Celtic dancers are essential to make Highland Games successful! And Mary PINET, the president of the Irish-French twinning Committee, is really convinced about it. Just read what she posted after the IHGF Worlds, two years ago.
Amazing graceNo doubt about it - during the World Championship Highland Games weekend in Bressuire, there was something for everyone.Feats worthy of Hercules with the heavies flexing their muscles and gathering their strength in an almighty effort to hurl the hammer as far as possible and catapult the caber into that much sought-after twelve o'clock position.
All awesomely strongman stuff.
But visitors with more aesthetic leanings had only to cross over into the village and let themselves be bewitched by the grace, charm and artistry of the Scottish and Irish dancers.
The young Scottish girls from the Gordon School of Dancing in Montrose daintily hopped, skipped and jumped across the stage.
Their tartan kilts were whirling and swirling as they skillfully carried out traditional steps and masterfully executed the intricate sword dance.
The Irish dancers from Scoil Rince Mobhi in Glasnevin, near Dublin, alternated between delicate soft shoe numbers and stirring tap dance routines.
Their magnificent Celtic-inspired costumes and their incredible accelerations were enough to give you goose pimples!
Both groups of dancers were greatly appreciated by spectators whether at Bocapole where they provided the support act for the Friday night Soldat Louis concert, at the covered market where Saturday morning shoppers had a pleasant surprise or at the castle where they performed before thousands of visitors.
A big thank you to all of them for making such an impressive contribution to the weekend.
They truly gave the event another dimension.
Photos: Patrick BALLARGEAU
Bonus: One more photo by Franck POUHET, PF Productions
The Gordon School of Dancing in front of the old castle