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  • simon scott

    simon scott Feb. 13, 2006, 5:43 p.m. (Message 44245)

    Scottishness

    > Pia, you may have made your comments with tongue in cheek, but, after
    I had been dancing for a few > years and was still young and arrogant
    (not that I have changed much), I was informed by an > > immigrant
    Scottish teacher that, as a New Zealander, I could not appreciate what
    SCD was all about.
    
    >  Regards,
    
    >  Iain Boyd
    
    
    I'm sure there is something about learning an aspect of a nations
    culture while growing up a native of that country. 
    
    I started SCDing at five with my parents. I grew up with it, and have
    danced continuously since. But this was in England. I did not know of
    the RSCDS or dance in Scotland until in my twenties. Now living in
    Canada I have taught Scots who only started when coming to this country.
    Despite my involvement I am constantly aware that I (sadly, though proud
    to be English) do not have that certain aspect, knowledge and part of my
    being that can only come from "being a Scot".
    
    It is remarkable and wonderful that SCDing is world wide and we are
    fortunate that it is. However even if native African dancing, Canadian
    totem pole carving, or the like, had become globally popular we would
    also be participating in an adopted art form, however proficient we
    might become.
    
    Simon
    Vancouver
          

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