New for 2017 – We’re Expanding into America!
The International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance expands its horizons to include Florida USA
27th to 29th October 2017 – A Wonderful Fun Finale to end the North American Highland Dance Season of Championships and Competitions.
I am delighted to announce that in the autumn of 2017 Highland Dance schools from the United States, Canada and all around the world will have an amazing opportunity to participate in the inaugural International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance Florida, USA organised by the same team behind our Paris Gathering, including myself, Rhona Lawrence and Disney Specialists Take Us 2 The Magic.
Now in its 7th year, the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance Paris has evolved from its roots as a non competitive choreography opportunity for dancers to perform at a Disney resort and now includes an SOBHD registered competition (The Magics) and The Paris International Highland Gathering Championship.
When the concept of the original Paris event was outlined to the SOBHD to check the members’ thoughts and reaction to promoting this event, it was greeted with unanimous enthusiasm.
I am now very excited about the prospect of the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance Festival going to Walt Disney World in Florida. It will provide a memorable occasion for those who participate and is a chance to further elevate the standing of Scottish Highland Dance Schools to a much wider audience.
Following the amazing success at Disneyland Paris this new event will be a fully inclusive Scottish Highland Dance Festival, designed to give Highland Dancers of all ages and abilities an opportunity, to dance and showcase their dancing skills.
What is the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance Florida?
• A unique opportunity to dance in an inclusive Disney themed Choreomagic Challenge open to everyone.
• The chance to parade through Disney in Florida as part of a Disney Pre-Parade, choreographed by world renowned former Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo choreographer Billy Forsyth MBE.
• Showcase on a Disney stage with the amazing Disney Performing Arts On-Stage performance slots.
• Take part in specially designed workshops from Disney professionals
• Compete in an SOBHD Pre-Premier and Premier Highland & National Dance Competition
• Enjoy a magical time with family and friends in the Disney Parks with the included park entry tickets.
• Stay right in the heart of the magic in Disney themed hotels.
Choreomagic – A Unique Magical Choreography Experience
In our private venue, perform to a panel of esteemed Disney Choreographers, your interpretation of Disney classics old and new using Scottish based dance techniques. Entertain a thrilled audience as you and your friends dance to Disney themed music of your choice with an exciting combination of traditional Scottish styles and modern choreography. This challenge is open to dancers of all ages and abilities including solos, duos and groups.
With Disney themed awards and some Disney magic don’t miss this unique, exciting, fun and entertaining challenge open to everyone.
We are also delighted to announce the addition of an “All School” Group category, allowing all of your dancers, whatever their age or ability, to perform together as one group.
Parade in a Disney® Park
A highlight of the weekend events, all performers aged 10 and over will be invited to apply to take part in the Disney Performing Arts® Pre-Parade before thousands of people along Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom® Park. The routine will be specially prepared by world renowned choreographer and former Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Choreographer Billy Forsyth MBE, bringing you all together for a magical experience. (The Disney Performing Arts Pre-Parade Routine will be provided to you in advance). Please Note: Disney Performing Arts Pre-Parade performance is subject to audition and Disney conditions. The Minimum age for Participation in the Pre-Parade is ten years old. We do reserve the right to withdraw the Pre-Parade at any time without notice.
Showcase your talents on a Disney® Stage
Each year hundreds of amateur groups showcase their talents and experience the thrill of the performance of a lifetime! What could be more exciting than performing on a Disney® stage, in front of an international audience? Disney Performing Arts® Onstage gives the opportunity to groups to do just that! Each group will be offered the chance to audition for a 20-minute performance on stage within the Disney® Parks. Performance location will be at the discretion of Disney Performing Arts On-Stage and is subject to audition.
At present Take Us 2 the Magic Ltd is finalising the packages, prices and operating arrangements for the Festival, however all the basics have already been agreed and confirmed by Disney in Florida. Take us 2 the Magic Ltd is involved in the organisation and operation of many events at Disneyland Paris.
Places will sell quickly and capacity will be limited so I would be grateful if you would please make your Dance School aware of this fantastic opportunity and if you are interested reply via the contact details below with an estimated level of interest as soon as possible.
Event Contact Details
Please send any correspondence to:
Take Us 2 The Magic Ltd
Call: 01144 (0)1709 543074 .
Scottish Highland Dance FLORIDA
Take Us 2 The Magic Ltd
50 Morthen Road