Descriptions of Class Levels for TAC Summer School 2022

A copy of this information can be downloaded at this link:  Summer School 2022 Class Levels

Focusing on Fundamentals: 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 feet, arms and hands, and good eye contact. Build your confidence and your knowledge of the central formations of Scottish Country Dancing.

Experienced/Low impact: This course is for dancers who have been dancing for 5+ years and are familiar with most of the formations 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. 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. Dancers will be expected to be able to dance for the entire class.

Challenge: This course is for dancers who have been dancing for 5+ years and are familiar with most of the formations 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, and 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 include, but are 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!