I discovered Scottish country dancing about five years ago and have never looked back.
The dancers were welcoming, the instructors experienced (and patient), the dances were mentally stimulating, and the exercise was welcome.
Scottish country dancing has a long history with thousands of dances devised since the mid-1750s. Typically they last three to four minutes and are danced in a set of four couples on piano, fiddle and/or accordion . The challenge is to learn and keep in mind the three or four figures that make up each dance as you do it – great exercise for the brain. There’s also some footwork to master, but that comes with practice over time.
The Comox Valley Scottish Dancing Club will begin weekly classes Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at Comox United Church. The first two weeks are free for anyone who wants to try. This activity ticks all the boxes for healthy living: a mental and physical workout in a social and sometimes hilarious setting. We laugh at ourselves. Bring a partner if you have one and if not, come as you are and enjoy dancing with one of us, meeting a new partner for each dance. For more information, visit cvscottishcountrydance.oug