Claire dances at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 2015

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Claire Wilson, from the Claire Wilson School of Dance, was recently selected to take part in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 2015.

The tattoo, is a not-for-profit charity that presents a world-class international, cultural event that stimulates Canadian patriotism, educates youth, recognises the country’s debt to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

It aims to strengthen links between international countries, this year following the theme of reconciliation, making bonds with Germany with performers such as the German Bicycle Team and Rhönradturnen (German Wheel Gymnastics) present.

Island teacher Claire was one of two dancers selected from Scotland to take part in this event, being one of the four international dancers, with dancers joining her from New Zealand, USA and from across Canada.

Having previously performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military International Tattoo in previous years, Claire was accustomed to the rigorous rehearsal schedule set out from the 19th June and the expectation of professionalism and military precision.

The unique and varied talent of hundreds of Canadian and international military and civilian performers, such as Paris Police Gymnastic and Motorcycle Team, His Majesty the King’s Guard Band and Drill Team, Royal Army of Oman Pipes & Drums and Home Guard Band of Eslöv, Sweden, made the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo the world’s largest annual indoor show.

The Nova Scotia Tattoo was first held in 1979 to mark the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to Nova Scotia for the International Gathering of the Clans. It has been held every year since and was granted Royal Status by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 on the occasion of her 80th Birthday.

Claire performed with music from the tattoo Mass Pipes and Drums and was joined by the Nova Scotia Irish Dancers.

The routine used intricate floor formations, combined Highland and Irish steps, involved a dance off between the Highland and Irish dancers and ended in a ‘Riverdance’ traditional style ending all in a line carrying out a series of Irish steps and double leaps in canon.

Claire thoroughly enjoyed her time in Nova Scotia and enjoyed performing with the girls who she met.

She said: “It was great to dance with forty odd other competitive dancers - Highland and Irish who performed because they loved dancing.

“There was no competition, no negativity, no judgement and it was rewarding to be involved in such a positive environment where we encouraged and praised each other, even though we were all from different dance schools.

“This is something I install in all my dancers here on the island. We all performed well because we bonded as such a team and wanted the performance to be of a high standard for each other.

“The dedication we put in shone through in our performance and I’d like to thank Jasmin and Alexandra for leading the group with such positivity and professionalism.”

Pictured - Claire thoroughly enjoyed her time in Nova Scotia and enjoyed performing with the girls she met.