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The United Kingdom The history and traditions of Folk Dances
The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. The area is 93,800 square miles (243,000 km2)
Styles of Irish dance The first foundations about Irish Dance were laid in the times of the Celtic people - the Gauls. Druids who lived in those times, worshiped the sun and the oak, in their rituals they danced, moving in a circle. The earliest mention of the Irish dances include a dance with swords, dancing with ribbons and handkerchiefs, dancing with tambourines, dancing around the May tree, dance-pantomime. Irish dancing «rince fada», «hey» and «trenchmore». «Rince fada» stands for Gaelic "long dance", and in his time he was a "hallmark" of Irish dancing, as in our time - step.
Scotland The story of the Scottish dance begins in the dark Middle Ages, around the 11th century. Just then came the first mention of the ritual and the martial dances glorifying the heroic feats and military prowess. The first legend tells of the freedom-loving and warlike Scots who expressed by dancing because of their own feelings and experiences. The most famous legend - the story of the emergence of Dance sword "Sword Dance", which tells how King Malcolm crossed on the ground two bloody sword - its one and the other defeated enemy, danced to them, praising his victory.
Styles of Scottish dance Ceilidh - pair dances - waltzes, polkas that require minimal training dancers but the maximum emotions. Scottish Country Dancing – also in pairs, for those that wish to spend time not only fun, but also very interesting. Highland - a male solo dance. It is danced to the accompaniment of the national bagpipe. - Step Ladies - a solo female dance.
Revise! Irish dance: «rince fada» «hey» «trenchmore» Scottish dance: «Ceilidh» «Scottish Country» «Highland» «Ladies' Step»