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International Dance Day

To all the dancers, choreographers, devisors, and dancing teachers who have inspired and made a difference in our lives, thank you! 💃🕺❤️

This colourful dance tartan was created for Billy Forsyth in 1974 for a Highland dancing competition. A renowned figure in the world of Highland dancing, Billy Forsyth is renowned both as a dancer and a maker of dance shoes. Beginning Highland dancing at a young age, he quickly distinguished himself as a talented dancer, gaining recognition through numerous competitions and performances. In the mid-1970s, Forsyth transitioned from dancing to entrepreneurship by establishing his own company, Billy Forsyth Scottish Dance Shoes. His extensive experience as a dancer gave him unique insights into the needs of performers, allowing him to design shoes that are both functional and comfortable. In addition to teaching and promoting Highland dancing on a global scale, his efforts have been instrumental in preserving and spreading Scottish heritage through dance, making him a respected and influential figure in the Highland dancing community. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏆 ❤️ 💛 💙

By designer Bob Martin, this tartan was designed for Billy Forsyth for a 1974 competition.

From The Billy Forsyth website:

Twice winner of the World Highland Dancing Championship, Billy has extensive experience as performer, manager and director of stage, arena, television and cabaret shows in Scotland and around the world.

He has adjudicated at Dance Championships on every continent, toured and performed throughout Canada and the United States, demonstrated and lectured in such diverse locations as Tokyo, Japan, Quito in Ecuador and Karachi, Pakistan, and performed regularly in cabaret at venues such as Gleneagles Hotel and Dunblane Hydro Hotel, both near his base in Bridge of Allan, Scotland.

A previous Chairman and President of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD), until 2013, for 25 years he was Dance Advisor and Director for the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, presenting his Edinburgh Tattoo Highland Ceilidh Dancers team to 60,000 spectators in the Amsterdam Arena, at the most famous theatre in the world the London Palladium, and at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Canada as well as at major events in the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

After almost 25 years as Chairman of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing, the World Governing Body, Billy was elected President of SOBHD, which co-ordinates a network of over 60 independent associations and organisations around the world, representing over 50,000 Scottish Highland dancers.

He was a founder member and director of the Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust, the only organisation charged with the remit to research, collect, conserve, foster and promote all of Scotland’s Heritage of Music and Dance.

He retired after twenty six years service, the last six years as Chief Executive, with Scottish Youth Hostels, an organisation which registered over 500,000 overnights per annum, and is the largest network of holiday accommodation in Scotland specially provided for young people. SYHA is part of the Hostelling International network.

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