Highland Dancing

Highland Dancing is a Scottish type of dancing. Quite a few people on Islay and in other places in the world it is quite common to do it. It can be quite hard to do Highland Dancing if you don’t know how to do it. There are so many different types of dances to learn.

Highland Dancing was founded in the 11th or 12th century and carried on for many years. Believe it or not it is still around today!!

All of Ella Edgar’s dancers ( of which there are many) all did Highland Dancing exams. We all performed a selection of dances which were all in the original order. Sadly the Highland Dancing examiner couldn’t come to Islay because of the weather, so instead we took a video of all of our dances and sent them to her.

There were many different dances we had to learn and perform at the exams, but it is sometimes very nerve racking and scary. You got to dance with 1 or 2 other people on the stage. We did our exams at Gaelic College. 

There are a few different types of dancing like Highland, National and a few more. For Highland you have a kilt with a jacket and a white top underneath. For National you wear a white dress with a white skirt underneath and a shash. 

‘’ It’s fun and and very enjoyable, and also tiring.’’~ Ayla~ P5.



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