Two local highland dancers, Rachel Bramley, 13, and Jillian Peacock, 16, of the Brigadoon Dance Academy, have travelled to Scotland with their dance teacher, Diena Henry.
They will compete at the World Highland Dance Championships at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland this Friday.
Both dancers last competed on this world stage in August 2009, where Bramley won her first Cowal medal. Both are thrilled to return.
To prepare for their trip to Scotland, both dancers have spent hours this summer in the dance studio with Henry, perfecting their 2011 highland championship steps.
Bramley, who was B.C. Fifth Runner-Up at Provinicals in May, has performed all summer long, with other Brigadoon Dance Academy dancers, for tourists and locals at the Nanaimo Bastion with piper Bill Poppy, before the firing of the cannon. She has also competed every weekend but one this summer, including travel to four highland dance competitions in the U.S., where she won numerous medals and several trophies.
Peacock, who was B.C. Second Runner-Up at Provincials in May, proudly represented B.C. at the Canadian Interprovincial Championships in Antigonish, N. S., in July, where she won two sixth places in the Highland Fling and Seann Triubhas. This earned her a seventh overall placing in Canada in her age group. Peacock has enjoyed a stellar competitive year, winning many trophies and two championships.
For more information, visit www.brigadooonacademy.com or contact Diena or Charles at 250-756-3661.
— Brigadoon Dance Academy