The Murphy family from Nashville, take Scottish Highland Dance from the Glengarry School of Highland Dance in Brentwood, Tenn., and will be performing next week at the Logan County Fair.
They will be dancing on Friday, Aug. 1 from 5-8 p.m. in the ag pavilion.
The dance school, teacher and students are affiliated with an international organization (FUSTA) whose mission is to preserve and promote traditional Scottish Culture. Anna Murphy, now 19 years old, began learning at age 6 as a means to channel energy that was technically challenging yet fun. After seeing the dancing and hearing the music, her siblings wanted to dance also.
The Glengarry students have learned a variety of dance types, such as reels, jigs and strathspeys, and both Scottish Highland and Scottish National dances. In addition to these different dance forms, dancers add more difficult steps to previously learned dances. Highland dances include the well recognized dances such as the “Sword Dance”, “Highland Fling”, and “Seann Truibhas”. National dances include the “Sailor’s Horpipe and the Scottish version of the Irish Jig. All dances have historical significance to Scottish history such as the Flora McDonald’s Fancy.
Dancers progress through three categories called “Beginner”, “Novice” and “Intermediate” before competing as a “Premier” for cash prizes. Dancers must place in 6 different competitions as both beginners and novices to progress. Intermediate is a one-year waiting period between the novice and premier categories. Anna, Kenny (age 17), and Mary Ruth (age 11) have progressed through these categories and compete as premiers. Teddy (age 13) started learning only two years ago and lacks a single win to advance to intermediate.
Come watch and learn something about Scottish history and culture