Covid-19 may have ended New Plymouth’s plans to host the New Zealand Highland Dance Championships this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped young dancers from showing off their skills.
Instead, about 40 members of the Morgan B. School of Dance gathered on Saturday near the Wind Wand to put on a lunchtime show of their best routines.
And while at one point the authentically Scottish weather brought rain that threatened to end the show prematurely, the members kept their cool and were rewarded with bright sunshine, which allowed them to continue.
Show organizer and dance teacher Morgan Bamford said the championships were held every two years, but the covid meant the last was in 2018.
The event reportedly drew dancers from across the country.
Saturday’s exhibition allowed its dancers to dress up and perform in front of an audience.
“It was just like Scotland with the weather,” she added, describing the rain and cold wind that gave way to bright sunshine. “It’s like that at the Highland Games.
The Highland Dancing Association of Taranaki hopes to host the national competition next year.