|The Highland Fling:
||The Fling is one of the most well known of the Highland Dances, it is one of pride, the grouping of the fingers represents the stag, the great animal of the Highlands prior to the Clearances. This dance is said to have been danced on a Highlanders Targe (A large shield with a spike on it). This accounts for why the dance is stationary, one wrong move and the dancer is minus a foot.
|The Sword Dance:
||This Dance is said to date back to the 11th Century when after a battle one of Malcolm Camore's men placed his sword over the sword of his dead opponents (some stories replace the opponents sword with his head) and danced. This dance was done the night before battle, if the dancer stepped on or kicked the sword it was a bad omen for the next days battle.
||The title of this dance is Scotch Gaelic for "Old Trousers." This is a dance celebrating the repeal of the English law that made it illegal for Highlanders to play their pipes or where their kilts, the kicking movements in this dance is representitive of the highlanders kicking off their trousers, the fast paced last steps show the freedom they felt being back in their kilts.
||The Scottish version of the Irish Jig is poking fun at an Irish washerwoman who in one version is after a handful of young boys who stole her washing or in another story is angry at her husband for coming home late from the pub with no money. The Scottish Version greatly differs from traditional Irish Jigs, it has many punching, flouncing and kicking movements.
||This dance shows the duties of a member of the British Navy, the steps show dancers hauling rope, lifting, looking out and saying farwell as they launch.
||One of the more well know National Dances the Flora MacDonald is names after the woman who smuggled Bonnie Prince Charlie under her skirts to Sky following a great massacre by Cumberland during the Jacobite Rebellion.