History: Dancing Through the Scottish Enlightenment - Beginner - IHC31187J

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Adult Education Programme

Activity ref no: IHC31187J

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From Wednesday 7th December 2022: Book online. If this course is not full and says: 'this course is now closed to new participants', please email adult.education@ea.edin.sch.uk and we will reply to you to let you know if it is possible to enrol.`

  • Inch Community Centre (AEP)
    Inch House,
    225 Gilmerton Road
  • Adult Education Programme
  • 16+, Adult, 60+
  • £43.50 for term
  • Sunday 16:00

Activity description

NB: The title of this course has been amended from Dance History to History: Dancing Through the Scottish Enlightenment. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS: There are no special requirements. Everyone is welcome in this course, whatever their level of prior experience. HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES: (If required) A health questionnaire will be emailed to enrolled students and must be returned prior to the course start date. The course contains practical dance element which involves some light physical activity like a typical ceilidh or Scottish country dance session including hops, jumps, turns and galops. If you have an underlying health condition which physical activity could make worse, please consult your doctor before joining the course. If you are over 69 years of age and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor first. If you have any traumas please let the course leader know. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the session and bring water in cap bottles to stay hydrated. Please be aware that a window will be left open during classes to enable ventilation. OVERVIEW / INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE: The course will introduce students to the historical and social background of formal dance repertoires in Edinburgh during the Scottish Enlightenment (from the end of the 17th – the beginning of the 19th century), as well as demonstrate some of the dance techniques used. Participants will learn about what was danced on the stages and in the ballrooms of the Scottish capital (and the identities of some of the city’s most famous dancers), as well as have the opportunity to try out some of these dances for themselves in a friendly and informal environment. HOW THE COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT: The course consists of 5 sessions, each 2-hours long and held fortnightly. Each session will combine a theoretical overview (30 min), and a practical dance element (90 min). The practical part of the session will start with warm-up and finish with cool-down exercises to prevent the risk of injury. Course notes with brief information points and dance descriptions will be provided. Where appropriate, video recordings of some of the steps taught in class will be made available to enable further practice at home. WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: Students will learn about the development of the social and professional dance scene in the Scottish capital using period sources, historical accounts, and museum artefacts. Participants will be able to watch examples of recreated dances performed by experts and learn some of the dances and techniques characteristic of this period themselves. They will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with the latest research in dance history and gain a deeper understanding of the roles of dance in society as well as how modern dance styles emerged RESOURCES REQUIRED BY STUDENTS / ADDITIONAL COSTS: You will need to wear comfortable clothes and shoes when practicing the historical dances. Please be aware that a window will be left open during classes to enable ventilation.

Term information

This term is currently closed for new participants

  • Date term started: 29 Jan 2023 (today)
  • Duration: 5 lessons (5 lessons remaining)
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