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video by Ali

These lovely dancers were competing in Primary, the category for young dancers less than 7 years old, at the 2009 Seaside Highland Games almost 2 years ago in Ventura, CA. We managed to catch up with one of the girls recently who by now is competing in intermediate and asked her to tell us some of her favorite things about highland dancing:

“My favorite things about highland dancing are seeing my friends and traveling. I have made new friends all over the United States, in Canada, and even in Scotland! I met many of my friends when I was in Primary, even some at my very first competition! We are still friends three years later! We get to see each other at competitions even though we don’t go to the same dancing school. We cheer for each other and have fun hanging out. Some of my friends who live far away are mostly penpals, but I get to see them when we travel, which I love! We have traveled too many places to count! I love highland dancing! If you are looking for a fun activity to do where you can make lots of new friends, I recommend highland dancing!” — by Beret, age 8

 

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video by Christine Newton, danced by Kaitlin Krebs (Irish) and Simone Gringas (Scottish) at the 2009 Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

What’s that you do? Riverdance? Many of you might’ve been asked that question at one time or another and tried to explain your art form and what makes it unique. Or you may just be curious yourself about highland dancing’s trendy cousin, Irish dancing. See for yourself the differences in this entertaining video that playfully pits the Irish version against the Scottish version of the Jig. Let us know what you love about highland dance in the comments, or if you’ve done Irish dance too, your favorite aspects of each.

 

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