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Edyth Starkie Rackham (1867-1941) Fairies Spider Web

World Wide Web Day

Mar 12

Other Scottish Country Dances for this Day

Today's Musings, History & Folklore

"Scottish dancing is like a spider's web: intricate, and woven through with the same patterns traced by dancers gone by. Each step is one of many threads, binding the past with the present in a timeless reel of tradition."

~ Anonymous

The internet is many things, but one definitely positive thing is the accessibility of online Scottish Dance resources! This reel was devised to "recognise the increasing role of the internet (the web) in the proliferation of Scottish Country Dancing! Here are just a few resources available to today's dancers:

Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary -
Sccottish Country Dancing Database -
Eight by Thirty-Two -
John Drewy Dances -
Youtube -
Mini Crib Database -
Danciemation -

and of course

Scottish Country Dance of the Day for your light entertainment and holiday theme collections! 😃

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The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) centre in Geneva, Switzerland, as a way to communicate with co-workers via hyperlinks.

The concept of the Internet began in the 1960s with the development of packet switching and research commissioned by the United States Department of Defense to build robust, fault-tolerant communication via computer networks. The first practical schematics for the Internet would not arrive until the early 1960s when MIT’s J.C.R. Licklider popularized the idea of an “Intergalactic Network” of computers. Shortly thereafter, computer scientists developed the concept of “packet switching,” a method for effectively transmitting electronic data that would later become one of the major building blocks of the Internet.

The first workable prototype of the Internet came in the late 1960s with the creation of ARPANET, or the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, ARPANET used packet switching to allow multiple computers to communicate on a single network. The network was initially set to connect four independent terminals located at UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah. The connection of these computers on October 29, 1969, is considered the birth of the Internet as we know it today.

The oldest known web page complete with hyperlinks, is online for historical browsing today.   Click the original World Wide Web logo below, to browse back to the 1990s in time or go to:

And for one of the most useful resources on the web, The Scottish Country Dance Database, click the spider web!

And to see the dance, scroll below for a video produced by Iain Hale, 2009.

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Click the dance cribs or description below to link to a printable version of the dance!

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