Eileen Lindsay and 22 of her dancers along with family and friends went to participate in the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance which was held in Disneyland Paris.
The gathering consisted of several events including two events that they had to audition for.
They were over the moon to hear that they had successfully passed the auditions which meant they could take part in every event.
The dancers along with the guidance of Eileen Lindsay and Arleine Lindsay trained every single week over the last year to prepare for this trip.
Family, friends & dancers were involved in many fundraising events to help make this trip possible.
The team left from Aberdeen on Thursday, November 19 and travelled to Paris ready for the first event on Friday 20. This event was the first of the two auditions called “Disney Performing Arts On Stage Showcase” and was held in Cinemagique in Walt Disney Studios. This involved a 20 minute choreographed display by the 22 dancers and included dances to “Cry of the Celts”, “Chilli Time”, “Radetsky March”, “Feet of Flames”, “Bonnie wee Jeannie McColl” and a Scottish Medley. This proved to be a very successful event and a great way to kick off the Gathering.
On Saturday, November 21 the girls had a very early start as they were taking part in a highland dancing competition which was held at Disney’s New York Hotel. The girls competed against dancers from around the globe in their own sections from Primary to Premier and were aged from five years to 21 years. Another hugely successful event with all dancers winning several medals and some also winning special Disney trophies.
The final day of dancing was held on Sunday, November 22, and again a very early start for the team. This was held at the Gaumont Cinema, located in the Disneyland Village. This event was called “ChoreoMagic Challenge” and included solos, duets & group routines. The first category of the day was the over-14s solo where Stevie-Leigh Shannon started the day off with a routine to “He Lives In You” from the Lion King, then was closely followed by Rachael Ritchie dancing to “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan. The next category of the day was the under-14s duet, Elinor Brown and Katrina Lawson danced a routine to “He’s A Pirate” from Pirates Of The Caribbean, they were followed by Jessica Edgar & Maisie Cameron who danced to “The Great Divide” from Tinkerbell. The next act was danced by Bethan Glennie & Elly May Nilssen to “I’ve Got A Dream” from Tangled. Elly May & Bethan were over the moon to discover that they had won the award for Musical Interpretation in their section. The final act in this category was danced by Ailsa Henry and Olivia Pole to “The Games” from Brave. The next category was the over-14s group routines where Stevie-Leigh Shannon, Rachael Ritchie, Stephanie Barnett, Megan Mckenzie, Niamh Mckenzie, Katrina Lawson and Elinor Brown danced to “Colours Of The Wind” from Pocahontas. A beautiful routine which saw them win the award for Musical Interpretation for their age group. The next category was the under-14s solo where Keryn Glennie danced a routine to “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from the Lion King. Next we saw Megan Mckenzie and Niamh Mckenzie dance a routine to “Rollercoaster Ride” from Lilo & stitch in the over-14s duet category. Lastly but by no means least the final category of the day was the under-14s group where Keryn Glennie, Karen Thomson, Elly May Nilssen, Bethan Glennie, Ailsa Henry, Olivia Pole and Sophie Duncan danced a routine to “Once Jump Ahead” from Aladdin. A lively routine which saw them win the award for Overall Impression in their age group. In the same category Maisie Cameron, Hannah Cameron, Jessica Brown, Isla Macgregor, Rachel Johnston, Edith Martin, Georgia Edgar and Jessica Edgar danced a lovely routine to “Kiss The Girl” from the Little Mermaid which saw them win the award for Costume Characterisation in this Category. The whole team including teachers, family and friends were ecstatic with these amazing results.
To finish off the day the girls had also auditioned to take part in the Disney Pre-Parade along the main street. Their Audition went so well that they were selected to lead the parade through the crowds who had been gathering from one hour ahead to see them take part in this amazing event. It was an absolute pleasure and honour for all to be part of such a fantastic event and a weekend everyone will remember.
The Lindsay School of Dancing would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with fundraising and supporting the events over the past 12 months, and a special thank you to Debra Henry for organising the events and trip and keeping everyone on track. None of this would have been possible without the dedication & commitment from the dancers and their teacher Eileen Lindsay and her daughter Arleine Lindsay. It was a lot of work but worth every second to see the dance school achieve so much.