Twin sisters from Red Deer, who are competitive Highland dancers, were named the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central athletes of the month for December.
This past summer Brianna and Gwendolyn Kehler, 14, competed at the largest Highland dancing competition in the world, the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in Calgary.
Brianna won first overall in the Highlands Dances (precise and sharp, Highlands dances have military roots and were traditionally only performed by males) and Gwendolyn won first overall in the National Dances (more fluid and graceful, derived from Scottish and Celtic folk dances) for their age grouping in the intermediate category.
Since moving into the Premier level, the highest level of Highland dance, the sisters have finished with top-three placings in the three competitions they’ve competed in.
Brianna and Gwendolyn, Grade 9 students at Hunting Hills High School, hope to qualify at the Alberta Provincial championship to represent the province at the Canadian Closed Championship and the World Highland Dance Championships in August.
The Kehlers dance with the Red Deer School of Highland Dancing with teachers Jacquie Munawych and Kimberly Biggelaar.