Pri­mary chil­dren danc­ing to a Scot­tish tune

The Arran Banner - - News - Words and pic­tures Colin Smee­ton ed­i­[email protected]­ran­ban­

Pupils from all of Ar­ran’s seven pri­mary schools took part the an­nual Scot­tish Dance Fes­ti­val at Whit­ing Bay Hall last week, at­tended by their fam­i­lies.

Now in its 20th year, the fes­ti­val, which is also known as the Day of Dance, is a cel­e­bra­tion of Scot­tish danc­ing where pupils learn the steps and en­joy an af­ter­noon of ac­tive fun with their friends.

Ow­ing to the can­cel­la­tion of fer­ries be­cause of the stormy con­di­tions, ac­cor­dion­ist Ian Muir was un­able to at­tend. How­ever, teach­ers im­pro­vised with recorded mu­sic and the chil­dren still en­joyed them­selves im­mensely.

Piper Rory Cur­rie pro­vided some live mu­sic and the ac­com­pa­ni­ment for the stan­dard bear­ers’ pa­rade.

Liz Kennedy was, as usual, the mas­ter of cer­e­monies and took the chil­dren through a num­ber of jigs, Strath­speys and reels in­clud­ing the Gay Gor­dons, The White Rab­bit and The Fly­ing Scots­man and The Old Man of Storr.

Or­gan­is­ers thanked Ac­tive Sports co­or­di­na­tor An­drew Brisco and all the teach­ers, pupils and par­ents who put so much ef­fort into teach­ing and learn­ing the dance steps and for con­tribut­ing to an en­joy­able af­ter­noon of danc­ing.


Brod­ick Pri­mary School’s Man­darin teacher en­joys learn­ing the Scot­tish dances.


Chil­dren of all ages take part in the day of dance.


Chil­dren form an arch dur­ing the Dash­ing White Sergeant.


Pupils learn some of the rou­tines by watch­ing their friends.


Dancers ea­gerly await their turn to play their part in the dance.

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