Studies show that people are healthier and happier when they join like-minded others in hobbies, activities and clubs. Scottish Country dancing is one such activity. Anyone, of any age, can join, costs are minimal and clubs exist all over the world, including Japan, of all places. Obviously you don’t have to have a drop of Scottish blood in you to participate in Scottish Country Dancing. I don’t and in one-and-a-half years (it is seven-and-a-half years now in 2015) I’ve graduated from providing comic relief to the other dancers to getting most of the steps right. And from the beginning it has been a lot of fun.
Join me as I interview Gladys Farrant of the Scottish Country Dance Club in Kaitaia in New Zealand’s Far North.
Gladys is a shining testament to the value of Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) and the benefits of activity in general. At 75-years-young (she’s in her 80s now as I update this in 2015), she tutors Scottish Country Dancing and takes tap dancing lessons with a group of chronologically-younger dancers.
Gladys outlines her life with dance, the history and practice of Scottish Country Dancing, and her travels in America and England. She was a nanny and her husband Brian was a chauffeur with a wealthy family in LA in the course of their travels.
In the interview you will hear some of the types of music associated with SCD: a jig, a strathspey and a reel.
SCD is certainly good for circulation, beneficial for the brain and an opportunity to socialize with like-minded people.
And, as the following video shows, it is for young people too:
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