The popular view of Scottish solo dancing is that generally seen throughout the world at Highland Games. Tom and Joan Flett's unique research, commenced in the early 1950s, illustrates that this aspect is only a small part of a rich heritage of step dances. The authors not only drew on a large number of literary sources but, most importantly, travelled all over Scotland gathering information from the many people who could fondly remember their own early days of dancing. In addition to its value to those wishing to recreate the dances, Traditional Step-Dancing in Scotland
provides a vivid picture of an important aspect of early Scottish social life.
Clear instructions of the dances collected are included, and the link between solo dancing in Scotland and Cape Breton Island, Canada, is explored.