Granfling School of Highland Dance

Granfling School of Highland Dance Scottish Highland Dance instruction for children and adults. Evening and weekend classes for all levels.

Spirit Of Scotland
01/25/2019

Spirit Of Scotland

Originally only men were allowed to do these dances. In the late 19th century a young girl (10 years old) named Jenny Douglas decided to enter a Highland dance competition. As this was not expressly forbidden, she was allowed to enter. It was a shock for everyone when the first female Highland Dancer took to the platforms to do battle with the men. She made so much of an impact on the scene, dressed exactly as the men, that shortly afterwards other ladies took up the idea and the seed was sown.

They adopted the look of a male soldier, with military dress and with their hair pulled up and off the neck in a high bun or a French braid. This also gave the dancer a clear view, allowing them to maintain the correct body alignment throughout the dance. Later during the World Wars, women began dancing more often desiring to preserve their rich culture and history, while the men were defending their homeland. Since then the number of females participating in the sport has increased until today in excess of 95% of all dancers are female.

In 1952, the Aboyne Games sponsored a more feminine costume for girls based on seventeenth and eighteenth century Highland dress for women as seen in portraits of Flora MacDonald. Ladies’ dances such as Flora MacDonald’s Fancy, the Scottish Lilt, and the Village Maid, were introduced to the repertoire as ‘national dances’, to offer hand movements where ladies would hold their skirts and, above all, more feminine dances using a softer, more balletic style rather than the more military style used by the earlier male dancers.

Saint Andrew's Society of Washington DC 2018 Tartan Ball
11/12/2018

Saint Andrew's Society of Washington DC 2018 Tartan Ball

Granfling School of Highland Dance
11/12/2018

Granfling School of Highland Dance

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo
11/12/2018

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo

Dancing at Knollwood Retirement Home
10/16/2018

Dancing at Knollwood Retirement Home

Dancing at the Irish Festival in Old Town, Alexandria.
09/02/2018

Dancing at the Irish Festival in Old Town, Alexandria.

08/23/2018
Braemar Media

In case you all want to see more of the Tatoo😊

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance company display, performed with massed pipers and the shetland fiddle players Hjaltibonhoga, with support from Celtic band Fellswater up in the Castle. Along with the lighting displays the Castle concourse was filled with bubbles, which you can see the crowd trying to catch. Edinburgh International Festival . Edinburgh Castle .

07/25/2018
BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Northern Ireland

Highland dance is about strength and agility 💃. Hame - now on BBC iPlayer

07/25/2018
WTVR CBS 6 News

WTVR CBS 6 News

Hundreds of Golden Retrievers met up in Scotland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their breed. Take a look!

07/10/2018
Braemar Media

Great Fling to watch and learn from!!

A performance of the Highland Fling by competitors at Kenmore Highland Games 2018 in beautiful Perthshire by Loch Tay recently.

Dancing at the Mid Maryland Scottish Festival
06/18/2018

Dancing at the Mid Maryland Scottish Festival

Come see us dance!!
06/09/2018
Mid-Maryland Highland Games

Come see us dance!!

In addition to our hard rockin' Guinness Pub Stage (with Rathkeltair, The Kilmaine Saints, and Gaelic Mishap) and our acoustic stage (with Emily Martin and friends from the The Martin Family Band , Capital Celtic (with festival favorite Kaitlyn Margaret Likas from the The Wild Irish Rose), and Craggy Island), remember that we also have a Dance Stage running all day!!

The Hurley School of Irish Dance, Teelin Irish Dance, Granfling School of Highland Dance, Frederick Scottish Country Dancers, Tir na nOg Irish Dance Troupe will be providing a day of performances and will include a kid's dance participation session at 2pm and an audience participation Ceilidh at 5pm!!

As always, kids 12 and under are free and there is never a charge for our extensive children's activities... so grab your discounted advance ticket for the adults now and plan to bring the kids (and the dogs if you'd like) to our June 16, 2018 festival next Saturday!!!

https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/dancers/

Brother & sister take position on ice. Within moments, their unusual dance routine makes audience’s eyes pop
03/18/2018
Brother & sister take position on ice. Within moments, their unusual dance routine makes audience’s eyes pop

Brother & sister take position on ice. Within moments, their unusual dance routine makes audience’s eyes pop

When we talk about creativity and talent, ice skating definitely tops the list as one of the most beautifully graceful sports to watch. The combination of both gymnastics and dancing draws the attention of a big audience who can’t wait to witness breathtaking performances by the figure skaters. It...

Dancing at the Kernstown Battlefield Scottish Games July 2017
07/20/2017

Dancing at the Kernstown Battlefield Scottish Games July 2017

Cowal Highland Gathering
07/18/2017
Cowal Highland Gathering

Cowal Highland Gathering

Find out more about this year's judging panel.

Some of the world’s most respected Highland Dancing experts are preparing to head to Dunoon to judge the world’s best Highland Dancers at this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG).

Once again we have a stellar line-up with the adjudication panel coming from Scotland, England, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

The 12-strong team will oversee the most important events in the global Highland Dancing calendar – the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships (on the Thursday), the Scottish Championship and the qualifiers for the World Highland Dancing Championship (Friday) and the final of the World Highland Dancing Championship (Saturday).

