Dancing through the Scottish Enlightenment

When & Where

Edinburgh Adult Education Programme
Repeats every 2 weeks every Sunday 5 times.
Sunday, 29 January 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, 12 February 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, 26 February 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, 12 March 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, 26 March 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Inch House Community Centre, 225 Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5UF

Event Details

The course will introduce students to the historical and social background of formal dance repertoires in Edinburgh during the Scottish Enlightenment (from the end of the 17th – the beginning of the 19th century), as well as demonstrate some of the dance techniques used. Participants will learn about what was danced on the stages and in the ballrooms of the Scottish capital (and the identities of some of the city’s most famous dancers), as well as have the opportunity to try out some of these dances for themselves in a friendly and informal environment.

What to expect: The course consists of 5 sessions, each 2 hours long and held fortnightly. Each session will combine a theoretical overview and a practical dance element. The practical part of the session will start with a warm-up and finish with cool-down exercises to prevent the risk of injury. Course notes with brief information points and dance descriptions will be provided. Where appropriate, video recordings of some of the steps taught in class will be made available to enable further practice at home.


Alena Shmakova


£43.50/ £21.75/£17.25

Event Location

Inch House Community Centre
225 Gilmerton Rd
EH16 5UF


Please note that you should check with the event organiser to confirm details of times and location - Scottish Local History Forum is not responsible for the events hosted by Member Societies.