Emily Kirkton, The sword dance (Scottish Highland dance)


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Modern Scottish Highland Dance is based on centuries-old traditions, the oldest of which is the Sword Dance. Highland dance at a competitive level is a highly technical and athletic form of dance. However, dances like the Sword Dance are also very accessible to people who want to learn the basics of this cultural treasure. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental steps that make up the dance. We’ll break down what look like complicated moves into basic repeating series of steps. Participants are invited to participate as much or as little as they would like, and no special equipment or materials are needed.

Emily Kirkton, has been involved in Scottish Highland Dance for over 30 years, first competing, then teaching, now running the dance competition at the annual Maine Highland Games. She has a deep pride for her Scottish heritage and is pleased to honor that heritage through her passion for Highland dance.