Valentine's Day

Celebrate  Valentine's Day with special jigs, reels, and strathspeys!  

 

A traditional Sottish love token is the presentation to the recipient of your affection with a Luckenbooth brooch, often given as a betrothal or wedding brooch.

These silver brooches consisted of entwined hearts, or hearts with a crown on top. The name is derived from the Luckenbooths or Locking Booths – small shops that were a regular feature on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

 

Luckenbooths also might be worn by nursing mothers or be pinned to a baby's clothing to protect it from harm.  Variations of these brooches were also sometimes known as a witches' brooches or witches' hearts to protect against the "evil eye."

 

Selected Dances

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From the 17th century on fans were used by both women and men to communicate. The Original Fanology or Ladies' Conversation Fan was published in 1797. It contained details about how to hold complete conversations through simple movements of a fan. Some common movements included: Drawing it across the cheek or placing the fan on the heart (I love you); Letting it rest on the right cheek (yes); Letting it rest on the left cheek (no); Dropping the fan (We will be friends); Drawing the fan across the eyes (I am sorry); Twirling it in right hand (I love another); and Carrying it in right hand in front of face (Follow me)!

The Flirt

Valentine's Day

 Valentine Dance Index 

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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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