The 2013 Elizabeth Celtic Festival
Highland Dancing Competition
Dawn on Saturday morning, before it all starts...all is calm...
Mid-day on Saturday: Energy, chaos... and a celebration of the Art of Scottish Highland Dance.
We have a wonderful Highland Dance competition, featuring many of Colorado's best competitors,
as well as dancers from other states.
This year's judge is Kyla Todd Groeschel, from Fair Oaks, California (near Sacramento).
Here are some photos from past years:
Left: Strathspey and Highland Reel (Reanna Medina in center). Photo by Jeff Medina.
Center: Heather Bruce competing in the Sword Dance. Photo by Rachel Bruce.
Right: Another Strathspey and Highland Reel. Photo by Rachel Bruce.
Saturday's program (starting at 10:00 a.m.) are mostly danced in kilts:
--The Highland Fling
--The Sword Dance
--The Seann Triubhas
--Wilt Thou Go to the Barracks, Johnnie (also known as "The Barracks," for short--choreographed in Aberdeen in 1793 to recruit soldiers for the local regiment)
And by the Premier Dancers--
--The Village Maid.
--The Earl of Errol
--The Sailor's Hornpipe
Left: Ally Medina (photo by Jeff Medina). Right: Trophy Winners (photo by John Park).
Sunday's program (starting at 10:00 a.m.)...
will include all four types of attire or costumes used by Highland dancers, and will feature:
In Aboyne costume:
--The Scottish Lilt
--Flora MacDonald's Fancy
Additionally, there will be the very colorful Irish Jig (Scottish version)
(in what's called a Jig costume);
The Sailor's Hornpipe (in a British Sailor's uniform) (danced on Sunday by the Intermediate "class" (level) competitors);
The Strathspey and Highland Reel (in kilt attire): This is a combination of two dances, Strathspey is slow to a fast Reel;
The Novice Level Dancers will be dancing The Half Reel of Tulloch.
Click here for Background information about the dances you would see at a typical Highland dance competition.
The competition is in a 2-day format.
Click here for Competitor Information.
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