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In early 2003 the Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust strted the process of commissioning the production of new dance pieces with the remit to use and mix different dance styles into one integrated and flowing performance.

So far 2 pieces have been commissioned - 'Generating Heat' (in 2003) and 'Funky Faeries' (in 2004).

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The dancers came from a variety of backgrounds bringing with them expertise covering highland, contemporary, tap, step, ceilidh and Swedish dance styles (to name but a few) and the musical accompaniment was provided by the fiddle and the small pipes.

The work was developed in Stirling over 2 weeks in February 2003 where the team encountered a fine sample of the type of Scotland's weather - rain, snow and even blistering sunshine - whilst clambering up a hill, followed by 5 flights of stairs just to get from the cars to the rehearsal venue to start their day's dancing! It is perhaps no surprise that the resulting work was eventually called 'Generating Heat'.

The piece contained a mix of styles pulled from the combined experiences of the dancers and managed to blend historical folklore and songs with contemporary dance, hanging from a rope with step dancing and a Swedish Polska with a broad swords!

'Generating Heat' was premiered at the STDT's Conference in March and was shown as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on 16 August 2003 at Dancebase.

For more information please contact the Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust.

Dancers:
Donal Brown
Kally Lloyd-Jones
Mats Melin
Gareth Mitchelson
Jennifer Paterson
Sandra Robertson

Musicians:
Donal Brown
Marie Campbell

Funding
The commission was mode possible with the support of the Scottish Arts Council and with the supportive partnership of the Tolbooth in Stirling.

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'Funky Faeries'

This is a short taster of a new dance commission which the STDT hope to develop in the near future. It was first performed as part of the Traditional Dance Festival in March 2004, and is now being revived for the Atlantic Arm Seminar to be held in Glasgow on 20th & 21st January 2005. The theme for this seminar is Cultural Diversity and the Celtic Heritage.

The piece has been choreographed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, who is partnered by Gareth Mitchelson, World Highland Dance Champion and Artistic Director of Celtic Spirit Dance Co.

"Funky Faeries" is a fun, innovative, high octane, funky Scottish tradition-based dancing sequence with a squeeze of world styles, a flash of fire, a twist of humour and a new slant on some old steps. The music is selected from traditional modern Scottish bands whose work is also a fusion of world styles and instruments.

For more information please contact the Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust.

Dancers:
Kally Lloyd-Jones
Gareth Mitchelson