This well-done documentary showcases many aspects of highland games in Scotland, as well as discussing the history of the games. We (of course) particularly enjoyed the footage of the dancing and it’s also fun to learn about many of the other events that take place at highland games around the world. Did you have any idea that the hammer throwers wear “blade boots,” shoes with what look to be trowels mounted in the front? Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!
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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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It’s early in the morning and all around the highland dance platform, dancers are getting their hair fixed, nervously warming up, and taking in last minute advice from their teachers. Within the larger highland games, we’re often in our own little world.
Nearby, the sound of a hundred bagpipers fills the air, punctuated by cheers from the crowd as men toss logs the size of telephone poles. The scent of meat pies, roast corn, and other tasty treats being prepared for the lunchtime rush wafts across the field. Each year thousands of people enjoy attending highland games in the United States. They come for the food, the cultural celebration, the music, the athletics, as well as the dancing.
Next time your siblings, grandparents, and friends want to tag along to support you, encourage them to come and watch, and then to take part in the children’s athletics, the kilted mile, whiskey tasting, or whatever excites them.
Have you been to a big Highland Games? One with thousands of people and activities from morning to night? Tell us about your favorite part (besides the dancing, of course) in the comments!
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