SCOT­LAND GETS TASTE OF ROMA

The Western Star - - Front Page - ELLEN RANSLEY

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.”

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

ON A HIGH: Ellen Kehl and Han­nah Hughes per­formed at the Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too in Syd­ney.

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