“First Footing” was a tailor-made step dance residency with international percussive dance artist and dance researcher Nic Gareiss, which took place from September 2018 to June 2019. The residency was facilitated by the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in partnership with the University of Edinburgh – Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences, Moray House School of Education & School of Scottish Studies.
In Scottish folklore, First Footing is the custom of the first person to enter a household on New Year’s Day, seen as a bringer of good fortune for the coming year.
Rooted in collaboration across dance and music communities, traditional and contemporary practices, this residency spanned arts organisations, educational institutions and community groups to foster deeper levels of engagement, connectivity and encouraged support for traditional dance in Scotland.
Nic engaged with communities through partner facilitated dialogue, dance research, high-profile and community performances, workshops, masterclasses, knowledge, and pedagogical exchange. (Scroll down to view some of the engagement and professional development events for dancers and musicians that were held.)
The Residency was supported by Creative Scotland.