‘Teach Scottish Country Dance in Scotland – Atsuko Clement’

Please click here to view this documentary from the homepage of Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland.


Atsuko Clement, originally from Japan, is a qualified teacher of Scottish Country Dance. When she visited Scotland for the first time, she attended a summer school for Scottish Country Dance. “Others offered me their hands naturally. I was led to my position naturally, and I was made to dance naturally, even though I didn’t know the dance well.” She was surprised because “in Japan, if you don’t know the sequence, you shouldn’t dance.” This first impression of Scottish Dance seems to make her teach, in detail, how to move hands, as a teacher.

Scenes from her Demonstration Class held in Edinburgh in January 2014 are extensively used in the film. 

The interviews were carried out in January and April 2014.

Interviewed guests in appearance: Atsuko Clement, Moira Reekie, and the participants oat the Demonstration Class held in Edinburgh in January 2014

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and Edited by: Yushin Toda
Producer: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
38 minutes
In Japanese with English subtitles
©2019 Japan Desk Scotland


This is part of Japan Desk Scotland’s documentary films production. This has been shown:

(1) on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at the International Study Group held in the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland; and

(2) on Wednesday 18 December 2019 at Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.