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Kiltie Dancers Choreograph in Color

“Highland dancing is such a big part of my life, and I have met some of my closest friends through this program.” — Matilda Ennis

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The Alma College Kiltie Dancers annually showcase their Scottish highland dance technique. Now they are practicing their choreographing talents.

The group’s annual Student Choreographers’ Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Remick Heritage Center Dance Studio. Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Earlier this year the Kiltie Dancers took first place in group choreography at the Marguerite Reid Memorial Highland Dance Workshop in Pennsylvania.

“This spring has been very busy with various performances and preparing for the student choreography concert,” says Kate DeGood Cassidy, highland dance coordinator. “We are excited for the many opportunities to highlight various types of choreography.”

Kiltie dancer.Kiltie dancer.The theme of this year’s concert is colors. The program will include a piece by Emily Brubaker titled “Chameleon,” which is choreographed to the upbeat techno track of the same name by the Australian dance group Pnau.

With a total of seven dancers, the piece will be performed under black lights with dancers in white costumes featuring fluorescent designs.

“People typically think of highland dance as being set to bagpipes and in its traditional, technical and athletic sense only,” says Brubaker, a junior from Virginia Beach. “What I love about the student choreography concert is that we aren’t confined to this. What I wanted to achieve with ‘Chameleon’ was to stretch highland dance and our dancers as far as we could go artistically and create something that no one would expect from us.”

Another piece to be performed was crafted by Matilda Ennis. It is a trio focusing on the color red, meant to represent love, and set to the song “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole.

“This dance is intended to leave the audience with a smile on their face as it is upbeat and fun,” says Ennis, a senior from Glenside, Pa., who will be taking the stage for the last time as an Alma College student.

“While this summer I will continue my dance career by returning to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, the stage in the Remick Heritage Center will always hold a special place in my heart,” says Ennis.

“It’s been a joy to not only work with our instructor, Kate DeGood Cassidy, but to become close friends through the years thanks to our shared passion for highland dancing,” says Ennis. “It is hard to believe that this is my last concert with the Alma College Kiltie Dancers. Highland dancing is such a big part of my life, and I have met some of my closest friends through this program.”

Story published on March 15, 2018