The Celtic nations are generally the territories in western Europe where Celtic languages or cultural traits have survived. The term "nation" is used in its original sense to mean a people who share a common identity and culture and are identified with a traditional territory. The seven territories widely considered Celtic nations are Brittany (Breizh), Cornwall (Kernow), Wales (Cymru), Scotland (Alba), Ireland (Éire), Isle of Man (Mannin or Ellan Vannin) and Galicia.
While seven “nations” are represented worldwide and no doubt have their related types of dance, the vast majority of American Celtic cultural heritage is associated with the Irish and Scottish traditions. Therefore the Bitterroot Celtic Society and our related festival, The Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering, emphasizes Irish and Scottish dance.
Scottish and Irish dancing
Many think the two Celtic forms are synonymous. In comparison to Scottish highland dance, Irish dancers rarely use their arms which are held beside their bodies (rather than raised above the shoulders), legs and feet are frequently crossed (not turned out at 45°), and frequent use of the hard-soled step shoes (compared to ghillies or 'pumps'). There is a greater use of choreography than traditional movements.
Highland dance or Highland dancing (Scottish Gaelic: dannsa Gàidhealach) is a style of competitive solo dancing developed in the Scottish Highlands in the 19th and 20th centuries in the context of competitions at public events such as the Highland games. It was 'created from the Gaelic folk dance, but formalized with the conventions of ballet and has been subject to influences from outside the Highlands. Highland dancing is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music and dancers wear specialized shoes called ghillies (shown below).
The Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering (BCGG) holds a sanctioned Highland Dance competition during the festival each year. The sanction comes from the Federation of U.S. Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA) which is associated with the Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association (SODHD). We also have Highland Dance demonstrations and workshops.
Irish dance or Irish dancing is a group of traditional dance forms originating from Ireland, encompassing dancing both solo and in groups, and dancing for social, competitive, and performance purposes. While the BCGG does not hold any Irish dance competitions, we have Irish dance demonstrations and teach social dancing usually associated with Ceilis (community gatherings).
August 2018 results
Gary Bladen - Dance coordinator
Pas de Basques- 1st place: Phaedra Wingrove
PB’s & Hicuts- 1st place: Phaedra Wingrove
Fling – 1st place: Phaedra Wingrove
Sword- 1st place: Phaedra Wingrove
Fling- 1st LilyAnn Van Dusan 2nd Rachana Harris 3rd Leann Clarke
Sword- 1st Maeci Thomas 2nd LilyAnn Van Dusan 3rd Isabella Rodriguez
Seann Triubhas- 1st LilyAnn Van Dusan 2nd Amber Voss 3rd Rachana Harris
Lilt- 1st LilyAnn Van Dusan 2nd Rachana Harris 3rd Maeci Thomas
Flora- 1st Maeci Thomas 2nd Rachana Harris 3rd Amber Voss
Aggregate: LilyAnn Van Dusan
Fling- 1st Kellan Miller 2nd Abigail Peck 3rd Sofia Shupe
Sword- 1st Sofia Shupe 2nd Alexander Peck 3rd Kellan Miller
Seann Triubhas- 1st Abigail Peck 2nd Alexander Peck 3rd Kellan Miller
Lilt- 1st Sofia Shupe 2nd Abigail Peck 3rd Alexander Peck
Flora- 1st Abigail Peck 2nd Alexander Peck 3rd Sofia Shupe
Aggregate: Abigail Peck
Fling- 1st Amelie Sligting 2nd Stefan Durrant 3rd Jessica Olsen
Sword- 1st Amelie Sligting 2nd Stefan Durrant 3rd Madison Stevens
Seann Triubhas- 1st Amelie Sligting 2nd Jessica Olsen 3rd Stefan Durrant
Lilt- 1st Amelie Sligting 2nd Madison Stevens 3rd Jessica Olsen
Flora- 1st Amelie Sligting 2nd Jessica Olsen 3rd Shelby Anderson
Hornpipe- 1st Amelie Sligting 2nd Stefan Durrant 3rd Madison Stevens
Aggregate: Amelie Sligting
Fling- 1st Caelei Rosenvall 2nd Kya Durrant 3rd Mary Kaschmitter
Sword- 1st Caelei Rosenvall 2nd Mary Kaschmitter 3rd Kya Durrant
Seann Truibhas- 1st Caelei Rosenvall 2nd Hannah Diffin 3rd Kya Durrant
Blue Bonnets- 1st Caelei Rosenvall 2nd Hannah Diffin 3rd Cierstei Rosenvall
Village Maid- 1st Caelei Rosenvall 2nd Hannah Diffin 3rd Cierstei Rosenvall
Hornpipe 1st Caelei Rosenvall 2nd Cierstei Rosenvall 3rd Hannah Diffin
Aggregate: Caelei Rosenvall
Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering
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