Dancers’ dream come true
ROMA highland dancers Ellen Kehl and Hannah Hughes have returned recently from an overseas trip that is every dancer’s dream opportunity.
The girls were in Switzerland performing in the 2017 Basel Tattoo, as members of the Australian OzScot Highland Dancing team. The Basel Tattoo is recognised internationally as the second largest tattoo in the world, after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
It is a military music event showcasing the best bands, choreography and dancers.
Ellen and Hannah said they were honoured to be members of such an elite team.
“The feeling of performing on a world stage with the national team was simply indescribable,” Ellen said.
“I just couldn’t help but smile. It really was a dream come true.”
The team met in Basel in mid-July and trained for six days leading up to the opening night of the tattoo.
From there, the girls performed every night for nine nights in front of audiences of up to 9000 spectators each night.
Hannah said the experience was different to what she had expected.
“Behind the scenes it was really hard work but, when you are doing what you love with people you love dancing with you, it makes it easier,” she said.
The tattoo was held at the historical barracks in the heart of Basel, on the banks of the Rhine, the perfect setting in a historically rich European city.