MacLeod dancers ready for international competitionTuesday, October 15, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
MACLEOD HIGHLAND DANCE STUDIOS
Some of you may have to reach deep into your roots, and for others, it is right on the surface - your Scottish Heritage!
Saturday, October 19th's Lock City International Highland Dance Competition will amaze you with the sounds of the bagpipe and the athletic dancing ability of 60 dancers dressed in a wide array of tartan colours.
Sault Ste. Marie's own MacLeod Highland Dance Studio hosts this huge event every October and includes dancers from as far away as Hamilton, Ontario and Michigan.
This competition is in it's 10th year and Catherine MacLeod says that organization of this event starts a year in advance to get things "just right".
She adds, "Our event provides dancers a competitive and learning environment with an additional workshop held on Sunday offered by qualified teachers, all during the most beautiful time of the season in Sault Ste. Marie!"
If you haven't been to a Highland Dance competition before, then this is the chance to witness a highly athletic and graceful dance.
A highly qualified visiting judge rates the dancers individually for each of their dances (3 dancers take the stage at a time) and medals are awarded in each dance division.
Our guest bagpiper, Bill Weaver, hails from Alma, Michigan and is himself a renowned Highland Dance judge and teacher.
Highland Dance competitions are held all over the world, some in association with Highland Games in summer, and some as indoor competitions.
Pre-Premier dancers in the Beginner and Novice divisions take the stage at 9am, performing both traditional National Dances (Lilt & Flora) and Highland Dances (Fling, Sword & Sean Truibhas (pronounced "Shawn Trews")).
A special treat is watching the 5-year-old Primary dancers show their stuff. The Intermediate and Premier dancers take the stage by 1pm - this is where you will see Highland Dancing at it's best - refined and advanced steps danced by experienced dancers who range from age 9 to adults.
They perform additional types of dances including the Sailor's Hornpipe and the Barracks.
Don't worry if you see some dancers dancing different steps to the same tune; each dancer learns different advanced steps to each dance throughout their dancing career!
The Lock City International Highland Dance Competition will run Octer 19 from 9 am to 4 pm at (check us out at Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School.
Admission is only $2/person or $5/family!
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