Jordanne ready for Japan fling on eastern trip

Jordanne at a Highland Games
Jordanne at a Highland Games

A talented Kirkcaldy teenager is busy preparing for a dancing challenge in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Jordanne Currie (15), of Lady Nairn Avenue, has been chosen from hundreds of Highland dancers throughout Scotland to take part in a popular Scottish Weekend in Hakuba, Japan.

She and three other lucky young dancers, two from Glenrothes, will fly out to the Japanese Alps region, at the end of June to participate in the two-day event which as well as dance, will feature music from the Neilston and District Pipe Band, and Scottish food and other goods.

The cultural event, which will also feature Japanese Highland dance enthusiasts, is now in its fifth year and is organised by a young Japanese Highland Dance teacher who spent several years in Scotland and took part in the Edinburgh Tattoo in 1992.

The girls were chosen from dancers who auditioned for this year’s Tattoo which takes place in August, and they will fly to Tokyo a few days before the Scottish weekend which takes place on June 29 and 30.

Jordanne, an S4 pupil at Viewforth High School, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen to take part and I can’t wait to go to Japan. My mum has been before and she says it is a wonderful country, so I am sure this will be the trip of a lifetime for me.

“My family have all been a great support to me and come along to all my performances as well as taking me to rehearsals and auditions, and I am very grateful to them.

“I practice at the Roblyn School of Dance almost every evening, and we have also got additional training for the Tattoo, as well as when we arrive in Japan, so we will be well prepared. I am really excited about going.”

Jordanne, who has been dancing since the age of 8, and her fellow dancers were chosen to represent Scotland by Billy Forsyth, the Highland dance director of the Tattoo.

Lyn Porter, head teacher at Viewforth, said the experience would be a “brilliant opportunity” for Jordanne, who is also about to sit eight Standard Grades next month.

“We are all really proud of her representing Viewforth. As well as being a very dedicated dancer she is also a very dedicated student in the school who is doing very well with her studies.

“We wish her all the best on her trip.”