Release Date: September 2020
According to Mats Melin (2019), local tradition of this dance tells a story of how Island clansmen went “over the waters” to get to the mainland of Scotland to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite Rising. In “Over the Waters to Charlie”, you’ll find movements similar to the hop-brush-beat-beat in Highland dancing, referred to as the point-close-beat in this dance. There are also percussive shuffle movements. There are 6 steps in this series, with an additional fifth-step variation. I teach each step at a slow tempo, broken down at slow speed without the music to begin. And then we pick up the tempo and put it to the music. You have access to all of the videos at once, so you can learn at your own pace, and you have the videos to go back to for review. You may wear a hard-soled shoe or a soft shoe and arm movements are optional. 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 that outlines all of the steps of each 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”. Happy Dancing!