Dancing through the Scottish Enlightenment
When & Where
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 and the beginning of the 19th century), as well as demonstrate some of the dance techniques used. Participants will learn about the city’s most famous dancers, dancing masters and dance locations as well as what was danced on the stages and in the ballrooms of the Scottish capital. Students will also try out some of those dances for themselves in a friendly and informal environment.
The course consists of 5 sessions, each 2-hours long and held on the following dates 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 18 Nov, and 2 Dec.) Each session will combine a theoretical overview (30 - 45 min), and a practical dance element (75 - 90 min). The practical part of the session will start with 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.
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.