Dancers back at show

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Af­ter a lay-off of eight years, High­land Danc­ing is mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to the A&P Show on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 28. High­land Danc­ing is very popular in North Otago with more than sixty regular stu­dents taught by three lo­cal teach­ers – Jenny Kinzett, Philippa Tay­lor and Kim­ber­ley Mavor.

Mrs Mavor ex­plains: ‘‘The Mos­giel com­pe­ti­tion has moved to March so it opened a win­dow to bring High­land Danc­ing back. They’re very keen to have us back and all go­ing well we should have a suc­cess­ful day.’’

Dancers can en­ter on the day from 9am with com­pe­ti­tions start­ing at 10am.

‘‘I’m con­fi­dent we’ll get quite a few be­cause there’s

a num­ber of lo­cal dancers now so it’ll be a per­fect out­ing for them.’’

The life of a High­land Dancer can be busy with many com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing the na­tion­als which will be held in Ash­bur­ton this year. Last week­end there was the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion at the Scot­tish Hall.

The re­turn to the A&P Show brings spe­cial mem­o­ries for Mrs Mavor.

‘‘I danced at the A&P Show for many a year. It used to be in Novem­ber on a Wed­nes­day, I’ll never for­get, a day off school so you could com­pete.

‘‘And the high­light for me was, you used to win 50 cents and a card, and I tell you what, for a day’s danc­ing, that bought you quite a few rides back in the day on the fer­ris wheel and what have you.’’

For stu­dents there are 10 set dances to learn along with some fun dances.

‘‘Usu­ally you start by learn­ing the High­land Fling, then the Ir­ish jig, you move on to the Sword Dance, Sailor’s Horn­pipe and the list goes on.’’

The A&P Show com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures six dif­fer­ent dances in five age cat­e­gories: un­der-7, 8, 10, 12 and 14.

‘‘The se­niors won’t be per­form­ing but some will help out on the day, which is en­cour­ag­ing for the young ones.’’

The as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween High­land Danc­ing and the A&P Show goes back many years. Mrs Mavor hopes it will be­come a regular event again from now on.

‘‘It’s al­ways been quite a tra­di­tional thing and it’s nice to bring it back – a fun day out and a chance for the girls to show their stuff to oth­ers, and for oth­ers to see what Oa­maru’s got to of­fer with High­land Danc­ing.’’

Skills: It’s a fun day out and a chance for the girls to show their stuff.

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