FitzPatrick School Winter 2018

The FitzPatrick School of Highland Dance has had a busy start to the new season.

Four of our young dancers, with one making her performance debut, took to the stage at Kilmaurs Gala day in August with some traditional dances. The dance school had a fundraising stall with a variety of activities for all ages. To ensure every dancer has the opportunity to perform in the local community and sit their BATD exams, dancers are given the opportunity to borrow outfits without the expense of buying their own. We are raising funds to support the upkeep and replenishment of the dance school’s hire case and shoe bag so a big thank you to everyone who supported us!

In September, the dance school competed in the 8th Annual Chloe Hume Foundation Talent Show. The junior team, comprising of five dancers between 7 and 9 years old, performed “Ally’s Tartan Army” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Scotland qualifying for the World Cup. The dance was a crowd pleaser and I’m sure took many a trip down memory lane! For three of the five girls, this was their first opportunity to perform in a group choreography as Highland is traditionally solo dances.
The senior team, ranging from 12 – 19 years performed “Hot Honey Rag” from the musical Chicago. Two of the girls performed in the senior section for the first time after performing in the junior team for many years and it was the last talent show for another. Although the girls did not place this year they thoroughly enjoyed performing on stage and are looking forward to next year’s show.

The dance school have recently invested in two double-sided portable mirrors for use in class. The school has been raising funds through performances and raffles over the years but thanks to a generous donation from The Chloe Hume Foundation in June 2017 they have finally been able to purchase them. The Chloe Hume Foundation is close to the dance school’s heart and they are proud to have participated in every talent show and Christmas extravaganza to date. The mirrors will serve an important role in helping to improve both technique and body alignment within the dancers to reduce the risk of injury. Even after just a few classes with the mirrors, it has been noted by the teachers that technique has improved.

In October, Helen and Rachel travelled to the International Highland Dancing Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they met up with overseas dancing friends. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and have several new teaching methods to try in class. Rachel also competed in the Diamond Rush Championship, a special championship held at the beginning of the conference. It has been a goal for Rachel for over 14 years to compete in South Africa and was made more special as it was her return to competitive dancing after a break of a year due to illness.

If you are interested in joining the FitzPatrick School of Highland Dance then please get in touch with Helen on 07968 804620 or find us on Facebook.