Scottish Country Dancing
The Owl Town Dancers, a branch of the Scottish Culture Club Peine, are performing Scottish Country Dancing at the Peine Highland Gathering. These dances normaly require three or four pairs of dancers, but there are also dances for more (and rarely fewer) dancers. There are quick dances (Reels and Jigs) as well as slow ones (Strathspey). Both consisting principally of the same figures but with different sets of steps.
The fascination in Scottish Country Dancing comes from the different combination of standard figures within a single dance, resulting in an enormus amount of possible constellations. With more than 10,000 registered dances nobody can recall every dance. Therefore, at a Ceilidh, the sequence of figures is usually announced before each dance. This way the dancers “just” need to know the figures an perform them in the proper order. In reality, usually it is a bit more complicated 🙂
Our friends Rince Samhain from Brunswick are accompanying the Peine Highland Gathering since fifteen year and the audience are enyoing their perfomances ever since. They are loving Irish music, may it be Folk or Modern, and use “Softshoes” and “Hardshoes”. The latter are used for step dance, very syncronus and fast. This kind of dance originates in Ireland and was handed down and improved throughout the centuries. Recently, it came to worldwide popularity through the shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance by Michael Flatley. Rince Samhain is not only dancing for the fun of it but also attends at Competitions – with some success: a couple of their dancers went touring with shows, they earned titles at european championships and they even participated at nine world championships.