MacdonaldBall March 7, 2006, 1:53 a.m. (Message 44520)
Re: SD before the 19th century/SD cafe fear NC-Great Awakening?
yes, interesting article. I have ALWAYS been surprised that there is virtually NO form of Scottish Social Dancing... ceilidh or otherwise among the Scots who settled in the Cape Fear River area of the Carolinas... So many Scots Settled there in the mid to late 1700's (not the least of which was Flora Macdonald and husband Alan). Of course this was WAY before RSCD as we know it today but you would have thought there would have been Scottish ceilidh dances handed down among families...or some type of Scottish Social dance.... I've often wondered if it was influenced by the "great awakening" movement in the US..... and perhaps thought of as simply vulgar..and thus discouraged.... It strikes me that these Scots would have danced before coming to America. But maybe not. Girls often did highland dancing in competitions and for May Day celebrations.... but again no social dancing. Gaitley New York City Originally from North Carolina