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Scottish dancers reel in holiday season

NANAIMO - Brigadoon Dance Academy hosts its annual Christmas concert Sunday (Dec. 13) at the Port Theatre.

Even with rain falling in Nanaimo, the Brigadoon Dance Academy is hosting a white Christmas.

On Sunday (Dec. 13), the dance organization hosts its annual Christmas concert. This year it presents Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

“Each year it’s different,” said Diena Henry, principal instructor of Brigadoon.

The academy annually presents A Christmas Eve in Scotland, but this year it changed the concert name.

Attendees can expect to see traditional favourites such as Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.

“It is a crowd pleaser … it’s funny and gets everyone laughing,” said Henry.

The finishing number of Auld Lang Syne is dedicated to Ron Skipsey.

Skipsey was the father of one of the academy dancers and a school principal. The dance was choreographed in his honour.

“There usually isn’t a dry eye in the house when we finish that number,” said Henry.

The concert is a mixture of traditional Scottish dances and contemporary numbers.

“It is definitely a family event. It will be sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit,” said Henry.

The music is a mixture of traditional Celtic, Celtic rock and Christmas music.

“There is a total variety. We are using traditional Scottish dance with upbeat Celtic and Christmas music to begin the holiday season,” said Henry.

The dancers range in ages from one year old to adults.

Brigadoon Dance Academy’s Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow shows at the Port Theatre Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and are available by calling 250-754-8550 or at

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