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re: The History of Highland Dancing
By DDdancesPremium member Comments: 59, member since Tue Jun 10, 2008
On Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:51 AM
What an amazing thread, I'm from Scotland and had no idea about the most of this stuff!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By FlingingLassie Comments: 29, member since Mon Jun 30, 2008
On Mon Aug 25, 2008 06:59 PM
Thanks for the history lesson it was great. I is interesting to know the history of the dances my daughter is learning.
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By irishgirl26member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 429, member since Sun Sep 07, 2008
On Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:07 AM
really cool thread! My sister and her best friend were interested in Highland dancing. We Irish dance, though, so we know nothing about it! Thanks!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By Dancer24601member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 184, member since Mon Jan 12, 2009
On Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:04 PM
If I wasn't a Theatre Major, I'd probably would a History Major! This board is very interesting and exciting for me! I love how each dance has a story/history behind it, that's my favorite thing of Highland Dancing. I especially love the Seann Truibhas, it just makes me want to rejoice and celebrate!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By ScottishMamimember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 288, member since Thu Jan 22, 2009
On Fri Jan 23, 2009 04:54 PM
Great post! Lots of good information in it and some extra tid bits from everyone else, heck I could write a report just from reading these two pages LoL
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By kaytbones Comments: 248, member since Thu Jan 29, 2009
On Fri Jan 30, 2009 06:33 AM
Great Post - I knew the basics about some of the dances but it's interesting to have more in depth explanations and to learn about the ones I didn't know.
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By tributegirl Comments: 17, member since Sat Apr 18, 2009
On Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:11 PM
I know we all hear that Seann Triubhas is gaelic for old trousers, but it's even cooler than that. It's gaelic for 'shiny trousers'. And the reason that shiny trousers are equivalent to old trousers is that, after Culloden, the English forbad not just the wearing of tartans, but required the Scots to purchase English cotton fabric from English mills. Needless to say, the fabric was sold to the Scots at a premium, and wasn't nearly as satisfactory as wool cloth woven in the highlands (which was now forbidden). So the Scots gritted their teeth and wore the hated English cotton trews until they were worn out (shiny) in the knees and seat.
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By batd_teacherPremium member Comments: 2551, member since Mon Feb 23, 2004
On Sun Apr 19, 2009 05:30 AM
{q}So the Scots gritted their teeth and wore the hated English cotton trews until they were worn out (shiny) in the knees and seat.(/q}

That brought back a memory! Sorry for the hijack but many many years ago when I was in Grade 6 French Immersion, we always had to come in from lunch time recess and follow the Principal up the stairs to class. Because I was one of the shortest, I was at the head of the line (according to size) and of course he was right in front of me. Couldn't help but remember the Seann Truibhas every day because our Principal had the "shiny trousers". Not nice to laugh I guess, but I remember giggling and trying to hide it!

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re: The History of Highland Dancing
By alanbstardmp Comments: 22, member since Sun Mar 15, 2009
On Fri Jul 31, 2009 06:13 AM
I like the sword dances. i think they are and artform and a ststement of culture and history

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re: The History of Highland Dancing
By thaifoodqueen Comments: 49, member since Mon Dec 14, 2009
On Mon May 31, 2010 11:47 AM
Wow what a treasure trove of information! I have a guy friend at work who doesn't understand the difference between Scottish Highland dance and Riverdance and I promised I would send him info and maybe a video link to help him, and, look, here is the perfect solution. Thank you!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By lvd Comments: 20, member since Fri Jun 11, 2010
On Tue Jun 29, 2010 01:33 PM
Thank you for posting this information. My daughter and I are new to highland dancing.
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By superdancer5member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 56, member since Fri Sep 04, 2009
On Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:38 AM
wounderful post thank you:)
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By tartandancer59member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 26, member since Wed Mar 17, 2010
On Tue Jul 06, 2010 06:14 PM
Thank you for the sticky. I feel it is important for the dancers to know the history of their chosen style of dance. Many dancers get up and dance without knowing the purpose or story behind each one.
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By f_and_m_mum Comments: 48, member since Mon Jun 23, 2008
On Wed Sep 08, 2010 01:15 PM
Thanks for this sticky. This information should be made mandatory to all new dancers and parents so that everyone understands the background to the dances. I am working on a booklet for our school of dance and this kind of info comes in very handy for new parents!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By emuhighland Comments: 108, member since Wed Sep 15, 2010
On Tue Sep 21, 2010 02:30 PM
great post loved all the history and information

thanks
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By granfling Comments: 32, member since Wed Jan 07, 2009
On Sun Dec 12, 2010 09:39 AM
Thanks to all the people who posted info on the history of highland dance. I (and my students!!) love all the history in the dances. When we go to shows it really helps with the intervals between the dances to give a good story here and there!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By irishfeislovemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1060, member since Tue Nov 16, 2010
On Sat Dec 18, 2010 07:59 PM
this was very informative and interesting to a non-highland dnacer (YET). I want to start soon, and this is good to know
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By highland_yt Comments: 11, member since Sun Dec 26, 2010
On Sun Dec 26, 2010 01:42 AM
Thank you! I was looking for the history of the jig to tell my dancers but I couldn't find a reliable one! Thanks!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By scottychick Comments: 49, member since Thu Jun 18, 2009
On Fri Jan 07, 2011 09:17 AM
Loved reading all the posts here!
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By dancer_aimyXomember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 962, member since Wed Oct 15, 2008
On Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:15 PM
I dont do Highland and now I know loads :D
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By westmeg Comments: 59, member since Mon Feb 07, 2011
On Tue Mar 22, 2011 04:47 AM
great write up my daughter dances and it has given her a better insite into what the dances are about many thanks it was great reading
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By highlanddancerma Comments: 23, member since Sun Nov 06, 2011
On Sat Nov 12, 2011 05:48 PM
A very interesting post - I knew about the fling and sword but not the other dances.
re: The History of Highland Dancing
By dadofdancer15 Comments: 4, member since Tue Mar 27, 2012
On Sun Apr 08, 2012 01:22 PM
Thanks so much for posting this. I do alot of mc-ing at my daughter's dance performances at festivals and such, and I've used the stuff I learned from you to explain Scottish dancing to the masses many times. They love learning while they watch.
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