Forget football, time to strap on your dancing shoes!

Isle Dance members entertained during the Tall Ships this year with thier unique Samba routine.
Isle Dance members entertained during the Tall Ships this year with thier unique Samba routine.
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DANCE, it appears, is now more popular in Scotland than football!

A recent report by the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), which represents dance and theatre organisations across Scotland, revealed that about five per cent – nearly one million people – took part in dance activities during 2008/09, and with 19 per cent of adults hitting the dance floors, it proved more than played football in the period!

The statistics come as no surprise to Isle Dance instructor Kirstie Anderson, who comments: “I’ve always thought Scotland was a nation of dancers – whether socially or in performance or competition – it’s in our blood!

“It’s great that this is being recognised and that there are so many more opportunities for everyone in the community to partake in dance, whether at a ceilidh of attending a dance exercise class, or as young people building a range of performance and dance skills.”

And if you’re tempted to strap on your dancing shoes, Isle Dance is offering an ‘Open Day’ to come and try out whatever styles or steps you fancy, this Saturday afternoon (August 20) at the Royal British Legion in Stornoway – all for one £1.

“Our Open Day is a great fun and cheap opportunity for everyone in the community to come along and give dancing a go,” says Kirstie. “Whether you’re aiming to learn a new skill, improve your fitness levels or just have a laugh with some friends.

“For just £1 you can try out all of our classes, so come along with friends and family, and all ages and abilities are welcome.”

Starting at 1pm with dance and fun for wee ones aged eight and under, the Open Day continues from 2 to 3pm with dance and cheer for those aged eight years and upwards; especially for those who are current members of the islands cheerleaders the North West Allstars, and those who would like to join the squad.

From 3 to 4pm it’s the turn of adults, and any young ones who want to stay on, when Kirstie will take participants through their paces with Hip Hop and Bollywood styles of dance, as well as a taster of Zumba and Zumba toning before finishing off with a short intro to Pilates.

“Give it a go and enjoy a fun and fitness filled day – whether you’ve been dancing all your like of it’s brand new to you!” adds Kirstie.