Dancing
Why do you think some or many people like dancing? Tell me about any traditional dancing in your country. Do you think traditional dancing will be popular in the future?
Vocabulary
  • Coordination (noun) - the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently.
  • Clumsy (adj.) - awkward in movement or in handling things.
  • To have two left feet (idiom) - being clumsy or awkward.
  • Awkward (adj.) - causing or feeling uneasy embarrassment or inconvenience.
  • Rhythm (noun) - a strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound.
  • Mode (noun) - way or manner in which something occurs or is experienced, expressed, or done.
  • Enticing (adj.) - attractive or tempting.
Questions and answers
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Maria: Scottish dancing. Rory, do you enjoy dancing?

Rory: In my own limited way. Yes actually. And so whenever I listen to music in the gym or the metro I usually tap my feet and sort of bounce along to it. But I'm not a great fan of dancing wildly at clubs or doing the tango, for example, it's first of all takes too much coordination and I'm really clumsy. It's like I have two left feet or something. So it's not something that I do to a great extent I suppose.

Maria: When was the last time you danced?

Rory: Probably ironically in the club, actually. I can't remember. I hardly ever dance these days. Well not when I'm sober at least. I think I went on a date once actually and we danced doing that. That was quite nice. It was a little bit awkward because of course I can't dance but it was nice. I've not done anything like that before.

Maria: Has anyone ever taught you how to dance?

Rory: Many have tried but all of them have failed. You'd have more luck probably teaching me advanced physics I think. I think some people have this natural rhythm but I just don't. So it's if you like sort of successful in tasks then why not try.

Maria: Why do you think some or many people like dancing?

Rory: Lots of reasons. It's a good way to exercise. And it's like a mode of self-expression. People use it to attract people they're interested in. Although admittedly I can't remember finding anyone enticing based solely on their dance skills alone, although it's possibly because I don't share that trait.

Maria: What kind of dancing do people in your country like?

Rory: Ah well I don't think there's a limit. I suppose in clubs there's like the usual tunes that people dance along to in their own way. But I think people dance to anything don't they?

Maria: Tell me about any traditional dancing in your country.

Rory: Oh god! Highland dancing. Okay I should explain for people who don't know about this. First of all Google it. It's fun and try. Highland dancing is like folk or traditional dancing everywhere. In terms of the complexity and coordination it's I think it's quite well known relatively. They force us to do it at school which creates a great deal of resentment though it does come in handy at weddings and other events if you can recall it well enough after a little refresher.

Maria: Do you think traditional dancing will be popular in the future?
Rory: Well I certainly hope so. I like the idea of future generations enjoying it. I just hope there's a way of teaching it that's less forceful and more fun than the way we do it at school. So if any Scottish high school teachers are listening or watching, could you could you try and find a way of making it more fun for students please? I would appreciate that I think. My past self would.
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