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PIPING FOR HIGHLAND DANCING
Different Levels (standards) of dancers require different tempos to be played for the dancers and pipers for dancing must aim to produce a steady musical accompaniment to the dance.
Generally speaking, the older the dancer the stronger is the dancer. Thus, the higher category of dancers has the stronger dancers. Such being the case, dancers in the lower category sections dance to a slightly faster tempo than that of the higher category dancer.
There are 5 different levels of dancers, viz.,
1) Primary: Beginners aged 4, 5 & 6 years.
2) Beginners: No explanation needed and applies to any age.
3) Novice: A beginner, irrespective of age, when placed at 6 different competitions, is elevated to the Novice Category.
4) Intermediate: The level a dancer is at for one full year prior to going into the Premier Category. Could be any age over 7 years.
5) Premier: These are the professional dancers, the highest competitive category. Ages range from under 8 years to 18 years and over.
List of Competitive Dances
1. The Highland Fling
2. The Flora MacDonald’s Fancy
3. The Scottish Lilt
4. The Irish Jig
5. The Sailor’s Hornpipe
6. The Seann Triubhas
7. Ghillie Calum
The Sword Dance
Pas de Basques
Pas de Basques and Highcuts
8. The Reel
9. Wilt Thou Go Back to Barracks Johnnie
10. Highland Laddie
11. Scotch Measure
12. The Earl of Errol
13. Blue Bonnets
14. The Village Maid
The NIPDS is an
Associate College of The College of Piping, Glasgow
Funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland