Also sometimes referred to as "The Darling Diversion," or "Controlled Abandon," Scottish country dance is the traditional ballroom dance of Scotland.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

Scottish Country Dancing is based on ancient folk dances, mixed with elements of ballet, influences from the Royal court of France, and some overlap with Highland dancing.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

Scottish country dance was carried around the world by Scottish immigrants, and by Highland regiments. It remains popular world-wide, in places as far away as Paris, Japan, and Moscow.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

There is an extensive repertoire of dances, some over 300 years old, many newly (and cleverly) devised to incorporate intricate formations. Dances include lively jigs and reels and the distinctively Scottish, and very stately, Strathspey.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

There are dances for every occasion and theme. "Mairi's Wedding, "The Reel of the 51st Division," "The Bees of MaggieKnockater," and "Roaring Jelly" are sure to delight both the dancers and audience.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

There are Scottish Country Dance groups all over the world. It is fun to watch and exhilarating to do!

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