Descriptions of Class Levels for TAC Summer School 2020
A copy of this information can be downloaded at this link: Summer School 2020 Class Levels
Focusing on Fundamentals / Level 1 – this course is for new and recent dancers (1-4 years), as well as returning dancers, and anyone who is interested in really working on the basics of good footwork, effective use of arms and hands, and good interaction with partners and others in the set. Build your confidence and your knowledge of the central formations of Scottish Country Dancing.
Experienced / Level 2 – this course is for dancers who have been dancing 5+ years and are familiar with most of the formations (please see list) used in Scottish country dancing. Dancers can expect teachers to include step-practice and to explore aspects of good technique as part of the class. Dancers will be expected to be able to dance the entire class.
Experienced low impact / Level 3 – this course is for dancers who have been dancing 5+ years and are familiar with most of the formations (please see list) used in Scottish country dancing. Your spirit is willing, but your bones creak? You want to be able to enjoy both the morning classes and the evening dances? This course will include low-impact techniques and will be suitable for anyone who is injured, needs to be careful or is simply interested in exploring ways to keep dancing as long as possible.
Experienced high impact / Level 4 – this course is for dancers who have been dancing 5+ years and are familiar with most of the formations (please see list) used in Scottish country dancing. Are you up for an hour of highland schottische setting at 9 am on a Monday morning? Are you someone who will be able to dance all morning, all afternoon, all evening and still want to go for a midnight hike? Then this is the course for you.
List of formations for experienced dancers
All basic and regularly recurring formations and progressions including, but not limited to, the following examples:
- Setting – set to corners, set to and turn corners, set to corners and partners (aka “hello and good-bye” setting), set and link, set and rotate, double triangles, crown triangles
- Reels – reels of 3, reels of 4, mirror reels, cross-over reels
- Rights and lefts, rights and lefts for three couples, grand chain
- Poussette in quick time, poussette in strathspey time
- Allemande for 2, for 3, for 4
- Promenade for 2, for 3, progressive
- Knot for 2, for 3
- Corner figures: turn corner-partner-corner-partner, corner chains, corners pass and turn
- Ladies chain, men’s chain
Less common formations and progressions:
- La Baratte
- Chain Progression
Please note – familiarity is expected, perfection is not!
Use this link to download a file of the dances taught at TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend 2019 by Jimmie Hill at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Use this link to download a file of the dances taught at TAC Summer School 2019 at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dances were taught by core teachers: Linda Henderson, Jimmie Hill, Moira Kourus, and Geoffrey Selling
Miss Milligan's Miscellany
Teachers' Association (Canada) and The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society undertook a joint project in 2014. The purpose of the project was to clarify some of the ambiguities and inconsistencies that are found in Miss Milligan's Miscellany.
We are indebted to Pat Coyle, Ruth Jappy, Jean Martin and Mervyn Short for the time and diligence they brought to this project. We trust you will find the Notes useful.
Scottish Country Dancing is done all over the world. Frequently, these dances are being done by non-Scottish and even non-English speakers. This leaves doubt in how a dance name is pronounced. With the help of the phonetic pronunciation included in the Notes above and an audio file of the dance name being spoken, we hope to allieviate some of this doubt. Please keep in mind that there are many dialects in Scotland and the audio files below represent only one of these dialects.
Please click on the dance name to hear how the dance is pronounced.