The St. Andrews Society of Panama and its members welcome all Scots and Scots descendents as well as those who enjoy or have an interest in Scotland and Scottish culture. Scottish country dancing is popular and is practiced regularly.


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ma St. Andrews Society would like to invite all Scots, Scottish descendants, as well as people interested in Scottish culture & Scottish country dancing to join us at Rincon Aleman Restaurant at 7pm on the second  Tuesday of every month.

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Scottish Country Dancing
By: Neil Mccoll

Scottish dancing as we know it today substantially reached its form in the 17th century. Early in the century, many of its dance patterns and tunes migrated across the English Channel to Paris, where they became very popular. As with all dance forms, it also mutated somewhat, adopting the adopting the foot placement used in ballet. It was this marriage of traditional country dancing, and ballet which form the Scottish Country Dancing practiced world wide today.

Interestingly enough, It migrated to the English Colonies simultaneously as it crossed the Channel. There, after the f
ounding of the United States and fuelled by increasing numbers of new Scottish immigrants, it gave us the Virginia reel and other older US Folk dances, and continued its evolution influenced by the dances of other immigrant groups until it reached the form we know as Square dancing.

Scottish Country Dancing is danced by couples in “Sets”. The music is usually a medley of tunes to form a distinct dance. The tunes vary from fast jigs and reels, to stately strathspeys. Each distinct dance has an associated pattern. The intricate pattern is danced several times through by the couples. The dance ends usually when the “head” or “Top” couple and all the other couples return to their original positions.