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Selwyn Times: November 07, 2017

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24 Wednesday November 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES On the 21st of November, twenty five highland dancers from the Julie Hawke School of Dance & Lynette Mitchell School of Dance in Dunedin, will travel to France to perform at The International Gathering of Highland Dance at Disneyland Paris. Now in its seventh year, The International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance has grown into a world renowned event, with over 1000 visitors over the four days each year. The dancers will meet up with highland dancers from all around the world to compete in a 4 day competition, showcasing their highland dance skills on the international stage and also joining their fellow dancers in the Special Main Street Parade throughout Disneyland. This fantastic opportunity is being offered to Julie and Lynette’s students as both teachers believe that competing on the world stage will give their dance students an amazing, unforgetable experience and will help develop their dancing even further. The entire tour group including parents, grandparents and the dancers themselves have undertaken several fundraising projects over the last 12 months to raise the required fund to provide each dancer with flights, accommodation, team tracksuits, stage costumes and a named ‘Carry on bag” for each dancer. The group have also secured wonderful sponsorship and from many businesses and would like to thank them immensely for their support. Both teachers, with the help of Lana Donaldson, Nadine Terry & Ruby Wills have really enjoyed the challenge of choreographing many ‘Disney themed’ solo’s, duo’s & group dances,with the added challenge of many rules covering theme of music and time restrictions. The dancers can’t wait to perform ‘Moana’. This dance is a combination of traditional Highland steps and also incorporates traditional Maori dance. This dance will be a superb performance to showcase our NZ heritage brilliantly.

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