Barra dancers at perform at Disneyland


Well done to all the Barra dancers who performed at the very exciting Disneyland Paris International Festival of Highland Dancing.

The dancers from the Jane Douglas School of Dance performed a fantastic thirty minute show to 3000 people on Disney’s Videopolis stage. On Saturday Hazel MacDonald and Kristie Boyd represented the school to dance in the opening ceremony, and 20 of Jane’s dancers aged 5 and up performed a 10 minute showcase. For the culmination on Sunday, the dancers danced in the spectacular Disney Pre Parade through the park.

Organiser Billy Forsythe MBE congratulated all the dancers taking part and said,” For those who had travelled furthest, be it in time (that was definitely from the Western Isles) or in distance ( that might have been from Alberta/Saskatchewan) I can only say well done for putting on a show that was incredibly polished and professional and would have been a WOW in any location around the world. And the sight of that Pre-Parade was simply stupendous. The whole of Disneyland’s Main Street, USA, was a tartan carpet constantly moving and changing - and the lines of the dancers were wonderful, straight as a die down the full length of the street. The Disney Artistic Director, who is responsible for all the shows and Parades at Disneyland, and her colleague, who is responsible for all the Cultural Development programme were Mega-Impressed by the Pre-Parade and said it was the best rehearsed and performed Pre-Parade they had ever had, and it had drawn more visitors to the Pre-Parade than any other they had put on. Well done Everyone ! “

The dancers and families also got enjoy a very busy time in the parks and after a tour of Paris returned home happy but exhausted!

BBC Alba’s De a Nis followed the dancers through rehearsals, excitement and preparation back stage and on the park rides, The programme will be shown on their Christmas special on 23rd December at 18:00.

Janice Anne from Radio nan Gaidheal’s Aileag also accompanied the dancers and captured an hour long programme which will be broadcast on the 16th of December at 4pm, which will be repeated on the 17th. You can also listen again for a week after the broadcast date.