The Art of Treepling Panel Discussion

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Netherbow Theatre
Dance, Talk
Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland

Part 1: Imagining New Futures for Scottish Step Dance

The resurgence of interest of step dance in Scotland in the late 20th
century was encouraged in-part by inspirational teaching visits by
dancers abroad (Melin 2005, passim). Since then, step dancers in
Scotland have continued teaching, performing and re-imagining percussive
dance as a rich cultural locus of music-making, creativity, identity and
community-building. This panel aims to spark conversation around
fostering continued rich, diverse and innovative step dancing in
Scotland across many contexts.


  • Dr. Mats Melin (Moderator) – Board Member, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland & Director MA Irish Dance Studies, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
  • Paul Burns – Interim Head of Dance, Creative Scotland
  • Alison Carlyle – Step Dancer & Community Educator
  • Nicola Marshall – Senior Development Officer, Fèisean nan Gàidheal
  • Dr. Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain – Director MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
  • Dr. Lori Watson – Lecturer in Scottish Ethnology, University of Edinburgh

Part 2: Developing New Solo Step Dance Work: A Conversation with Colin Dunne & Nic Gareiss

Contemporary traditional dance artists Colin Dunne and Nic Gareiss
discuss the process, pleasures, and pitfalls of developing their new
solo step dance works including Colin’s critically-acclaimed shows Out
of Time and Concert and Nic’s show Solo Square Dance and
work-in-progress The Art of Treepling.

If you have booked a place on one of the ‘Art of Treepling’ workshops you are eligible for a free ticket. Please call box office at 0131 556 9579 to book.

Members of the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland receive £5 discount on all “Art of Treepling” events. If you are a TDFS member, please select a full price ticket to book at the discounted rate.

08 Jun
15:30 - 17:30