Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Nelson Highland Dancers Invited to Dance with the Best

Nelson Highland Dancers Invited to Dance with the Best

The bright lights of the stage beckon for a trio of the Nelson regions top highland dancing talent. Three local dancers have been invited to join the New Zealand Highland Dance Company for their Blenheim performance of Journey of the Celts.

Holly Webster (15), Nicole Jones (14) and Tiffany Gilchrist (14) have been regularly travelling to Blenheim for rehearsals over past few weeks and are heading into two full days of intensive preparations prior to the performance hitting the stage on Thursday evening. (29 Aug)

In the vein of Riverdance, Journey of the Celts is the story in dance of the Scots migration to Aotearoa and the preservation and growth of their cultural heritage. The Nelson dancers will be performing with 30 of New Zealand’s elite highland dance talent including past and present New Zealand Champions, complemented by world class piping.

The New Zealand Highland Dance Company has performed in the United States and in China as well as a number of events in this country, including the Rugby World Cup celebrations prior to the England Scotland rugby match.

Holly, Nicole and Tiffany come from Nelson’s only Highland Dancing studio, Helen’s Highland Dancers. Studio Director Helen Gilchrist says to perform together with members of the New Zealand Highland Dancing Company is an incredible opportunity for the highly talented local dancers.

She says Highland Dancing is a traditional form of dance, but has become more popular in recent years as opportunities arise for more contemporary performances with modern music, creative costumes and clever sets and lighting.

Helen Gilchrist is very proud to have students dancing at this level. “Highland is a highly technical form of dancing requiring not only demanding physical fitness, stamina and endurance, but also the ability to perform precise and specifically timed movements.”

Journey of the Celts opens on Thursday at The Marlborough Centre in Blenheim before touring to Christchurch.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.
More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland