The ninth annual Mount Waddington Highland Dance Association’s Fall Competition was held Oct. 14 at the Port Hardy Civic Centre and it was a very well attended event, thanks to the volunteers, parents, and the many generous individuals and businesses that continue to show their support year after year to the Team Charlton dancers.
During intermission, the audience was treated to a traditional First Nations welcome dance which was performed with drummers, singers and Highland dancers wearing regalia.
58 dancers competed in the morning and afternoon sessions with Team Charlton bringing home four of the aggregate trophies for their respective age group and categories.
The doors to the event opened at 8:30 a.m. with competition officially starting for the beginner dancers at 9:30 a.m.
After that, the competition continued well into the afternoon for the intermediate/advanced dancers.
Concession goodies were available all day, as well as tickets for some great raffle prizes.
Dance winners are as follows:
Port Hardy’s Jacob Tolmie took first place in the PdB & HC;
Port Hardy’s Natalee Hunt took first place in the Sword, Seann Triubhas, Lilt, and Flora;
Port Hardy’s Mayumi Hinatsu-Willie took first place in the Fling, Sword, Seann Triubhas, Lilt, and Flora;
Port McNeill’s Paisley Barolet took first place in the Fling;
Port Hardy’s Emma Harrison took first place in the Fling and the Lilt;
Port Hardy’s Madison Grenier took first place in the Sword and Seann Triubhas;
Port Hardy’s Jersey Cheetham took first place in the Fling; and
Port Hardy’s Abigail McCorquodale took first place in the Fling, Sword, Lilt, and Jig.
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– Gazette staff