Jan 1

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

We're deep into Burns Night season leading up to Jan 25th! Planning a Burns Supper Dance? Enjoy a Virtual Burns Night in Scottish Country Dance form and move through a traditional evening with vintage images and Scottish Country Dances for every aspect! Or augment your own Burns Night by choosing a dance from our Burns Night selections. We've had the WELCOME dances, the HAGGIS dances, the SONGS & POEMS dances, the TRADITIONAL SUPPER & TOAST DANCES ... let's move on to the dancing and music ceilidh part of the evening with BURNS TRIBUTE DANCES, referencing the man himself! There's a special set of dances specifically naming the poet, who amongst his other interests (or perhaps because of them), was fond of dancing! According to Burns himself, around 1779 as a young man he began attending country dancing lessons in Tarbolton. He writes: "In my seventeenth year, to give my manners a brush, I went to a country dancing school. My father had an unaccountable antipathy against these meetings; and my going was, what to this hour I repent, in absolute defiance of his commands." Burns’s dance teacher William Gregg played the fiddle while Robert learned the steps. If you're lucky enough to have your own fiddle player, you can dance to the following namesake dances: Burns Night, Salute to Robert Burns, Rabbie's Rant, The Star o' Rabbie Burns, The Exciseman and many more! "But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels, Put life and mettle in their heels." ~ Tam O'Shanter, 1790 Shown: Burns in James Sibbald's Circulating Library, Parliament Square, 1856


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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the


Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 


Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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