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Purplethistle's Bio

Hi! I chose the name "Purplethistle" as this is the name of my little studio. Also, I'm a piper and have a "Thistle theme" for jewlery, sporran, kilt pin, etc. I also have a thistle tatoo'd to the inside of my ankle - a tribute to my Grandmother when she passed away.

So ... I'm a 42 year old dancer, piper, marathoner, triathloner, gardener (2 1/2 acres), wife, mom to a dog, 3 cats, 3 fish and 5 ducks (no human kids) and dance teacher, as soon as I get some students!

I don't plan to have a big studio, just some local dancers who want to come to my house. My husband offered up our front room (about 15 x 25 feet) as a studio - how cool is that? Floor's in, mirrors and bar up - yes, my students will do bar exercises! If nothing else, I will have some where really cool to practise and my husband and I can play floor hockey.

I danced competatively from age 6 - 18 with Adeline Duncan (Victoria, BC), then only recreationaly for the last 20... (I'm doing the math) 24 years (!!!). As I said, I'm a piper and once a band finds out that I can dance, I am always putting my pipes down and doing a fling or Seann Truibhas, usually in a parade or at the legion. Try doing the fling in Ghillie Brogues one day! A couple years ago the 300 member massed pipe band I went to Scotland with was in Victoria. They asked if I would dance during the parades and shows. I ended up dancing in front of thousands on the Empress Hotel lawn, then on the steps of the Legislative Buildings on Canada Day.

I've been taking lessons for a year now, tried my hand at theory, level 5, and then got more theory and the Premier award in the nationals. Now, I'm studying for the Member's exam in the spring - eek!

Anyhoo, I'm learning lots by reading everybody's comments. I'm really pleased to see so many adults learning and even competing - good for them! Hope to meet some more of you soon. Till then ...

Happy Dancing - Purplethistle

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