New York event for Fraserburgh dancer

A dance student from Fraserburgh was given a taste of international performance on a recent trip to New York which for NYC Tartan Week.

Linda Ruth Summers, a 23 year old BA Honors Dance student at Edinburgh College travelled to New York this month where she performed with her peers live on stage in Central Park.

Tartan Week, which was set up to promote Scotland and Scottish events in New York, included a variety of events from Scottish fashion shows to the official Tartan Week Parade.

During the six day trip Linda Ruth took the opportunity to hone her dance and performance skills at a number of dance master classes held at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Centre as well as the esteemed Steps on Broadway dance studios.

Linda Ruth said: “It was a fantastic experience and certainly one that I will never forget and I am extremely grateful to Edinburgh College for providing us with this incredible opportunity.

“It was an unbelievable experience to dance with other professionals, learn different styles and techniques but also to be able to return home and share what we have learned with other students.

“To be able to say to future employers that we have performed in New York is invaluable and it’s certainly inspired me to perform outside of Scotland again in the future.”

Central Park was the hub of all things Celtic, playing host to the annual 10k Scotland Run as well as featuring live music from Scottish alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd and popular folk music band, Breabach.

Dance students from Edinburgh College spent three weeks preparing a unique four minute routine which fused urban dance with elements of traditional Scottish dancing and was performed in front of a welcoming New York crowd. For many of the students it was their first taste of performing on an international platform.

Central Park was the hub of all things Celtic, playing host to the annual 10k Scotland Run as well as featuring live music from Scottish alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd and popular folk music band, Breabach.

Ethelinda Lashley-Johnstone MA, Dance Lecturer at Edinburgh College said: “The trip gave students the opportunity to gain vital practical experience within real parameters, working with an array of professionals in some of New York’s finest dance studios.

“It really was a once in a lifetime experience for the students involved and I believe it encouraged and motivated them to continue to strive towards performing internationally in the future

“It also provided an opportunity to network and meet some of New Yorks best dance teachers – who have already invited us back.”

The students had been fundraising since September for the much anticipated trip, organising car washes and bag packing at local supermarkets as well as hosting a successful Burns Supper Ceilidh.

Previous students of Edinburgh College have performed live at the O2 Arena and collaborated in a concert with Jon Lord at the Usher Hall,
Edinburgh.