Nanaimo Highland dancers will put best feet forward to help during Australia wildfires

Brigadoon Dance Academy hosting Fling for Fire this Saturday, Jan. 11

Gabrielle Colonna with director Aileen Robertson at an Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance in Australia this past fall. Colonna will be one of the Brigadoon Dance Academy Highland dancers performing at a fundraiser show this Saturday, Jan. 11, in Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo’s Brigadoon Dance Academy wants to do something to help Australia from here on the other side of the ocean.

The Highland dance group is organizing an event called Fling for Fire this Saturday, Jan. 11, at Pleasant Valley Hall, with various divisions of dancers slated to perform.

“With the devastation that’s happening in the country, it’s pretty hard to sit back and watch and not do anything,” said Diena Henry, Brigadoon instructor. “It’s been quite the talk within the studio, with everyone saying, ‘I wish we could do something, what could we do?’”

With so many animal lovers at the academy, Brigadoon decided on a fundraiser for WIRES (New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service).

Saturday’s show is from 7-8 p.m., with doors at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation with 100 per cent of donations going to WIRES.

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