SCOTLAND GETS TASTE OF ROMA
AMONG the 100 dancers from around the world performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney were two highland performers from Roma.
Ellen Kehl and Hannah Hughes headed to Sydney last weekend for the performance of their lifetimes.
The Tattoo Dance Company, made up of 100 dancers from across the globe included 23 from Australia.
For Miss Kehl, the significance wasn’t lost.
“It is amazing to think that two of the 23 Australians were from Roma,” she said.
“We travelled to Sydney for five days of rehearsals, prior to our first performance on the Thursday evening.”
Three more shows followed, with over 150,000 tickets sold over the four performances.
“We performed five times in each show with a variety from traditional Scottish choreography to the Cancan,” the girls said.
Featuring over 1600 of the world’s finest pipers, drummers, dancers, military musicians and performers, this renowned Scottish spectacular was brought to life set against the backdrop of a fullsize replica of Edinburgh Castle at ANZ Stadium.
ANZ Stadium was filled with the sights and sounds of 320 pipes and drums, 100 highland dancers, 13 military bands with 865 military performers, 40 Scottish fiddlers, a 100 strong Australian Federation Guard and much more.
“Not only did spectators experience a moving, memorable masterpiece of theatrical entertainment they got to hear the drums, feel the power and listen to all the traditional classics like Auld Lang Syne and Scotland the Brave, together with a wide range of contemporary favourites,” Miss Hughes said.
“I often have to pinch myself when I think about the opportunities that highland dancing has given me and the places I have been to because of dancing. It is like a dream come true.”
ON A HIGH: Ellen Kehl and Hannah Hughes performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney.