Scottish Highland Dancing Proves Great Success in Disneyland Paris!
18 November 2011
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
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
" 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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