Scotland is calling for five highland dancers from Marlborough to take part in the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in July.
The five teenagers: Rebecca Healy, 15, Kelsey Smith, 16, Grace Owen, 15, Georgia Marshall, 16, and Morgan Vile, 16, were chosen to be among 36 dancers from New Zealand to attend the month-long event.
While in the historic city they will perform with highland dancers from around the world nearly every day for 23 days.
"It's pretty full on. We'll be dancing every night except Sundays but we'll be doing two shows on Saturdays," Morgan says.
She and the other Marlborough dancers were chosen after each submitted a video of them dancing as well as character references and results from contests they have taken part in.
Being selected is a dream come true for them, and they have been working hard to raise the $6000 they each need to go.
"We have had such great support that we are just about there now. We are really grateful to everyone who has supported us," Morgan says.
Adding to the excitement of the trip is that the girls won't be travelling with their parents, but they will be joining them in the last few days of the event to watch them dance.
Some will then head off for a week or two of travel in Europe and England.
"We are missing about a month of school but they have been very supportive. We'll also have set school work hours each day while we are in Scotland to keep up with our work," Rebecca says.
They fly out on July 27 so have some time before the tattoo begins on August 1 to rehearse with the other dancers. They'll also have two rehearsal workshops in Auckland before leaving to make sure they know the dances.
- The Marlborough Express