Highland Dancing

Amanda has been a highland dancer since the age of three. She is an accomplished dancer who has competed successfully in competitions in both England and Scotland and has been placed in the top six in England. She is a qualified highland dancing teacher; her teaching has included teaching an actor to perform the Sword Dance in the second series of the ITV television show "William and Mary".

A Typical Performance

A typical dancing performance might include both highland dances such as the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance, along with national dances such as the Scottish Lilt or the Irish Jig. The range of solo dances allows for variety of performance from a single dancer, and Amanda has much experience of tailoring her performance to suit both the audience and the space available. For a bigger performance, up to four dancers can be engaged to provide a display.

The Style of a Highland Dancer

There are 4 main costumes worn by highland dancers and Amanda will use one or more costumes during a performance, appropriate to the dances being performed and the space available. The normal costume is the Highland outfit, consisting of a kilt and jacket. The second costume is the Aboyne outfit, consisting of a tartan skirt, waistcoat and sash, while there are separate costumes for the Sailor's Hornpipe and Irish Jig.

Performing

Amanda has many years of experience performing all over the world, including Scotland, the Channel Islands, France, Slovenia, Oslo and Poland, as well as countless performances in and around the London area, where Amanda is based. Recent appearances have included performances on BBC and ITV television, functions at the Caledonian Club and top London Hotels including the Grosvenor House and the Savoy Hotel. Amanda has also danced in front of the Queen on several occasions.

Both Neil and Amanda have the experience to provide a truly professional performance for any function, however large or prestigious. They are also equally at home performing for small family functions, and anything in between.

Highland Dancing & Piping

Amanda often joins forces with her husband, a Scottish Piper, for performances and special occasions. Providing the best in Scottish displays, the husband and wife team can also bring their expertise together to organise full Scottish Displays including highland dancers, ceilidh dancing, other Scottish musicians and even a full pipe band if required.

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