Release Date: Summer 2019
The Aberdonian Lassie is one of the solo Hebridean dances taught to me by Dr. Mats Melin while I was studying my Master of Arts in Traditional Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. There are 6 steps in this dance, and l teach each step, broken down, at slow speed without music to begin. And then we pick up the tempo and put it to the music. You have access to all the videos at once, so you can learn at your own pace, and you have the videos to go back to for review. The steps have similarities to the Highland Fling, but also steps of a percussive nature, so I teach the steps in a hard shoe, although the dance can be done in either hard or soft shoe. I’ve included an audio recording for you to download so that you can practice along to the music. The music was played and recorded by Troy MacGillivray at the University of Limerick. And also, there is a PDF that you can download which outlines all 6 steps of this dance, as named by Dr. Mats Melin and described step-by-step in his book “Hebridean Step Dancing – the legacy of nineteenth-century dancing master Ewen MacLachlan”.