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SOFT-SHOE HERITAGE STEP-DANCES

Heritage Dances, dances handed down over an extended period of time from teacher to pupil, and often refered to as Traditional Dances. These dances were often composed for a particular pupil, usually female and were designed to be danced by females. Unfortunately today, with so many dances becoming unisexed, many of the dances have lost much character in particular with the lack of skirt movements and the introduction of Highland arm movements.




*Indicates dancer from Shady Glen
    Scool of Scottish Dance, Moscow.





Blue Bonnets.
Four Steps of a Solo Step Dance, here demonstrated by Valentina Senko*, was published dwelling on 1841 Frederick Hill manuscript in the RSCDS St. Andrew's Step Dance Collection, vol. 1.










Blue Bonnets Over The Border.
Four Steps of a Scottish Solo Step Dance as taught by Mr. John Reid of Newtyle, here performed by Anna Kochetkova*.










The Bonnie Breist Knot.
A Traditional Ladies Solo Step Dance tracing the lines of the Knot of the same name performed by Valentina Senko*.










The Bonnie Breist Knot.
1985 A Ladies Solo Step Dance tracing the lines of the Knot of the same name performed at St Andrews. Dancers: Kaoru from Japan, Kate from USA










Flora MacDonald's Fancy.
2016 November Port Coquitlam, Brittish Columbia winter competition.










Highland Laddie.
2008 Barbara Gibson dancing Highland Laddie at Harbour Springs, Mitchigan - a dance with one name, but many versions.










Highland Laddie.
Yulia Mityaeva*. performing a Traditional Scottish Ladies Solo as taught by 'Dancie' John Reid of Newtyle and published in the RSCDS St. Andrew's Step Dance Collection, volume 2.










The Lilt or Scottish Jig- Old Steps .
An "Old Style" Scottish Ladies Solo Step Dance performed by Maria Zotko*.










Miss Forbes.
Ladies Solo Step Dance performed by Natalia Kuznetsova *.










Over The Water.
Pupils from the Sarah Hendry School, Glenrothes, Fife, performing an Highlandised version of the Hebredian Solo Step Dance.










The Vullage Maid.
2008 Tierney at OHDA competition dancing in a well designed white dress as a welcome alternative to an Aboyne Dress.