The Highland Dancer

The Highland Dancer
The Highland Dancer
The Highland Dancer
  • Contest: 2021 DESIGN-A-DRESS Contest
  • Full Name: Kate Bester
  • Country: Canada
  • Story of Your Dress: I joined a highland dancing class in October of 2019 since I had quit Irish dancing at the previous school because I was unhappy there. I had grown up with two of my friends who Irish danced with me but had switched to a different school a year earlier. After quitting, they encouraged us to join their highland dancing class to get back into dancing, especially since highland and Irish dancing are so similar. I picked it up quickly and was able to be in the same class as my friends who were much more advanced than I was. After about two months of highland dancing, I decided to also transfer to a new Irish dancing school since I missed it so much, and I was able to go to the same school that my friends go to. Although there are many differences from highland to Irish dancing, I wanted to design a dress that combined both of them. I used the highland jacket as inspiration for the dress as well as tie in a highland national's cape on the back. I used my signature claddagh on the skirt as well. I feel that this dress design represents me as a dancer - not either highland or Irish, but both!

After you have entered:

Share your design from IDM’s contest entry page and tell them to ‘like’ your design.

Be sure to use the hashtag #IDMcontest, #risingstardesigns on all your shares.

Voting will take place between Oct 1–Oct 31, so share your entry early on to increase your odds of winning the People’s Choice award.

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Prizes: Two prizes will be awarded!

* TWO GRAND PRIZES – The most creatively designed dress and suitcoat/jacket as selected exclusively by Keith Marron of Rising Star Designs, will each receive a custom-made costume inspired by their design. The Grand Prize costume will include BLING too!

* ONE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER – The entry with the most LIKES will be the People’s Choice winner. The People’s Choice winner will receive a £250 voucher toward the cost of a Rising Star Designs Costume plus they will receive a free one-year subscription to IDM.

THE TOP 20 ONLINE VOTE WINNER  – Will all receive a FREE six-month subscription to Irish Dancing Magazine, valued at $69.99. Their logo, name, dance school, and age will be printed inside an issue of IDM where they will be officially recognised as a finalist in the costume..

* THE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS and  PEOPLE'S  CHOICE WINNER – Designs will be featured inside an issue of Irish Dancing Magazine.

TECHNICAL BITS  –  If the People’s Choice winner and Grand Prize winner are the same person, the People’s Choice prize will be given to the People’s Choice runner-up. The same individual cannot win both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice prize

 

Eligibility & Rules:

• Any Irish Dancer, parent of a Dancer, or Irish Dance teacher may enter to win! However, previous Grand Prize winners and those who have worked for Irish Dancing Magazine in 2020 or 2021 including employees, freelancers and interns are excluded from entering.

• Official templates found here (dress, jacket) must be used for each entry and cannot be altered in size or shape.

 

• Entries must include name, age, dance school, city, country, email and phone number.

• You may cover the official entry template with cardboard, fabric, etc. but cannot noticeably compromise the size or shape of the template. You may use a computer-generated design but be sure all work (including pasted graphics) is your own intellectual property.

Get started designing for next year: Dress Template    or Jacket Template!

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