School of Highland Dancing Basel
Originating in Scotland, Highland Dancing is a challenging dance art that requires strength, coordination and discipline. It was originally used as fitness training for Scottish soldiers and was exclusively for men.
The exact roots of the different dancers are not known, but there are various stories and legends about them, for example the Sword Dance, which was allegedly danced before going to war. The men would cross their sharp swords on the ground before dancing over them. It was a bad omen if the dancer touched the sword, signifying an injury on the battlefield, or even death.
Highland Dancing is normally danced by an individual, however, nowadays one can see many different choreographies performed by groups of dancers. This dance art can be seen in many Tattoos around the world, such as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Basel Tattoo.
Another development in the Highland Dancing world was the establishment of competitions. At first, only men could compete and it was only about 100 years ago when women were also allowed to participate. Nowadays the participants are mostly girls and women.
The School of Highland Dancing was founded by Carol Jones in 2009. Carol started dancing at the age of 6 years in South Africa and she competed regularly for the next 20 years. She danced at the championship level before sitting her judges' exam.
Today the school is full of enthusiastic children, men and women. They perform in many shows in Switzerland and beyond the borders, participate successfully in international competitions and from time to time take exams.
The benefits of Highland Dancing:
- High levels of fitness
- Develops spatial awareness
- Improves co-ordination
- Social and fun