Young Highland dancers featured in New Yorker magazine’s latest short film which aims to show how they missed the Highland Games and other dance performances during the pandemic

Faith and Victoria Soh, Lachlan Duguid, Beatrice and Francesca Finkler.

Five young Highland dancers from the Inverness area will appear in a New Yorker magazine short film.

It aims to show how they missed the Highland Games and other dance performances during the pandemic.

The casting call was first launched last May and it was filmed in several locations in the Highlands, including Loch Ness.

Cheryl Heggie – who runs the Cheryl Heggie School of Dance – said she received an email from People-file.com’s Gabrielle Lawrence asking if any of her students would like to attend the casting.

Faith and Victoria Soh and Cheryl Heggie while filming the New Yorker magazine short.
Faith and Victoria Soh and Cheryl Heggie while filming the New Yorker magazine short.

She said the filmmakers were looking for male and female Highland dancers between the ages of eight and 18. She added: “It would intersperse interviews with the children as they discussed how they felt about missing the Highland Games and the dance performances, how the last 18 months had affected them and also what what dance means to them in relation to their Scottish heritage.”

Ms Lawrence and another woman visited her Wednesday and Thursday classes, as well as other Highland dance schools in the Inverness and Ross-shire area, took head shots and interviewed pupils interested in participating.

Lachlan Douguid during filming.
Lachlan Douguid during filming.

Ms Heggie said: “We were delighted to hear that Faith and Victoria Soh, from Inverness, from the Cheryl Heggie School of Dance, have been called back to appear in the film.”

Additionally, Lachlan Douguid, from Inverness, and Beatrice and Francesca Finkler, from Cannich, from Claire Bryce School of Highland Dancing, have also been selected to appear in the film.

Filming took place in June and Robbie Lawrence, photographer and director, came to meet them during one of their classes. She said: “Her camera crew filmed Victoria and Faith dancing in class and we spent the next few days filming in different locations around Inverness.

“The film followed the dancers in their separate lives, practicing and talking about Highland Dance.

“It was a fantastic experience for the students because it’s not every day you get asked to appear in a short documentary.

“It’s exciting to show our traditional Highland dance to new audiences, especially those in America.”

Cheryl Haggie, Faith and Victoria Soh, Lachlan Duguid, Beatrice and Francesca Finkler and Claire Bryce.
Cheryl Haggie, Faith and Victoria Soh, Lachlan Duguid, Beatrice and Francesca Finkler and Claire Bryce.

• The video was released last month. For more information, visit the New Yorker magazine website.

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