The Highland Fling was created sometime during the 1700s in the Scottish Highlands (Scotland.) It is considered a war dance as the dancers were originally military men. The dance is tailored after the Ghillie Challum Sword Dance after victory.
How did the Highland Fling originate?
The date of its origin is not known for certain but it was probably being danced by Highland men before Christianity came to Scotland. It is also said that the Highland Fling was later used to show agility and strength among the military.
What age does highland dance start?
Primary dancers are ages 4-6, and Beginner dancers are age 7 and older. Primary is the youngest age group, typically primary dancers compete in the Pas de Basques, and Pas de Basques with Highcuts. They may also dance the Highland Fling (4 step), and the Sword dance (2&1).
Why did Highland dancing start?
Modern Highland dancing emerged in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was ‘created from the Gaelic folk dance repertoire, but formalised with the conventions of ballet‘. It seems that forms of sword dancing were performed by warriors in many parts of Europe in the prehistoric period.
How do you do the Highland Dance?
Learn the Highland Fling – YouTube
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