Every highland dancer’s dream
ROMA highland dancers Ellen Kehl and Hannah Hughes have recently returned 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.
The team met in Basel in mid-July.
They 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.
“Behind the scenes it was really hard work,” Hannah said.
“But when you are doing what you love with people you love dancing with you, it makes it easier.”
OzScot Australia dance director and founder Cheryl Roach OAM, congratulated the team on their effort.
“Your teachers, family and Australia should all be very proud of your performances and achievements on a world stage of a very successful international event.”
DREAM BIG: Roma highland dancers Ellen Kehl and Hannah Hughes performed in the 2017 Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.