Fun, Fitness and Friendship

Fun Fitness and Friendship 1Scottish country dancing is enjoyed by people of all ages in many countries, not just Scotland. There is no need to have Scottish ancestry – no need to be called McDuff or own a kilt! There are a number of groups in the Midi, mostly French with a sprinkling of expatriates (see below for details). Some groups do mostly ceilidh dancing (obligatory at all Scottish weddings) rather than the more formal Scottish country dancing but they are closely related.

 

 

We have an expression "the music will tell you what to do". We dance to wonderful traditional music from musicians playing accordions, keyboards, and fiddles (aka violins). Jigs and reels are fast lively dances needing energy whereas our elegant strathspeys and Scottish waltzes are slower, but nonetheless can be demanding.

 

In an evening’s dance, you dance with many partners. The protocol is to choose a new partner for every dance — and ladies can ask men to dance! So, you don’t need to bring a partner. We usually dance in lines with sets of four couples, although there are other formations. When the music starts, you bow or curtsey to your partner then go through a series of figures that are different for each dance. In all but the most formal of balls, someone briefs the dancers to remind everyone what to do before the music starts.

 

Fun Fitness and Friendship 2

 

Like all dance styles there is a basic repertoire of steps and movements, these need to be learned (over time) so that new dances can then be tackled with confidence. So weekly classes are a must to learn the routines and develop the coordination required. However physical strength is not a key requirement, all can participate as long as you have balance and some sense of rhythm. Enjoying the music and gently exercising the whole body (including and especially the mind) in a friendly atmosphere generates a social buzz that is now known and loved by people world-wide.

 

It is now well-established in medical circles that longevity — useful enjoyable longevity — is substantially aided by modest physical exercise, continuing mental activity and fulsome social contact. Scottish Country Dancing provides all three!

 

So why not go along to a group near you, and see for yourself how much fun Scottish country dancing can be?

 

Avignon, also Villeneuve-lès- Avignon
Shellagh Whyte - 04 67 86 89 19
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Bédoin - Erika Ritzau - 04 90 61 89 21
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Montpellier - Marion Rondot-Hay
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Montferrier-sur-Lez - Maggie Palu
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