Glasgow & West Scotland

Dancers to perform Commonwealth Ceilidh in 65 nations

Dancers from New Zealand to Scotland will dance a Commonwealth Ceilidh at 65 locations around the world on Saturday.

The ceilidh "relay" will start in Auckland and travel 18,250 miles in 24 hours before ending in Hawaii.

Dances inspired by Glasgow 2014 will be performed, as well as traditional favourites such as Strip The Willow.

International development minister Humza Yousaf said: "It will be the biggest celebration of Scottish country dancing the world has ever seen."

He added: "The Commonwealth Ceilidh will be a fantastic way to celebrate, share and showcase our culture, and develop a lasting legacy by introducing a new audience to a vibrant tradition."

James Allenby, project manager of Get Scotland Dancing, added: "On 21 June the world will join hands to celebrate Scottish dance and culture.

"We hope that the dedicated Scottish country dance enthusiasts around the world enjoy the Commonwealth Ceilidh and that a new generation of dancers will be inspired to try this fun and social dance."

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