So… its been a busy couple of months since I last wrote one of these.
Dancing wise I have competed at the Southland Championships, a local competition and the 18 & over New Zealand Championships. These were all great competitions and I feel like I danced my heart out at all of them.
Locally I did pretty well, gaining Runner Up Open for the days events. At the national competition, it was a solid 3 days of dancing with 25 competitors in my category. I was happy with how I danced, so was mum (who is the best support crew ever!) I was over the moon when I got placed in one of the events (much wine and a few tears may have happened). I haven’t ever been placed at a centre championship let alone a NZ one so it has to be the highlight of my dancing career so far!!
On a different note, this weekend I am flying half way across the world to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championship’s – it still doesn’t feel like I’m leaving. This is a trip most of you probably know about as I’ve been going on about it for a while… I am heading over just before the rest of the group to do some sightseeing around Edinburgh and Glasgow, which I am super excited about. When the Group arrives we will be in full contest prep mode, having 2 days of competition and a performance in George Square before the World’s qualifiers on the 17th August (which is live streamed somewhere if anyone is interested). This will be my first ever trip to the UK and to the world championships (only a life long dream… well since I started drumming anyway, haha).
There are 3 New Zealand bands competing, so it will be great to have a few familiar faces around, even if they are the competition…
So that’s pretty much it for the next few weeks, I’ll do my best to keep everyone up to date with my exciting adventure overseas (hopefully posting some cool photos somewhere).
Oh! On another note when I get back into the country I have 2 weeks to prepare for the Heart of the Highlands show at the Civic Theatre – this is run by the New Zealand Highland Dance Company (with a few local dancers in it, including me!) So if you want to pop along and see what crazy things I get up to dance wise its a great opportunity, its going to be an amazing show!