Scottish highland dance is ancient in origin, dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. These dances, in the beginning, were expressions of both personal and social emotions: joy, victory, or perhaps symbolic of one's work. The dances described here are highland dances used in competition: Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Truibhas, Sailors Hornpipe, The Scottish Lilt, The Irish Jig, and Flora Macdonald's Fancy. Dancing starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Irish Feis Dance
One trait that has remained constant and one that separates Irish dance from virtually all others is that an Irish dancer dances from the hips down only, the remainder of the body is held rigid, and the arms, except in group dancing, are kept at the side. Dances used in competition include jigs, reels, hornpipes, and set dances. Adults, including figure competitions and championships, will be on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. All other competitions will be on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. with figure competitions.
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