I arrived home yesterday from a whirlwind week that I can only describe as one of, if not the most, amazing week of #highlanddancing in my life.
From the second we landed in #Calgary the atmosphere was telling us that the week ahead was going to be nothing short of amazing.
The registration of a 1000 competitors brought dancers, professionals and guests together to prepare the necessary administration for the days ahead, accompanied by #linedancers, whip cracking #cowboys and that Albertan twang reminding us what part of the world we were in.
A parade of dancers through the streets, a pin exchange for dancers to meet each other more intimately and find out where in the world we had all come from and a sensational #choreography event led us into the opening ceremony. The local talent performed a beautifully choreographed piece, #dancers, #teachers and #judges pledged an oath to compete with true #sportsmanship, loved ones no longer here were remembered and the event was officially opened.
Then days and days of remarkable #Highland and #Scottish National #Dancing in an incredible venue. The very best in the world, competed with grit, determination and a sense of fairness that has left me mind blown. The banquet celebrating the reps was a truly special evening and throughout the days, the comradery, mutual respect and common goal to #elevatetoexcellence created without a doubt the most #spectacular sporting arena I have ever had the privilege of standing in.
This truly for me is the greatest Highland Dancing event in the world and there is no price that could stop me putting this onto my must do list in the future. If I could give any advice to Highland Dancers, the world over is to at least once in your life, make this trip!!! If it takes years of saving, years of #hardwork, years of #perseverance, you will not be disappointed!
To each and every person who made this week so wonderful, a deep and personal thank you!!! It has changed my life and I can’t wait to get back to the #ScotDance #Canada #Championship Series!!! You have proven once and for all that Highland Dancing really is #thedancethathasitall