional Music Forum. The aim is to exchange knowledge, skills and experience between the generations. The programme is aimed at early or mid-career practitioners in Scotland. Successful applicants will … Continued

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Getting to know you… Bernie Hewitt

Bernie Hewitt –   TDFS Secretary   It is now over three years since I first joined the board of the TDFS, and more recently was asked to take on the role of secretary and treasurer.   As all the minute taking and record keeping is done very efficiently by our full-time staff member, my emphasis has … Continued

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We Are Creating Lockdown Lore

It’s been hard to miss the various creative responses to the restrictions, mandatory and self-imposed, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. From the weekly outbreak of applause, pot-banging and bell-ringing in appreciation of the health workers, to rainbows in windows, and comedian Janey Godley’s affectionate parodies of the First Minister, people have been making sense of … Continued

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World Dance Day – Connecting Two Worlds by Leonie Sweeney

For many years two important parts of my life ran along in parallel. My life in traditional dance arose from my own enjoyment of Irish and Scottish social dance and the old-style stepping traditions of both countries. Sharing the Irish Sets and Scottish Cèilidh dances I learned over the years seemed a natural thing to … Continued

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Book Launch: Hebridean Step Dancing by Mats Melin

On Friday 12 July 2019, it was 140 years since dancing master Ewen MacLachlan passed away in Daliburgh, South Uist. He left a legacy of solo dances which were kept alive by a number of people over the years including Fearachar MacNeil of Barra, John ‘Iain Ruadh’ MacLeod and Donald ‘Roidein’ MacDonald both of South … Continued

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Callout: dancers aged 16-25 needed to perform in The Jaialdia Mix

The Jaialdia Mix is an exciting new dance performance project for young people aged between 16 – 25 years old. We are looking for a group of young people with some experience in traditional dance (with a special focus on highland) to be involved in a collaborative project with young people from the Basque Country. This … Continued

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The Art of Treepling – Mini Traditional Dance Festival Announced on International Dance Day

The Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland & The University of Edinburgh present ‘The Art of Treepling’, a mini festival of percussive dance culminating the First Footing residency with international dance artist Nic Gareiss.  TODAY, on International Dance Day, the grand culmination of the First Footing residency – The Art of Treepling – is announced. The … Continued

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TRACS Supports Stay In Scotland Campaign

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, issued an open letter to EU citizens living in Scotland on 5 April 2019. Following up from her original open letter in 2016, the message of welcome remains, stating: ‘Scotland is your home, you are welcome here, and you are valued. You play a crucial role in Scotland’s … Continued

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Dantza Screening + Traditional Basque Dance

A celebration of Basque Traditional Dance in the most contemporary way possible. Friday 26 April | 7:30pm | Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh “Dantza” is a musical feature, turning on Basque dances and their ancestral symbolism. The project yokes the talents of director Telmo Esnal, artist and sculptor Koldobika Jauregui, and scholar and folklorist Juan Antonio Urbeltz. … Continued

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