Highland dancers busking for championship

Lauren Beare and Shannon Vesey dance at the town basin.
DANICA MACLEAN/FAIRFAX NZ

Lauren Beare and Shannon Vesey dance at the town basin.

Whangarei's highland dancers are taking their performances to the streets as part of their club's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Dancers from Whangarei Highland and National Dancing Association put on a show at the Town Basin on March 18, and will do it again on April 2.

The distinctive music attracted locals and tourists who stopped to watch the dancers. The dancers took turns performing individually before dancing in pairs and a large group.

The association was formed in February 1967, and to commemorate the occasion they are holding a championship event for premier dancers who were born in, or currently reside in Northland.

They are also holding an open competition for other highland dancers.

As well as raising awareness of their association, the dancers were raising money for the championship events, which are being held at the Whangarei Pipe Band Hall in Morningside on April 22 from 10.30am.

Three judges from Brisbane, New Plymouth and Feilding are coming to judge the championship event.

The association would love to hear from anyone who has been involved with them over their 50 year history, and invite them to come down and watch some of the dancing.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can email whangareihighland@gmail.com or contact Mark Forshaw on 0212711494.

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