What are the differences between two Celtic dancers and a European thrower at the Bressuire Highland Games?
According to Mary PINET, our special contributor for this post, there are none: they are all in full swing and these two photos by Louis Fradin and Jean-Patrick Jolly just illustrate it.
During the Highland Games weekend, Bressuire Castle was the scene of richly contrasting events. Down in the sporting area, the heavies were throwing their weights around and generally bowling over the spectators with their athletic performances.
Up in the "village" the Celtic Festival was in full swing with pipe bands, a Basque banda and, last but not least, Scottish and Irish dancers.
The Scottish dancers hailed from the Gordon School of Dance in Montrose and regaled us with traditional dances. But they also proved that modern music can be combined successfully with traditional steps. Full marks to Robina, their director, for such daring innovations!
Thanks to her, the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams has taken on a whole new dimension!
On the Irish side, the Games were once again graced with the presence of award-winning dancers from the Glasnevin Scoil Rince Mobhi school of dance under the expert direction of Aedin Ui Mhaoileidigh.
Aedin travels the world (if not the seven seas!) adjudicating at Irish Dance Competitions and is deeply involved with the organization of national and international competitions in Ireland.(Photo: Thierry Turc)
No surprise then that the Scoil Rince Mobhi dancers attain such a high technical standard!
Add to this their energy, dynamism, enthusiasm and gracefulness and you will understand why they are frequently called upon to entertain at official functions in Dublin (photo: Mary Pinet)
As athletic as the Heavies
In Bressuire, all the dancers did us proud and deserve warm congratulations - warm being the operative word as they nimbly danced their way through their routines in soaring temperatures.
Considering these circumstances and their splendid but weighty costumes (photo: Françoise Courtin), they all gave performances as athletic as those of the heavies!
Our thanks to all of them and we hope to see them again in two years' time!
Mary PINET is the president of the French-Irish twinning committee between Leixlip and Bressuire. She is also in charge of the dancers during the Highland Games and a regular contributor to the blog.
Thanks again, Mary!