Lewis Dancing Society in Paris

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Congratulations to the Lewis Dancing Society who put on excellent performances at Disneyland Paris for the first International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance.

It was a busy and exciting few days for the Dancing Society who travelled to Paris to perform.

The week kicked off with Megan Crawford and Claire Wilson who took part in the Opening Ceremony.

The two girls danced with representatives from each of the 24 schools from across Scotland who were in attendance.

After the successful start the dancers took part in a special workshop led by Disney professionals. This was followed by dancing the night away at a ceilidh with Donald Duck in attendance. An experience that will surely be remembered for a long time.

The next day saw the dancers take part in Disney’s Main Street Parade, which consisted of 350-400 highland dancers.

This attracted great interest and lead to the Disney Artistic Director, who is responsible for all the shows and parades at Disneyland, and her colleague, who is responsible for all Cultural Development programmes, to comment: “It was one of the best rehearsed and performed pre-parade we have ever had, and drew more visitors to the pre-parade than any other we have put on.”

Even after all the hard work and great performances put in by the girls of the Lewis Dancing Society they still had time to enjoy the park spending time meeting an array of Disney characters and going on every ride possible.

The fund raising that made the trip possible was a huge community effort.

From April to November £11,292.73 was raised for the trip through a range of fund raising ventures including bingo nights and raffles.

A huge congratulations to all those involved, from the choreography, consumes, music and of course to the dancers themselves.