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
  • Rondel
  • Corner figures: turn corner-partner-corner-partner, corner chains, corners pass and turn
  • Ladies chain, men’s chain

 

Less common formations and progressions:

  • Tournée
  • Tourbillon
  • Spoke
  • Spurtle
  • Espagnole
  • La Baratte
  • Chain Progression

Please note – familiarity is expected, perfection is not!