Scottish Highland Dance Competition
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Scottish Highland Dancing in Timmins Ontario has a long history dating back decades in the Porcupine Camp. Canada's Northern Ontario School of Scottish Dance is very excited to be able continue the tradition of Scottish Dance competition in 2015 by hosting the Timmins Heart of Gold Highland Dance Competition during the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival on Saturday August 29th on the banks of the Mattagami River in Timmins, Ontario – One of the popular kayak competitions in Canada. The competition is open to both Premier and Pre-Premier highland dancers (Primary/Beginner/Novice/Intermediate) registered with ScotDance Canada/Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. This will be an outdoor competition with alternate venue in case of inclement weather. Accommodations and Camping information will be provided with your registration package.
Pre-Premier Highland Competition: This competition is for primary to intermediate dancers and includes the Highland Fling, Pas de Basques, Pas de Basques & High Cuts, Sword Dance, Seann Triubbhas, Flora MacDonald’s Fancy, and Scottish Lilt. Primary dancers receive an encouragement award and participation gifts while Beginners to Intermediates receive winner and runner-up trophies.
Premier Highland Competition: The Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubbhas, Sailor”s Hornpipe and the Irish Jig are included in this competition for Premier dancers.
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The Northern Ontario School of Scottish Dance aims to promote and encourage Scottish Highland Dancing and its culture in the City of Timmins, the Province of Ontario and beyond! Our affiliations: Supervisory Board -Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) Association – British Association of Teachers of Dancing – Highland (BATD) Competition Organization – ScotDance Canada (Ontario) The Northern Ontario School of Scottish Dance and the Dalriada Scottish Dancers were formed in 1997 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada by Certified Instructor, Marnie Ferguson-Lapierre. The Dancers study the traditional dances of Scotland using the B.A.T.D. method. The Dalriada Scottish Dancers perform at local and northern events well as compete at various competitions and highland games. We develop our dancers at an individual pace. Performing and competing is not compulsory, though our dancers are encouraged to complete medal testing on a yearly basis. Dances and attire is age appropriate. Emphasis is placed on preserving the Scottish traditional dances through fun, learning and team work.
The Competition Dances for 2015
The Highland Fling This is the oldest of the traditional dances of Scotland. The Highland Fling is danced on the spot, and is said represent a stag on a hillside; the grouped fingers and upheld arms representing the antlers. It is well known to be a military callisthenic in some regiments.
The Sword Dance (Gillie Chalium) The tune, Gillie Chalium, dates back to the days of Malcolm Canmore (Shakespeare’s MacBeth). The Sword Dance was danced prior to a battle. To kick the swords was considered a bad omen for the impending battle, and the soldier would expect to be wounded. If many of the soldiers kicked their swords the chieftain of the clan would expect to lose the battle.
The Seann Triubhas Pronounced “shawn or sheen trews”, this Gaelic phrase means “old trousers”. This dance is reputed to date from the rebellion of 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie challenged the might of England at Culloden, and lost. As a penalty, Highlanders were forbidden to wear the kilt. Seann Triubhas is a dance of celebration developed in response to the Proscription Repeal which restored to the Scots the right to wear their kilts and play the bagpipes once more. The movements of this dance clearly depict the legs defiantly shaking and shedding the hated trousers and returning to the freedom of the kilt. Some of the steps originate from hard shoe dancing. The Seann Triubhas arrived at its present form in the early 20th century, and an itinerant dance teacher from the 1890s is on record as having invented the first step of the Seann Triubhas.
Scottish Lilt The original tunes for the Lilt are ‘Drops of Brandy’ and ‘Brose and Butter”. The Scottish Lilt is claimed by both the Hebrides and Perthshire. It is a pretty personification of the music of Scotland! “Some of the earliest records of solo dancing in Scotland also refer to females dancing to entertain Dukes and other gentry. It is recorded that the Scottish Lilt originated in Perthshire sometime after 1746 and is one of the earliest recorded solo women’s dances”
Flora Macdonald’s Fancy This pretty dance was created in honor of Flora MacDonald, a famous Scottish noble who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to France after the battle of Culloden which occurred in 1746. It is said she disguised the Scottish prince as her maid, Betty Burke as he sailed across to France. When her participation was made public, Flora was arrested, but later released from the Tower of London.
The Irish Jig The Scottish version of the Irish Jig is meant to parody an angry Irish washerwoman when she finds out some neighborhood boys have knocked all of her clean wash to the ground. Another version describes a woman who shakes her firsts and flounces her skirt because she is furious with her husband who has been out drinking until the wee hours.
The Sailor's Hornpipe The Sailor's Hornpipe is a character dance developed utilizing Scottish highland movements. It depicts the day in the life of a sailor aboard the old sailing ships as he/she goes through assigned tasks like swabbing the deck, pulling in the rigging, hoisting the sails and saluting the captain.