> I meant especially that Highland dancers turn up their noses at country > dancing (I don't personally know any "ceilidh dancers" or "Reelers"). > Competition Highland being more like a sport now than a dance form, they > don't, as far as I can tell, understand the enjoyment that we can get from > doing something even as limitedly regimented as SCD
Actually, in my highland dance class, the teacher used to bring in someone
to lead some country dancing once every couple of months as a treat. The
highland dancers all seemed to have a great time, though none have become
regular SCDers that I am aware of. At least they didn't sneer. I should
perhaps add that the person brought in to lead the country dancing spent
no time at all on technique but focused on getting people up & doing
fairly complex dances (Polharrow Burn and The Golden Pheasant). Perhaps
this made it seem less "regimented."
SCD, step, and highland dancer
Lara Friedman~Shedlov "Thwart not the librarian!"