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Scottish Country Dancing in high school

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Euphemia Mon 21-Dec-15 07:59:51

Why do we put adolescents through it?!

DD is in second year and they've been learning SCD with the third years - how mortifying! Having to touch sweaty, spotty boys who you don't know. They have a party this afternoon and she's dreading it - she'd try and skive off if she thought I wasn't wise to her tricks! fwink

But seriously why?!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 21-Dec-15 08:01:26

I hated it too - but it did mean that when I started going to a ceilidh club just after school I knew the dances...

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 21-Dec-15 08:01:47

Dd hates it too, so pointless

AgentProvocateur Mon 21-Dec-15 08:04:51

I thought it was pointless at school, but it's so useful for ceilidhs as an adult. Almost every wedding I've been to recently (for young people - my DS's generation) has had a ceilidh band.

Euphemia Mon 21-Dec-15 08:20:47

The thing is, when you go to a wedding/ceilidh, the bandleader doesn't expect everyone to know the dances so they talk you through them. They're very repetitive, so you soon pick them up.

I don't see the advantage versus the torture of lessons at school.

QueenLaBeefah Mon 21-Dec-15 08:23:42

Brings back such dreadful memories. Just torture.

Euphemia Mon 21-Dec-15 08:29:56

I moved from England to Scotland when I was FOURTEEN and had to start SCD, never having done it before. None of the boys knew me, so the torture of lining up on one side of the hall and the boys walking over to choose a partner - argh! I was always left with the spottiest, sweatiest dork. I'm sure he felt the same way. fgrin

DD has my total sympathy, but she's still not getting out of it. fgrin

originalmavis Mon 21-Dec-15 08:33:51

It is the most brilliant fun though - outside of school. Better than the bloody waltz.

QueenLaBeefah Mon 21-Dec-15 08:44:29

Great fun outside of school. But in adult life I've never done SCD without the help of alcohol.

HuckfromScandal Mon 21-Dec-15 08:45:31

Yep, it's torturous and no one really enjoys it. But it's part of our culture, and if it wasn't taught in school it would die out.
Yes, at a ceilidh the steps are gone over, but if there was a room full of people who didn't have a clue, it would be pandemonium, and would stop happening over a long period.

So, I think that it stays for good reason, and I like you, made my daughter go to it.
Nothing better than a memory to have when you look back on your school days!

SoConfused15 Mon 21-Dec-15 08:45:40

Wow they still do this in school? Amazing!

MrsBalustradeLanyard Mon 21-Dec-15 08:47:12

DD is in P1, and they've been learning French, which she loves.

Next term they're dropping French to do bloody Scottish country dancing. Great life skill to be learned there. hmm

MrsBalustradeLanyard Mon 21-Dec-15 08:48:14

Oh and if ceilidhs could actually just die out now, that would be great. Ruined every wedding I've ever been at. Except my own, where I banned ceilidh music. smile

originalmavis Mon 21-Dec-15 08:50:57

I love a good ceilidh! Dl

OllyBJolly Mon 21-Dec-15 08:51:17

I love that they still do this!

As Huck says, if no one in the room knew how to dance, the caller wouldn't be able to make it work. It's fun and great exercise. I've found knowing the dances really useful.

Keeptrudging Mon 21-Dec-15 08:54:40

It's part of our culture and I'm glad that it's still taught. The majority of children will be glad when they're older that they at least have a passing knowledge of these dances. Ceilidhs are alive and kicking in Scotland, not just at weddings, and IME people who wouldn't normally be confident enough to dance at a nightclub will happily give ceilidh dancing a bash as it's very inclusive/fun.

originalmavis Mon 21-Dec-15 09:16:26

Every so and often there's a resurgence and it becomes very trendy for the yoof.

cdtaylornats Mon 21-Dec-15 09:39:08

It is a part of socialisation, it forces you to interact with people you don't necessarily like - and importantly sometimes with someone you do.

RoseDog Mon 21-Dec-15 09:43:11

My dd is in S1 and they have been doing Scottish country dancing and had a ceilidh on Friday and she won a prize for her dancing <proud> she normally doesn't win anything at school, but at her school girls danced with girls and boys danced with boys and going by the pics on Twitter they all had a great afternoon!

BertrandRussell Mon 21-Dec-15 09:45:39

I went to university in Scotland from England- and I was sooooo impressed that the boys could and would dance.

AssembleTheMinions Mon 21-Dec-15 09:49:03

I'm really surprised to hear that everyone hates it. Both my dds absolutely love it, at school and outside. Dd1 is miffed that sixth years don't get to do it anymore and dd2 (S2) is in her element. It probably helps tremendously that they have both been going to ceilidhs since they were tiny and know the vast majority of dances well.

I do love a ceilidh, there are just not enough of them where we stay anymore. I've had some brilliant nights there, I much prefer it to a normal disco/party.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Mon 21-Dec-15 09:54:21

I enjoyed it at school too. It was way better than PE the rest of the year! It was actually fun.

I don't understand the whole boys you don't know thing. Surely people knew the boys in their class. I certainly did and it was always someone you knew that asked you to dance.

loopsylala Mon 21-Dec-15 09:57:26

I loved scottish country dancing.

But I was always the last to get picked, or not at all picked. That was mortifying sad, especially when all the good looking boys went for the good looking girls.

One of my worst memories was the boy I fancied walking towards me, only to take my best friend's hand. sad

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Mon 21-Dec-15 09:59:33

I also agree that it's useful to have people who've been taught at a wedding ceilidh.

ive been to a couple of weddings where almost all of the guests have been English and it is much harder to make a ceilidh work. In one the (Scottish) groom kept seeking me out because I was the only woman under 60 in the room that knew the dances. (We are good friends with both bride and groom, so that wasn't weird). Dancing with DH is a nightmare, as he hasn't a clue and a bit of calling is ineffective in helping him. I have to try to lead from the woman's position, which isn't very easy.

In fact, the calling works best to remind those who learned at school but can't remember all the steps without a reminder.

MrsJayy Mon 21-Dec-15 10:05:11

I hated it cos i was never picked its awful at that age if you are not picked we got it every november from p7 till 2nd year. Dd1 hated it all sweaty palms and jigging she used to say. dd2 loved it and didnt care if she danced with a girl or boy

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