Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2018

A night of Highland dance and music

Posted on October 19, 2017

Emma Barrett (left), Abby McKenna, Megan Smith, Jaelyn Rovers, Anna Silver and Allison Gilfoy are members of the Grant School of Highland Dance who garnered a small group choreography bronze in the 2017 ScotDance Canada Championship Series. They will deliver their award-winning dance, one choreographed by teacher Shelley Rovers, to Oceanside Again, a song by Dave Carroll of Sons of Maxwell, during an upcoming performance. A Night of Highland Dance and Music with Friends will take centre stage Sunday, Oct. 22, starting at 6 p.m., in the St. F.X. Chapel Auditorium. Contributed

The Grant School of Highland Dance will host a fundraiser this weekend.

    A Night of Highland Dance and Music with Friends will take centre stage Sunday, Oct. 22, starting at 6 p.m., in the St. F.X. Chapel Auditorium.

    The list of performers includes Dave Carroll of the Maritime Celtic music duo Sons of Maxwell, Grant Highland Dancers’ travel group and Antigonish Creative Dance Association (ACDA) members.

    The Grant travel group, under the direction of veteran instructor Shelley Rovers, includes dancers  Emma Barrett, Karly Boyle, Allison Gilfoy, Reanne Jean, Adelaide MacDonald, Carmen MacMaster, Abby McKenna, Katie McKenna, Julia Murray, Ainslee Pictou, Jaelyn Rovers, Anna Silver and Megan Smith.

    Ranging in age from nine to 13 years old, the group includes intermediate and premier registered dancers with ScotDance Nova Scotia.

    The premier performers have competed at the Nova Scotia Championships, with three earning recognition as representatives on Team Nova Scotia, including two provincial champions. 

    Two dancers were members of the former Scotia Highland Dance troupe, while all travel group members have extensive choreography experience, including a recent bronze medal at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in the small group age 13-and-under competition.

    The troupe also won silver at the 2016 Atlantic Canadian Choreography Championship.

    On Sunday, as Carroll sings his song – Oceanside Again – six travel group dancers will perform a piece choreographed by Rovers, one that garnered the aforementioned third-place finish nationally.

    The dancers have performed at various concerts and events throughout the Highland region of Nova Scotia and will be expanding their performance opportunities and travels with a trip in 2018 to perform on the Disney World international stage to represent the Maritime region. 

    Younger Grant school dancers, along with ACDA members, will also take the stage.

    Advance concert tickets are $10 each and $5 for children 12 and under. At the door, they will be $15 and $7, respectively.

    Tickets can be purchased from any Grant dancer parent, or by emailing [email protected]



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