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Canadian dance academy loved Forres Games experience


By Jonathan Clark


WHEN Dunvegan Dance Academy owner Sarah Stubley was organising her Vancouver-based group’s trip around Scotland, the first thing she checked was the date of Forres Highland Games.

The Dunvegan Dance Academy from Vancouver, Canada...Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.
The Dunvegan Dance Academy from Vancouver, Canada...Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.

Having performed there in 2014, Sarah wanted to return with her group of 16 dancers – and everything fell into place.

Her group, named after Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, performed at Grant Park at 3pm.

Four of the members, aged 14-20, were returning, with the rest first time visitors and they all loved the experience.

The Dunvegan Dance Academy from Vancouver, Canada...Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.
The Dunvegan Dance Academy from Vancouver, Canada...Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.

Speaking at the games, Sarah said: “They are all having a good time. They’ve met an owl, watched some dancing and really enjoyed being here.

“Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. I think they are all touched knowing Canadians have come all this way to the games.”

The Dunvegan Dance Academy from Vancouver, Canada...Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.
The Dunvegan Dance Academy from Vancouver, Canada...Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.

In order to pay for their visit, the Dunvegan girls fund-raised by hosting a Burns night, selling raffle tickets and, in typical Canadian fashion, by selling tickets for ice hockey. Their trip will last three weeks and has taken them to Glasgow and Ayrshire.



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