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said: “We are delighted to announce the adjudication panel, which boasts 12 individuals with the necessary expertise and experience to judge the world’s greatest Highland Dancing championship.

“The dancers currently training for Cowal Highland Gathering have a huge challenge ahead. Not only are they up against the finest competition in the world, but they’re also dancing in front of the most discerning audience in the world.

“We’re very grateful to the various dancing organisations who have helped us in the adjudication panel selection process, and we look forward to another Highland Dancing extravaganza when the 2017 Gathering kicks off on August 24.”

The judges for this year are:

• Eileen Graham (Scotland)
• Lynne Lawrence (Scotland)
• Lena Anne MacDonald (Scotland)
• Mary Neill (Scotland)
• Anne Stirton (Scotland)
• Marilyn Halliday (England)
• Christine Shield (Australia)
• Kathleen Drummond (USA)
• Mary Munro (Canada)
• Victoria Anderson (Tori) (USA)
• Ann Milne (Canada)
• Beverley Leahy (Drennan) (South Africa)

For biographies of the individual judges, please visit http://www.cowalgathering.com/competitors/highland-dancing/judges/

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 August.

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01369 703206.

Agree?
05/21/2017

Agree?

Have a great weekend

05/05/2017
Cowal Highland Gathering

Cowal Highland Gathering

We were recently asked for footage from the 1993 Cowal Highland Gathering – how about this from Natalie Foley? #ThrowbackThursday

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo
05/02/2017

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo

Dancing the spring away
05/02/2017

Dancing the spring away

Kathy Park Photography
04/25/2017

Kathy Park Photography

Yummy dinner!!
02/05/2017

Yummy dinner!!

At MRM (Delco) and celebrating Amy's birthday!
02/05/2017

At MRM (Delco) and celebrating Amy's birthday!

In case you haven't been, this is a great dance workshop to go to.  A bunch of us are going if anyone needs a ride.
12/22/2016
2017 Marguerite Reid Memorial Workshop

In case you haven't been, this is a great dance workshop to go to. A bunch of us are going if anyone needs a ride.

Please join us for our annual dance workshop.

Tartan Ball 2016
11/21/2016

Tartan Ball 2016

When you gotta dance, you gotta dance!  Amy in the American highlands.
10/12/2016

When you gotta dance, you gotta dance! Amy in the American highlands.

At the Outlander event with Jamie Frasier !!
09/24/2016

At the Outlander event with Jamie Frasier !!

Hanging with Helen and Jamie and Claire Frasier at the Outlander event
09/17/2016

Hanging with Helen and Jamie and Claire Frasier at the Outlander event

Beautiful day at the Virginia Scottish Games. Great job you all!
09/09/2016

Beautiful day at the Virginia Scottish Games. Great job you all!

Del Ray's First Thursday and the Virginia Games, August and September 2016
09/04/2016

Del Ray's First Thursday and the Virginia Games, August and September 2016

08/29/2016
Cowal Highland Gathering

Cowal Highland Gathering

Our newly crowned World Highland Dancing champions perform their final Highland Fling of Cowal Highland Gathering 2016. Congratulations Juvenile World Champion Erin Blair from California, Junior World Champion Emma Schiff from California and Adult World Champion Marielle Lesperance from Ontario.

Gotta watch this beautiful dancing horse!!!
08/16/2016
Olympics 2016: NB horse brings highland dance to Rio

Gotta watch this beautiful dancing horse!!!

Havelock — Competitors at the 2016 Olympics better look out for this “dark horse” competitor who’s bringing some Maritime spirit to Latin America. A frolicking filly from Ha…

First Thursday in Del Ray  Alexandria.
08/05/2016

First Thursday in Del Ray Alexandria.

07/28/2016
CanCelt 2016 Basel Tattoo Hornpipe

CanCelt 2016 Basel Tattoo Hornpipe

Canadiana Celtic dancers performing "Sailor's Dream" at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, July 2016.

Scottish Version Of Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ Is Absolutely Breathtaking
07/27/2016
Scottish Version Of Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ Is Absolutely Breathtaking

Scottish Version Of Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ Is Absolutely Breathtaking

In this epic version of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” The Piano Guys are joined by bagpipes, cellos and drums with the spectacular backdrop of Scotland’s Northern Highlands. The group writes, “When we first heard Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” we were inspired by its message. In a world where we too…

Our Spring 2016 so far
05/01/2016

Our Spring 2016 so far

Granfling School of Highland Dance
04/07/2016

Granfling School of Highland Dance

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo
04/07/2016

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo

Memories of last year's Kirkin as we approach the 2016 one this Sunday.
04/07/2016

Memories of last year's Kirkin as we approach the 2016 one this Sunday.

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo
04/07/2016

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo
04/07/2016

Granfling School of Highland Dance's cover photo

Photos from Granfling School of Highland Dance's post
02/21/2016

Photos from Granfling School of Highland Dance's post

At the University Club in DC
02/04/2016

At the University Club in DC

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