Gallery Performance: Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Scottish country dancing refers to the social dances of Scotland that have evolved from many traditions. Although roots go back to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, new dances continue to be created all over the world. In Scottish country dancing, couples follow a specified pattern set to music. Energetic jigs, stirring reels, and haunting strathspeys keep the dancers moving.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, works to spread this dance form by training teachers, publishing dances and music, and establishing and supporting groups of dancers, called branches, worldwide. The Houston & District Branch marked its 40th anniversary in 2018.
In celebration of Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol, this event demonstrates Scottish country dancing’s unique blend of traditional Scottish music, disciplined dancing, and sociability. Afterward, the audience is invited to try out some dances designed for beginners!
• Before the dancing starts, grab a drink and food-truck bites at Happy Hour Thursday, which begins at 5 p.m.!
Drop in! This program, located in Cullinan Hall, is free. On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.