While "ghillies" might sound like an unfortunate souvenir you bring back from a particularly debaucherous trip to Thailand, it is in fact a type of Scottish dancing footwear. The soft leather lace-ups, which look like a cross between Teva hiking sandals and ballet shoes, allow men and women to boogie down to fast-paced reels and jigs, as well as slower-paced strathspeys.
If any of the above terms sound more confusing than vegetarian haggis, join the Thistle and Ghillies--Boise's own Scottish country dancing group--for weekly lessons starting Monday, Jan. 18, and continuing until March 14.
The Thistle and Ghillies describe Scottish country dancing as a "cross between square or contra dancing (although there is no caller) and ballet." The dances are done in sets of six or eight people, with bonnie lasses on one side and lads on the other. The Thistle and Ghillies promise "an enjoyable time among pleasant people," but also note that attendees should be prepared to switch dancing partners frequently and be comfortable getting their dance on with members of the same sex. Classes are held at the Eagle Performing Arts Center at 149 W. State St. from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. and dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Ghillies optional.
Mondays, Jan. 18-March 14, 7:15.-9:15 p.m., $4 members, $5 nonmembers, Eagle Performing Arts Center, 149 W. State St., Eagle, 208-342-2812, thistleandghillies.org.