Highland Dancing

Chris Collins dancing, Massac 2010
Regimental Dancer of the 42nd

The highland regiments all used highland dancing as calisthenics for their troops. The dances were, in addition to being good for keeping the men's culture alive, excellent exercise. (Come to any of our performances and watch the tremendous effort our dancers expend on these dances and you will see.)

Scottish highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folk dance, as modern ballet and square dancing can trace their roots back to the highlands. There are many well known highland dances that a person can see performed at any Highland games, such as well known Highland Fling (which is being danced above), the Gillie Chalium or Sword Dance, to lesser known but equally impressive ones such as the Sailor's Hornpipe, the Reel of Tulloch, or the Seann Truibhas.

Our 42nd performs Highland dances at every show, usually a Fling or Sword dance, sometimes with a solo dancer, and on special occasions you may see our own creations, like our two-man Sword dance, where two dancers dance precariously around two crossed blades.

For more information about the roots of these dances, look at this historical information.

Last modified: April 12, 2021
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