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In the romantic comedy "Highland Fling," two television Directors: Adam Boyer , Jason Martin co-director. IMDb's Guide to Horror.
On the bottom it reads "Animo Non Astutia" which means "by courage, not cunning. It was composed on violin about the year by George Jenkins , a Scottich dancing master who died in London. The word "fling" has appeared at least since the 16th Century in Scottish literature to describe a vigorous kick movement in dancing when the dancer dances on each leg alternately, and flings the other one in front and behind. But the phrase "highland fling" did not appear in print until with the publication of the tune in G.
Jenkins 1st collection and may well refer to a type or style of step rather than a dance.
The first clear reference as a complete dance called the "Hielan Fling" occurs in It was first introduced to dance competitions in by the Inverness Northern Meeting Games. As with the Sword Dance, the Highland Fling is probably the oldest of the traditional dances of Scotland. The origins of the solo dance are obscure. It seems to be a compilation of some of the strathspey setting steps used in a reel.
Agility, nimble footwork, and strength allowed the dancer to avoid the sharp spike. For this reason the kings and chiefs of Scotland used Highland dancing as a way of choosing men as it tested them on agility, strength, stamina and accuracy. Scottish regiments used Highland Dancing as exercise to keep the troops in shape, and ready for battle.
For the film see Highland Fling (film): For the New Zealand trotter see Highland Fling (horse). The Highland Fling is a solo Highland dance that gained . Highland fling, national dance of Scotland. A vigorous dance requiring delicate balance and precision, it was probably originally a victory dance for a solo male.
The dances are indeed excellent exercise; for example, in a typical six-step Highland Fling, a dancer will jump vertically times the equivalent of running a mile , while performing complicated and intricate footwork, and using the muscles from head to toe. Highland dancing is therefore akin to sprinting, with dancers using fast-twitch muscle, which is also required by soldiers. The dancer is expected to execute crisp, precise movements with foot pointed, knee turned out, arms held steady and the apron, or front of the kilt, hanging flat.
Despite the variety of steps, it should be danced throughout in the same position on the board, perhaps because originally the Highland Fling was said to have been done on the shield of the clansman.
Originally only men were allowed to do these dances. In the late 19th century a young girl 10 years old named Jenny Douglas decided to enter a Highland dance competition. As this was not expressly forbidden, she was allowed to enter. It was a shock for everyone when the first female Highland Dancer took to the platforms to do battle with the men.
She made so much of an impact on the scene, dressed exactly as the men, that shortly afterwards other ladies took up the idea and the seed was sown.