Watch: Adorable Highland troupe dances around Jenners' Christmas tree

Young dancers teach Santa how to 'Pas de Basques'

Friday, 27th December 2019, 2:43 pm
Updated Friday, 27th December 2019, 5:01 pm
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Adorable footage has emerged of a local Highland troupe dancing a jig around Jenners' famous Christmas tree and teaching Santa how to "Pas de Basques".

Five dancers from Dunedin Dance Academy, which is based in Edinburgh, were hosted at the Princes Street department store before it was due to open for business on Christmas Eve.

In the video, which has been shared on Dunedin's Facebook page, the young Highland dancers - four girls and one boy - dance a jig around the institution's huge Christmas tree, to Brenda Lee's 1958 classic Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.

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The children visited Santa at his grotto. Picture: Contributed

The troupe then pirouette their way towards Santa's grotto, where Father Christmas was soon channelling his inner Highlander, joining the children in performing the famous Pas de Basque step.

​Dancers Olivia Cruickshank, 8, Bella Panton, 7, Ellie Kilfedder, 10, Logan Robertson, 9, and Kelsey Wilson, 11, had to rise at 6am just to take part in the festive fling.

Jenners' store manager Alan Thomlinson told the Evening News the children put a smile on the face of staff on Tuesday.

He said: "We agreed to let the dancers in in the morning before the store opened.

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"They went to see Santa in his grotto and danced around the tree and the atrium. They were just fantastic, great little dancers; so cute and clearly very talented.

"We hope that they all had a really enjoyable time".

Classes, which take place at North Berwick Abbey Church, East Lothian, are taught by Jackie Robertson, who has 30 years' experience teaching Highland dancing.

Dunedin Dance Academy teachers, Jackie Robertson and Claire Robertson, commented: "We are very proud of all our pupils, many have achieved national dancing titles but in honesty we celebrate every success our pupils achieve.

Dancers Olivia Cruickshank, 8, Bella Panton, 7, Ellie Kilfedder, 10, Logan Robertson, 9, and Kelsey Wilson, 11, had to rise at 6am to take part in the festive film.

"The trip to Jenner’s involved a very early start, so proud they all managed to get in so early, arriving in full Highland dress for 8am."

They added: "We also need to say a huge thank you to Jenners who were so welcoming and friendly. They moved rails about to give us space to dance and were so interested to see the highland fling."

Every Christmas, the pupils take part in a competition to film their dancing - just for fun.

Following the recent news that Jenners on Princes Street is to close for good in the next year or so, the children took what might just be their last opportunity to dance around the Christmas tree - which may not be there next December depending how things turn out.

In July 2020, twelve children are heading to Rome to represent Scotland at the dance world championships, where they will compete in 16 entries.