Scotland is alive with traditional dancing. Thousands of people participate and watch traditional dance in Scotland and throughout the world.
Written material on Scottish dance dates back to the 1700s. Over time, particular styles evolved, and many geographical areas of Scotland have their own unique dance variations.
Reels were commonly danced. This is a dance for three of more people where steps are danced on the spot, alternating with travelling figures in a circle or figure of eight. Shetland, in particular, has invested in keeping its reels alive and many are danced today.
Start tapping your toe to the sound of the pipes or fiddle and you are on you’re way to Scottish dancing.
Scottish dance can broadly be described as four different styles, with certain techniques, moves, footwork and patterns common to all. Dances of the same name, for example, the Reel of Tulloch, can be performed in a different style, changing the feel and look of the dance. Whether it’s ceilidh dancing, Highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, or step-dancing, Scottish music on the pipes, fiddle, accordion and Gaelic song unite and celebrate it all.