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Choeographed and performed by the Jo Kalat School of Scottish Dance in Cary, NC

Rhythm of the Dancer was originally put together over ten years ago by senior premier dancers at Jo Kalat’s studio. It was my senior year of high school and I remember spending hours at home coming up with a small section to present to my friends at our weekly choreography class. We debated each and every detail, creating a finished piece we were all proud to be a part of. Each of the original dancers contributed parts, overseen by our dance teacher. Several of the moms collaborated to sew the beautiful costumes and it was debuted at the Loch Norman Highland Games in the spring of 2000. After all our hard work, we won the group choreography competition!

Years later, this version was featured in the concert ‘Rhythms of Scotland,’ performed in North Carolina. The group of dancers includes several of the original cast with a number of talented younger dancers taking over the places of those who have moved away to college, careers, and teaching. Looking back over ten years later, more than half of the original group is still actively involved in the highland dance community as dancers and teachers, me included. We’re now spread across at least 7 states in the Southeastern, Eastern, and Northwestern regions and Scotland.

It was my favorite choreography as a dancer and is still one of my favorites to watch. I hope you enjoy it too!

~Carolyn Buractaon

 

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