Scottish Highland Dancing Proves Great Success in Disneyland Paris!

18 November 2011

Scottish Highland Dancing Proves Great Success in Disneyland Paris!

Well done to all the Isle of Barra dancers who performed at the very exciting Disneyland Paris International Festival of Highland Dancing, which was designed to give Highland Dancers an opportunity to dance and showcase their dancing skills in the heart of the magical world of Disneyland Paris, participate in workshops and take part in a Disney Pre-Parade, dancing along the famous Disney Parade Route. They also performed on stage in a Disney Park, performed in the festival's opening ceremony with some very special Disney guests, namely Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Dancers from three Barra dancing schools, Barra MAC School of Dance, Eileen O'Carroll Dance School and Jane Douglas School of Dance,  made the trip to Paris along with their parents, about 70 people in all.

On Friday, dancers from the Jane Douglas School of Dance

performed a fantastic thirty minute show to 3000 people on Disney's Videopolis stage.

 On Saturday, Hazel MacDonald and Kristie Boyd danced in the

opening ceremony, and a further 20 dancers aged 5 and up performed a 10 minute showcase.

On Sunday, all the dancers danced in the spectacular Disney Pre-

Parade through the park.

The dancers and families also got to enjoy a very busy time in the parks and after a tour of Paris returned home happy but exhausted!

Organiser Billy Forsythe MBE congratulated all the dancers taking part and said:

" For those who had travelled furthest, I can only say well done for putting on a show that was incredibly polished and professional and would have been a WOW in any location around the world. And the sight of that Pre-Parade was simply stupendous. The whole of Disneyland's Main Street, USA, was a tartan carpet constantly moving and changing - and the lines of the dancers were wonderful, straight as a die down the full length of the street."

BBC Alba's De a Nis followed the dancers and the programme will be shown on their Christmas special on 23rd December at 6pm. Radio nan Gaidheal's Aileag also accompanied the dancers and an hour long programme which will be broadcast on the 16th of December at 4pm.


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