Scottish dance school celebrates 50 years
For 50 years, Ella Edgar has been teaching Highland dancing at her school in Islay, which is one of the Inner Hebrides Islands off the west coast of Scotland.
To celebrate her golden anniversary, she thought it would be fun to go overseas and enter some Highland Dancing competitions in Canada. The group did just that, hitting the Glengarry Highland Games last weekend before embarking for another contest in Montreal.
Mrs. Edgar brought 10 of her dancers over. As she sat in the Maxville and District Sports Complex, which is where the competition took place, she had some kind words for all the dancers, both hers and not hers.
“The dancing calibre here is great,” she said, remarking on dancers who came from across Canada and even the United States to compete.
She says her students were a little overwhelmed as it was one of their biggest competitions.
Jayme-Ann Hart, who placed first overall in the Beginner 9 category, is one of those dancers.
She later said that her showing in Maxville was one of the best she had ever had at a Highland dancing competition.
Mrs. Edgar isn’t the only dancing teacher to celebrate her 50th anniversary at the Games. Way back in 2004, the late Rae MacCulloch, who founded the MacCulloch Dancers, also celebrated her 50th – breaking a record for most Highland Dancers dancing at the same time in the process.
FIFTY YEARS: Ella Edgar, back row at left, poses with some of her students after morning Highland dance competitions at the Glengarry Highland Games on Friday. Ms. Edgar brought her dancers to Canada to help her school celebrate its 50th anniversary. Also shown in the back row are Eilidh MacLellan, Isla MacCalman, Sophie Baker, Anwen Baker. Front row: Jayme-Ann Hart, Josie Rountree, Rachel Heads, Hannah Schleicher-Wang, Emma-Lin Schleicher-Wang, Kara MacGillivray.