Dance group cleans up at national competition

The Highland dancers who represented the province at the South African Highland Dancing Championships show off the trophies and medals they won. With them is their coach, former SA Highland dance champion Hayley Johnston.

Highland dancers from Celtic Dance Tapestry, a Highland and Irish dancing studio based in Bergvliet, won more than 60 medals at a national competition.

The South African Highland Dancing Championships attract dancers from across the country and internationally as well.

Celtic Dance Tapestry sent 11 of its dancers, trained by former SA champion Hayley Johnston, to represent the province at the championships last month in Johannesburg.

The team brought home seven section wins, seven runners-up section titles and 63 medals and won both the junior and senior group choreography dance categories.

For the second-highest points score by any studio, the team walked away with the Rose Bowl Trophy, and through an inter-provincial partnership with the Eastern Cape, it shared the winning of the Alfie Dunn Trophy as the “coastal provincial team”.

Ms Johnston thanked the team’s sponsors, saying: “Their generous donations provided the cherry on top for the girls, as they donned custom-designed track tops, and enjoyed a weekend where hard work was rewarded, friendships were established and strengthened, and memories of a lifetime were made.”

According to the Official Board of Highland Dancing (South Africa), the dance form has been evident in the country as far back as the 1930s, with the first recorded South African championships being held in 1932.

The Celtic Dance Tapestry dancers will be performing their two winning choreography dances at the Celtic in Cape Town Festival, presented by Wynberg Boys’ High School pipe band, this Saturday, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Tickets are R50 and available through Quicket.