Country Dancing is the traditional ballroom dancing of Scotland (and one of its
best kept secrets). It's not the sword dance and fling as performed by the Highland
dancers. Rather it is a social dance whose winding patterns are reminiscent of
interlacing Celtic knotwork, and whose circle, lines and square formations came
from the Lowlands and other parts of Britain.
| From Scotland's
400-year alliance with France came the elegance of the French court dance, and
from the vitality of a mountain people came the lively movement and lightness
of foot. Like Scotland's unique musical heritage, Scottish Country Dancing reflects
the country's rich cultural heritage. |
opportunity to dance or observe is provided on Saturday and Sunday at MacRae Meadows
at the Country Dancing platform, located just outside the main gate.
Country Dance Gala
to come on Friday night to the Scottish Country Dance Gala in Williams Gymnasium
at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk--from the grand march to the colorful evening
wear to the flying kilts-- it is spectacle you won't want to miss. 8:00 pm until