Southland girls chosen for top team

LAUREN HAYES AND NICOLE SHARP
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013

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Two Southlanders have been chosen to dance at one of the world's biggest military tattoos.

Highland dancers Hannah Copeland and Eve Levett, both 15, have been selected for the New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing Team, which will perform at the Virginia International Tattoo in April.

The Virginia tattoo involves more than 900 people from around the world and is thought to be the largest tattoo in the United States.

It features marching bands, massed pipe and drum bands, highland dancers and more.

The two Southland girls will be among about 30 dancers on the New Zealand team. Hannah, who has been highland dancing since she was 6, said she was shocked and excited on finding out she had been accepted for the team.

Eve, a St Peter's College student, has been dancing for 10 years and is a part of the Sandra Glover school of dance.

She has also taken up playing the bagpipes this year to add to her knowledge of her Scottish heritage. "It [the international tattoo] is such an amazing opportunity, it's going to be such a cool experience," she said.

The team will perform four times during the tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia, spending a few days in California before returning home in May.

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