Weekend of Highland Arts Features Kiltie Dancers
The third annual Alma College Weekend of Highland Arts will feature two days of dance competitions, workshops, professional exams and performances.
The Nov. 3-4 weekend is highlighted by the annual fall performance of the Alma Kiltie Dancers at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for Alma College faculty, staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The program will feature a diverse selection of traditional highland dances and innovative choreography with international influences, says Kate DeGood, director of highland dancing at Alma College.
The Kiltie Dancers perform at the Detroit Opera House in March 2012.
“The dancers will perform some traditional steps from the Highland Fling that were used frequently before they were removed from the books in the 1950s,” says DeGood. “We also will perform some traditional New Zealand Hornpipe and jigs that some people may have not seen before.”
The Kiltie Dancers include El Dorado Hills, Calif., senior Natalie McNeil, Fenton junior Olivia Horton, Chelsea junior Amanda Craig, Ft. Gratiot junior Christina Cuthbertson, Lake Ann junior Alesa Hughson, Flushing sophomore Laura Hassold, Washington sophomore Veronica Alore, Irvine, Calif., sophomore Heather Randell and Issaquah, Wash., freshman Katie Ochs.
Highland dancers at all levels are invited to register for the indoor dance competition, with Judge Ann Milne presiding. Competition classes include primary, beginner, novice, intermediate and premier and comprise Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas, Hornpipe and Village Maid among others.
Entries are accepted through Oct. 31. Pre-registration is required, and entry fees vary by class. Read more.
Highland dancing workshops will be offered Sunday, Nov. 4. Instructors Milne and DeGood will offer primary, beginner, novice, intermediate and premier instruction. Workshop entry fees include a light snack. BATD Exams will be offered Sunday afternoon following the workshop.
The Weekend of Highland Dance is made possible by Alma College in partnership with the Alma Highland Festival.
Posted: Tue, October 23rd, 2012 at 1:39PM