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A taste of Scottish history down South

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With small class sizes, the group can intimately dance together and create a special bond With small class sizes, the group can intimately dance together and create a special bond
Colleen Walker has been attending Scottish Dance classes with her husband for over 23 years Colleen Walker has been attending Scottish Dance classes with her husband for over 23 years
More experienced dancers can be seen wearing colorful ghillies More experienced dancers can be seen wearing colorful ghillies

By Gabrielle Ehrens

Many people in the south have grown up learning to shag and swing dance. One small group in Columbia has decided to stray from the norm and bring a little heritage to their step. Follow the sound of Scottish music and you will find them every Tuesday night at Columbia's Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Instructor Bill McCullough leads the Palmetto Scottish Country Dancers in a free dance class every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00P.M. The class welcomes everyone, no previous experience needed.

A frequent dancer Colleen Walker says she has been coming for over 23 years.

"Some people go to the gym to work out, some people run, but I like to come to these classes and dance" says Walker.

The Scottish Country Dance Society was founded in 1979 in Columbia to promote and enjoy Scottish Country dancing. The group is an affiliate of the Royal Scottish Dance Society in Edingburgh, Scotland. Leaders stage dance workshops and performances at Scottish function like Tartan Day, Columbia's International Festival, and many more.

The class learns technical Scottish dances like jig, reel and strathpsey. McCullough makes it easy for beginners to catch on quickly.

They are always looking for more people to join the class and to join in on the fun.

You can learn more at The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society website.

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