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Celtic Dancing (ages 7-12)
November 29, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 31, 2018
Overview: Highland dance originated in Scotland from various traditions and rituals around the 18th century, although some sources suggest that the oldest dance has been around since 1054. The tradition of highland dance was passed down both by word of mouth and practice at various gatherings. Dance masters can be credited for bringing congruity to its interpretation and upholding the high standards that have been continued to this day. Highland dance is an extremely athletic breed of dancing. Like Irish dance, it is considered “Celtic” by virtue of its origins; however, in Scottish highland dance, arms play a bigger role and heels almost never touch the ground, making it quite different from its Irish counterpart.
Requirements: Children between the ages of 7-12 are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable dance clothes (no long dresses/skirts, please) and knee-high socks, as well as bring a water bottle to each class.
Expectations: There will be a lot of jumping—it’s a great cardio workout! There will be plenty of stretching and toe-pointing, as well. Participants should expect to follow the teacher’s lead, listen to instruction, and, most importantly, have fun!
About the instructor: Leann Clarke is a former homeschooler who grew up in the Bitterroot Valley. She has been involved with highland dance for thirteen years and co-teaches with the Missoula Highland Dance group, which is affiliated with the Celtic Dragon Pipe Band.