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Guthrie School of Dance returns to the 2021 NESD Celtic Faire

Guthrie School of Dance was born out of a dream to foster an inclusive atmosphere where students could learn about the heritage and art of Scottish dance, from Highland and Country dancing to forms of step dance that eventually became Cape Breton Step and Clogging as Scots immigrated around the world.

Scottish dance and music are rich with stories, like the heavy games, the sheer athleticism in Highland dance is hard to beat, and the subtle influences of other cultures makes Scottish dance a treat to watch and participate in.

Join Guthrie School of Dance and get lost in the wonderful traditions of Scotland and Scots around the world. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram @GuthrieSchoolofDance and be sure to come to the Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire to try your hand at a Fling, a jig or just to enjoy a great day of dancing and music.

Guthrie School of Dance was founded in 2006 after director, Kristy Van Hoven, discovered there was a lack of classes and opportunities for dancers who wished to dance after retiring from competitive dance. Upon receiving her credentials from the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance, Kristy embarked on a mission to make Scottish dance available to anyone who wished to dance. She now teaches online and in person with students in Scotland, Canada and the United States with students competing and demonstrating Highland, Country and Step dance around the world.

Highland Heavy Games sign up is open! NESD CELTIC FAIRE & GAMES

The games are taking applications! Sign up to pay the $40 fee on the day of by clicking here or use Paypal/CC at  our  official  shop  or  call  Bart  Walker  for  more info  605-228-1206

Happy St Patricks Day from NESD Celtic Faire & Highland Games

Saint Patrick’s Day, feast day (March 17) of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts.
It was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has coloured its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the colour traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green”—sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists. – History of St. Patricks Day

And to celebrate our connection to this historical connection, please enjoy the wonderful song by our friends The Wild Colonial Bhoys

National Pi Day!

Check out this recipe to celebrate National Pi Day with a famous Irish twist!

Announcement: NESD CELTIC FAIRE & HIGHLAND GAMES will return in 2021