by Cailine Drummond for The Dance Journal
Discover Scottish Dance, USA announced that 14 American Scottish Highland Dancers will pack their bags, dance shoes and costumes to perform in The 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the world’s most prestigious global presentations. From August 7 – 29th, the U.S. dancers will join bagpipers, drummers, singers and other dancers from four continents in a daily presentation that entertains an annual onsite audience of 220,000 and an at-home audience of 100 million worldwide.
This marks the first year American Scottish Highland Dancers have been invited to audition to perform in the Tattoo. 188 applicants from Scotland, Canada, Australia, and the United States submitted audition videos, competing for 66 coveted spots.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for these hard-working dancers, as well as for recognition of Scottish Highland Dancing in the United States,” said William Weaver, President, Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators of Highland Dancing. “We will be proud to see these ladies represent the U.S. in this world-stage performance and wish them the best in what will be an unforgettable experience.”
The Philadelphia Dancers
Maty Ennis (Glenside, PA), Caroline Drummond (Maple Glen, PA) and Brigid Peyton (Maple Glen, PA), ages 19, 17, and 18 respectively, have been dancing together for over 14 years at the Campbell School of Highland, located in Maple Glen, PA. The art, precision, and athleticism of Highland Dancing continues to be perfected through daily practice, national and international competitions, and performance opportunities. All three of these girls have individually earned the title Champion on multiple occasions and together have won first place in the U.S. National Choreography competition for the past four consecutive years.
“To watch these three young women grow and dance together over the years has been a tremendous experience” said, Kathleen Drummond, Director of the Campbell School of Highland Dance. “To watch them dance so seamlessly together is to know their friendship and their love of this art.”
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