The Piedmont Highland Dance annual ceilidh on May 6th was well attended and a great success! Many thanks to all who attended and performed and to those who helped set up and clean up.
PHD dancers performed many selections from the standard Highland repertoire, such as the Sword dance, Seann Triubhas and the Strathspey and Reel. Dances such as the Lilt and Flora from the Nationals repertoire were also performed. Audience members were asked to join in any of the dances they knew, so the floor was packed for the Fling as well as many other dances. Our thanks to Ethan Freifeld who fiddled a perfect Irish Washerwoman for the Highland Jig dancers.
Pipers and drummers were well represented and great crowd pleasers! The Piedmont Highlanders Pipe Band, and Eric Leiken (PM) with John (side drummer) of Dunvegan Pipe Band performed band sets, solos and played for dancers. Pipes and drums add so much to the ceilidh!
The New World Dancers entertained us with their lovely country dance sets, and their ladies step dance group performed some dazzling high-energy choreographed pieces. Wow!
Many other performers shared their talent with us such as Elizabeth Davis dancing an awe-inspiring Irish slip-jig, Kirsty Fitch singing beautiful traditional Scottish music and Lynne Miller piping lovely slow airs.
In between all of this, we managed to bring audience and performers together for several ceilidh and country dances taught by Elheran Francis.
What a great evening! It just wouldn’t be a PHD ceilidh without each and every one of you!