Video: Learn the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Haka

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A HAKA hit the Grassmarket as part of celebrations to mark 100 days to go until the start of the Commonwealth Games.

The youngsters performed their own version of the famous Maori dance and chant outside Dance Base to show their support for Edinburgh’s ‘second team’ New Zealand.

The Haka hit the Grassmarket today. Pic: comp

The Haka hit the Grassmarket today. Pic: comp

The Support a 2nd Team programme, which is led by Sportscotland, aims to encourage local communities to engage with the cultures of the Commonwealth and develop links with their nations and territories.

The city council is encouraging everyone to join in the fun by learning and performing the first ever ‘virtual flashmob Haka’.

Schools, community groups, clubs and businesses are being encouraged to learn the moves and chants with a simple follow-along tutorial video. Groups can film their flashmob and send it to haka@dancebase.co.uk for inclusion in a final ‘virtual flashmob’ video which will be launched in July in time for the Commonwealth Games.

The Virtual Flashmob Haka has been created by Dance Base and New Zealand dance company Taki Maori as part of the nationwide dance project Get Scotland Dancing, supported by Culture 2014.

Edinburgh’s Festival and Events Champion, Councillor Steve Cardownie, said: “The countdown to the games is on and with just 100 days to go, I hope people will feel motivated to get involved and show their support for the Games and Edinburgh’s second teams.

“The Council’s team of Active Schools Co-ordinators encourage young people across the city to be excited by sport and more physically active.

“Based in schools across the Capital, they provide opportunities and motivation and it’s fitting that we have teamed up with Dancebase to offer everyone the chance to join in Edinburgh’s build up to the Commonwealth Games fun.”