Scot­tish dance school cel­e­brates 50 years

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

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.

Record per­for­mance

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.

STEVEN WARBURTON PHOTO

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.

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