Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Burns Ball

"How did the dancing go last night?" I hear you asking.

Wonderfully. I can tell by the number of muscles that ache this morning. And the piping went well, too. I kept the 2/4 beat in my head and paced the opening low-A-to-throw-on-D correctly so that "A Man's A Man for A' That" did not unconsciously turn into "The Bugle Horn". I hate it when that happens.

And so the mind is full of SCD and wonderful rhythms this morning. Therefore here's a sample. This is a performance team's highly choreographed and precisely phrased version of Scottish Country Dancing:

And here's a sample of some rather more common social dancing which you're likely to encounter at a Burns' Ball or an ordinary monthly SCD party: