Highland Arts Weekend Features Pipers, Dancers
Bagpipes and kilts will take center stage at the second annual Alma College Weekend of Highland Arts.
The Nov. 5-6 weekend of workshops and competitions includes a concert by the Alma College Pipers and Kiltie Dancers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Tyler Van-Dusen Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for Alma College faculty, staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Tickets are available are the door.
“Preparation for this year’s Weekend of Highland Arts began immediately after completing the inaugural weekend last year,” says Katherine DeGood, Alma College highland dance director. “The dancers are practicing and developing new choreography in preparation for the Saturday night concert.”
Pipers in the homecoming parade.
Along with the concert, the dancers will participate in the highland dance competition at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in Van Dusen Commons. Read more.
“People can expect to see competitive highland dancing, including traditional dances such as the Highland Fling, Sword Dance and Seann Triubhas,” explains DeGood. “Dancers will range in age from 4 years through adult, and range in ability from beginners to championship level premier dancers.
“Highland Dancing is an exciting and unique form of dance to watch, and we have some of the very best Highland Dancers in the country right here at Alma College,” she says.
Of course, where there are Kiltie dancers, the Alma College pipers are close by.
“The pipers have really reached another level,” says Alma College Piping Director Andrew Duncan. The pipers will showcase some new, diverse music—including some songs that contain fiddles and small pipes.
Piping workshops also are offered. “The workshops will offer quality instruction, from tone and tuning to maintenance,” Duncan says. Read more.
Sponsoring events in the highland arts supports Alma’s Scottish heritage, says DeGood.
“Everyone should learn a bit about their Scottish heritage while they’re here at Alma,” she says.
Posted: Tue, October 25th, 2011 at 1:44PM