All things plaid (11 photos)Saturday, October 19, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
Katie Tallman of Bay City, Michigan, Josie Tallman (with furry friend) of Bay City, Michigan and Katie Steih of Midland, Michigan were three of 60 dancers in Saturday’s 10th Lock City International Highland Dance Competition held at Superior Heights Collegiate.
Sault Ste. Marie's own MacLeod Highland Dance Studio hosts the event each year, which attracts dancers from both Northern and Southern Ontario as well as Michigan and other American states.
Trophies and prizes are awarded to dancers in various categories.
MacLeod Highland Dance Studio's owner Catherine MacLeod told SooToday.com she is happy to see people take the time and spend the money to travel to each year's competition.
There were 25 local dancers on hand Saturday, but others were from Whitby, Hamilton, Windsor and Michigan.
The annual competition has included dancers ranging in age from four to 48, MacLeod told us.
A great deal of planning goes into each year's event.
MacLeod said: "We need to make sure we book our judges and pipers in advance. We've had judges from Scotland itself and the West Coast."
This year's dance judge was Joyce Kite of Etobicoke, Ontario, who judged performances in three different types of Highland dancing: Fling, Sword and Sean Truibhas (pronounced "Shawn Trews").
The dancers performed to the stirring sounds of the bagpipes, played by Bill Weaver of Alma, Michigan.
MacLeod told us: “Traditionally we've used the clan tartans of Scotland, then gradually the tartans have become brighter, and now the dancer kilts have a lot of white in them, along with pink, purple and turquoise. They're fashion statements, they go for what looks pretty."
One doesn't have to be of Scottish blood to appreciate Highland dancing or bagpipes, MacLeod noted.
"People see the style of Highland dancing and they enjoy it."
"The pipes are just an amazing, haunting instrument that just reverberates and hits people’s souls.”
A Highland dancing workshop was scheduled to be held at Superior Heights Sunday.
Anyone interested in learning more about Highland dancing locally may contact Catherine MacLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a list of Saturday's trophy winners:
Beginner (Seven to 10 years old): Keira Kent (Sault Ste. Marie)
Beginner (10 years and over): Cali-Anna Elliott (Sault Ste. Marie)
Novice (Seven to 12 years old): Alexandra Gaffney (Hamilton, ON)
Novice (12 and over): Andrea Cherry (Ajax, ON)
Intermediate: Julia Darrah (Toronto, ON)
Premier (Seven to 15): Brenna Kilby (Clio, Michigan)
Premier (16 and over): Elizabeth Ochs (Alma, Michigan)
Premier Reel Challenge: Elizabeth Ochs