7. Highland Dancers

The 79th Highlanders Pipe Band is now starting a new class for Highland Dancing, held during our weekly Sunday afternoon pipe band practice, at the Kiowa Masonic Lodge.

Shari Gillette is teaching brand-new beginners (both children and adults), and coordinating Highland Dancing now for the 79th Highlanders.  If you have questions, you're welcome to call Shari at 303-332-8160.

The Highland Fling, performed at the 2015 Taste of Colorado,
held Labor Day Weekend at Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver.

For several years, the 79th Highlanders Pipe Band has had the great benefit of an association with dancer and dance-teacher Jan Holland, from Parker, and her students.  In 2015, Jan decided to step back from teaching.  We wish her well and thank her and her students for many great performances.

Congratulations to "79th Dancers"
for their participation in the
2015 United States Inter Regional Championships in Atlanta

July 24, 25 and 26, 2015

Jan Holland with her dancers--Reanna Medina (left), daughter Shannon Holland (center) and Kirsten Yinger (right).
(Also attending to provide moral support, was Reanna's older sister
(and Highland dancer), Alyssa Medina, now headed to college.)

In 2011, the Highland Dancers combined with the 79th Highlanders to help promote the Elizabeth Celtic Festival (our hometown Highland Games).  Below is a photo page from the Festival website showing one of the events where the 79th had great Highland Dance support.

From the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dance--the main international organization which certifies teachers and promotes Highland Dancing)...This is from their March 2015 Newsletter (In the Spotlight):

Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00

Congratulations Shannon Holland

Written by Super User
Shannon Holland aged 14, is a Dancer at Large with the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, and keeps her self quite busy organizing parties, picnics and social events for the dancers in this organization.

Shannon has been nominated by Pam Patrick Moisey and Jan Holland for her contributions that she has made to the Scottish Dance Community in Colorado, the 79th Highlanders Pipes and Drums and her work packing much needed goodie boxes with the USO for soldiers overseas.

Shannon began Scottish dancing at age 3, and is a constant ambassador for Highland dancing throughout Colorado.  She has been a consistent performer with RMHD, the 79th Highlanders Pipes and Drums Dancers and a strong competitive dancer.  Shannon has been awarded the Sword of the Rockies and Douglas Polloch Woodward Memorial Sword. 

Outside of dance, Shannon is a champion swimmer and was chosen out of over 200 swimmers by her coaches to receive the Sportsmanship Award given to an outstanding swimmer who shows teamwork, responsibility, ethical behaviour and is a role model to other members of the team. Shannon is also an Honour Roll and Principal’s Award recipient at Sierra Middle School based on academic excellence and is a member of the National Honour Society. 

Shannon is most proud of her time spent working with a local Parker Church partnering with the US Military organisations including the USO to provide care packages to send to military personnel stationed overseas in Afghanistan.  Shannon also writes letters to soldiers to show her support and brighten their day. On Veterans Day, she was able to meet with commanding officer for the military unit in Afghanistan who received the packages she packed, and was thrilled to know how much they appreciated the boxes of goodies from home.  Shannon says that the experience was inspiring, and she is proud to have made a difference for our nation’s heroes. 

Congratulations Shannon the BATD applauds your commitment and dedication to dance and your support of those around you.