Our very first Winter Highland Weekend was a resounding success! A total of 53 dancers and their families travelled from PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to take part in our workshop weekend and learn from our 4 fantastic guest instructors. Dancers had 2 full days of classes in highland technique, ballet for highland and musical theatre with Janice Macquarrie, Chantal Watt, Ellen Cameron and Eleanor Belton. On Saturday night, the College hosted a pizza party/ceilidh where the dancers could unwind from their busy day, relax and have fun. Dancers played "Highland Bingo", learned some social Scottish country dance sets, and had a "dance challenge" to our ceilidh band. One of the highlights of the weekend was the dancers' performances of Eleanor Belton's "Hairspray" and "Mary Poppins" musical theatre routines for the parents; the smiles couldn't have been bigger (check out the College of Piping's Facebook page for clips of these routines)! A big thank you goes out to the College of Piping parents who volunteered at this event, making lunches for the dancers, helping show our attendees around, setting up for our ceilidh and helping to clean up. We have received many comments about how much everyone enjoyed the event, and without our volunteers it would not have been such a huge success! We look forward to welcoming everyone back to The College for the 2nd Annual Winter Highland Weekend!
L to R: Eleanor Belton, Janice Macquarrie, Marielle Lesperance, Chantal Watt and Ellen Cameron