Ladies' Step Dancing, a gentler form of Highland Dances, with elements of Country Dance.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

Traditional Scottish Ladies' Step Dancing is graceful and balletic, an includes such old dances as "Yellow Haired Laddie," "Scottish Lilt," "The King Sweden" and "Miss Forbes," as well as dances of more modern origin.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

The heyday of step dancing in Scotland was from about 1750 for roughly 100 years. Dancing masters would compose dances for their pupils to perform, usually at balls, to demonstrate their skills. The tradition continues and there are also modern step dances.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

is a hybrid, falling somewhere between Scottish Country dance and Highland dance, with elements of both. Far from the fashion shifts of mainland Scotland, dwellers of the Hebridean Islands preserved a wide variety of dance steps and unique versions of solo dances.

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

A step dance requires the dancer to execute a defined sequence of foot movements. Scottish Country dancers will be familiar with some steps (for example, Pas de Basque, Pas de Basque Coupé, Glasgow Highlanders).

The Red Thistle Dancers

The Red Thistle Dancers

Highland dancers will be familiar with shedding, and rocking step. Ballet dancers will know bourré, balinée and several other commonly used steps.

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