Easdale Island Community Hall
Dance Group 'DANNSA' - performance & ceilidh

Dance Group 'DANNSA' - performance & ceilidh

Date of Event: Sat 22 May 2004
Event Type: Concert
Time: 8pm
Ticket Pricing: £ (accompanied under 12s free )
From an article first published in Easdale People magazine, Issue No 20, Autumn 2004.

The Hall opened its doors yet again on Saturday 22nd May when we had a visit from Scottish Dance Group Dannsa as part of Turas Nan Innse Gall (The Hebridean Tour) entitled Crossing The Minch.

The enthusiastic, heartfelt response from previous years of performing in many small, vibrant Highland communities had inspired Dannsa to embark on their third tour. They took in mainly the islands on the West coast and the Hall was lucky enough to secure a date.

Dannsa are a Highland based group of talented step-dancers - Mats Melin, Frank McConnell, Caroline Reagh and Sandra Robertson. They performed their own unique arrangements and Frank's brand new quadrilles added excitement to a programme which included old Scottish reels, an original Waulking song piece, a Sword dance with an edge and more.

It was particularly appreciated that they interspersed these performance dances with ones that we could do. They gave help where needed and there was plenty of opportunity for everyone to join in.

They brought a band of talented players with them - Fin Moore on pipes, Gabe McVarish on fidle, Liz Maclean gaelic song and a surprise late addition, Karen Stevens on fidle.

We enjoyed all aspects of the night and the group have promised to come back next year with a programme of workshops. I have recently had a card from them thanking us for the hospitality and for a great night.

Geoff Heslop
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