Kimberley Highland Dancers showcase their talents at the Spring Fling Dance

Some of the many dancers of the Hali Duncan and Leila Cooper Schools of Highland Dance (Robin Betker File)

Some of the many dancers of the Hali Duncan and Leila Cooper Schools of Highland Dance (Robin Betker File)

This past Thursday, May 25 the students of Hali Duncan and Leila Cooper Schools of Highland dance had the opportunity to showcase what they have been learning throughout the year, at the Spring Fling dance at McKim Middle School.

Media Representative, Robin Betker said, “it was a fun evening filled with dancing, piping and treats at intermission.”

“Some of the girls were ‘jigging’ while the young ones did a great rendition of the hopscotch polka,” said Betker. “It is always a treat to watch the primaries display the coordination it takes to do a ‘pas de basque’.”

A pas de basque is a classical dance term dating all the way back to the 1800’s. It involves swinging one for to the side, springing on to it, and swinging the other foot against it.

“A couple of the older groups performed dances that were choreographed by some of the senior students,” explained Betker. “The Spring Fling is a fun, relaxing event to show off excellent dancers without the stress of competing. Everyone did a great job and a big thank you to the Kimberley Pipe Band for rounding out the evening.”

The Kimberley Pipe Band provided music for the evening, and many of the dancers are currently preparing choreography for the Pipe Band’s 90th Anniversary Tattoo on Saturday, July 15.

 

Some of the primary dancers performing the Pas de Basque (Robin Betker File)

Some of the primary dancers performing the Pas de Basque (Robin Betker File)

Some of the members from the Kimberley Pipe Band (Robin Betker File)

Some of the members from the Kimberley Pipe Band (Robin Betker File)