RED HOT HIGHLAND
THE SCOTTISH ACT
MASSED PIPES & DRUMS
In 2018 Canadiana Celtic assembled a team of fifty Canadian Highland Dancers representing Canada completely, from the west to the east coast and every province in between. The performance at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland was yet again, a phenomenal experience for all. With the largest CanCelt team to date, we were humbled and honoured to perform four dances each evening in the show.
Starting the show with the Massed Pipes and Drums, organized by Captain (Retired) Stuart Samson MBE, traditional Highland Dance moves and attire added even more colour and enthusiasm to the opening number. Supporting the renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers during their performance in the Tattoo was what came to be called the Mini Chilli dance, designed for crowd appreciation and participation during the band's energetic rock act. The third number in the show titled, The Scottish Act, was a haunting medley of iconic Celtic ballads involving yet again, the Massed Pipes and Drums, with the addition of the Massed Bands, under the musical direction of Christoph Walter. Joined with the Texas Kilgore Rangerettes dancers, CanCelt proudly framed and presented Scotland's St. Andrew's Cross flag.
The main CanCelt dance number was supported by the Celtic rock band, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who were accompanied by The Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), under the direction of, WO1 Barry Young. Appropriately titled, Red Hot Highland, this dance was fiery and fierce from the moment the dancers stormed on stage until the last snap of the foot and head on the final count. The dance was strong and powerful, filling the arena stage from end to end with a variety of shapes and patterns. Noteworthy were three concentric circles turning in alternate directions at the end of the dance, highlighting various elements of the music. The dance was complimented beautifully with costumes designed and created by Veronica MacIsaac.