Dancers’ dream come true

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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.

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