There’s naethin’ loch a Scottish reel!

Selection_031In June, it seemed as if Scottish dancing had become Moscow’s newest craze.

The day started with a Highland dance competition in the open air and finished with a fun Scottish dance party in one of Moscow pubs.

The competition was adjudicated by one of the top people in the world of Highland dancing, Mrs Delma Wilson (Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing judge and a dedicated teacher, whose students have become World Highland Dance Champions 17 times!). It was Delma’s third time in Moscow as a judge so she must be clearly enjoying the determination of Russian kids, teenagers and adults to master the art of Scottish solo dancing. The competition, organised by Moscow Scottish dance school ‘Shady Glen’, attracted dancers from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ufa, Orenburg and Perm. Visitors of Bauman’s Garden watched in amazement as dancers in full highland outfits leaped to the sounds of traditional Scottish bagpipe played by Russia’s best bagpiper, Anatoly Isaev.
After all winners got their trophies and were cheered by their peers, friends and general public, everyone moved to Youngs Pub, a cosy and spacious venue not far from the Tretyakov Gallery, where Anatoly Isaev had a break from playing his bagpipe, switching to a traditional Scottish button accordion. Accompanied by Vladimir Volkov on a fiddle, he played all evening at a dance party organised by Moscow school ‘Shady Glen’ and Moscow Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society with the support of the International Women’s Club of Moscow Ceilidh Dance Group. Social dances of Scotland were enjoyed by Russian connoisseurs of Scottish dancing together with expats from Scotland, England, the US and even Serbia! The guests of the pub who had never seen Scottish dancing before joined in the fun. What a night!