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Southland Teen Becomes First Californian To Win Scottish Highland Dancing World Championship
CBSLA.com) ^ | October 1, 2013 7:16 PM

Posted on 10/03/2013 7:36:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin

LAGUNA NIGUEL (CBSLA.com) — A Southern California teenager has accomplished a feat that hasn’t been done in 14 years.

Kaylee Finnegan, 15, has become the first American to win a Scottish highland world championship in the 21st century, beating out hundreds of the world’s best competitors in the 12-15 year age group for highland dancing.

Finnegan, who picked up Scottish highland dancing at the age of three, explains that the moves involved add up to match some of the world’s toughest physically demanding competitions.

“One of our dances in the equivalent of sprinting a mile, at the same time as wearing a seven-to-ten pound wool kilt, and smiling with your arms above your head,” Finnegan said.

Kaylee’s mother, who was born in Scotland, was the inspiration for her daughter after performing in competitions.

“She loved it,” Kaylee’s mother Phyllis Finnegan said. “She loved the audience and clapping, and being out there and experimenting with it. She just loved it. She hasn’t stopped loving it since then.”

Kaylee began competing a couple of years after picking the dance up. Now, in the middle of her teenage years, she can call herself a world champion.

“At first it was just disbelief, because I had been working toward it for so long so many years, and I almost wouldn’t let myself believe it,” Finnegan said of her championship.

Among the many cups and trophies in Kaylee’s room is the first Scottish World Championship cup that anyone from California has ever won.

Only five Americans have ever taken the cup home since 1910.

“It’s not easily given to Americans, we have to work for it,” Finnegan said. “And it’s nice to know that Americans can do it, and I can show that to the next generation.”


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1 posted on 10/03/2013 7:36:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

If it’s not Scottish , it’s crap!


2 posted on 10/03/2013 7:37:29 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Perhaps, but isn’t Finnegan an Irish name?


3 posted on 10/03/2013 7:39:20 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

There was a movie about this.

Oh, wait, no, nevermind. If it ain’t twerking or rapping, it ain’t hip, and Hollywood doesn’t give a crap. All dance movies must be about pretty white girls learning to rap and break dance with the homies.


4 posted on 10/03/2013 7:42:31 AM PDT by dangus
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To: BenLurkin

Sure sounds like


5 posted on 10/03/2013 7:44:42 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: BenLurkin

Perhaps they are Irish ancestry. Many Irish moved to Scotland during the Industrial Revolution. You have the Catholic Irish backers of Celtic vs. Protestant backers of Rangers in Glasgow.


6 posted on 10/03/2013 7:44:54 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: BenLurkin

OK... it involves swords. But still, not exactly a beautiful form of dance.


7 posted on 10/03/2013 7:51:38 AM PDT by dangus
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To: BenLurkin

It is an Irish name but there are lots of Irish in Scotland.


8 posted on 10/03/2013 7:51:55 AM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: C19fan

I’m confused. Celtics play basketball, but the Rangers play hockey. (/clueless)


9 posted on 10/03/2013 7:52:51 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Barb4Bush
It is an Irish name but there are lots of Irish in Scotland.

Scotland derives its name from the Scoti tribe of Ireland. In a sense, the Irish invented the Scots. :^]

10 posted on 10/03/2013 7:57:24 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Paine in the Neck

You’d better duck!


11 posted on 10/03/2013 8:10:05 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Paine in the Neck

But only the Scots could invent haggis. Although, I was at a dinner celebrating the great poet Robbie Burns and tried the haggis. It wasn’t half bad. Especially with a wee dram of single malt. OK, it was more than a wee one!


12 posted on 10/03/2013 8:14:28 AM PDT by 12Gauge687
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To: TurboZamboni

YES!!

A round of haggis for everyone!

Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.


13 posted on 10/03/2013 8:17:42 AM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: Darteaus94025

I enjoyed the haggis I tried, though to me it tasted like no more than minced mutton with barley. It was a bit salty, but good. I’d eat it again.


14 posted on 10/03/2013 8:24:27 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

“It is an Irish name but there are lots of Irish in Scotland.
Scotland derives its name from the Scoti tribe of Ireland. In a sense, the Irish invented the Scots.”

And why wouldn’t they have? We invented Scotch too. :-)


15 posted on 10/03/2013 8:27:56 AM PDT by Rannug
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To: Rannug

Although I prefer Tullamore DEW.


16 posted on 10/03/2013 8:30:41 AM PDT by Rannug
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To: C19fan
Many Irish moved to Scotland during the Industrial Revolution.

Eire-Scottish, lol? One good turn deserves another, I guess.

17 posted on 10/03/2013 8:32:27 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: dangus

In Glasgow Scotland the two big soccer clubs are Celtics and Rangers. The Irish ancestry Roman Catholics in Glasgow support Celtics while the Protestants support Rangers. The religious aspect makes in one of the nastier rivalries in sports.


18 posted on 10/03/2013 8:54:21 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: RegulatorCountry

Hard to say exact numbers but around 15% of Scotland are Catholics most of those have Irish ancestry. From wikipedia:

Famous Irish-Scots include Socialist revolutionary James Connolly, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, footballers Aiden McGeady, Ray Houghton, Owen Coyle and James McCarthy, politician George Galloway, actors Sean Connery, Brian Cox, Gerard Butler, and comedians Billy Connolly and Frankie Boyle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish-Scots


19 posted on 10/03/2013 8:57:30 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Rannug

My people are Celts and were there before the Scots arrived. That’s why we don’t have “Mac” before our Clan name.

It is said in Scotland, that we were the first to raise smoke and boil water on the braes of Glenorchy.


20 posted on 10/03/2013 8:57:50 AM PDT by ReconViper 1
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To: dangus

LOL

Good call.


21 posted on 10/03/2013 9:03:22 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Scotland derives its name from the Scoti tribe of Ireland. In a sense, the Irish invented the Scots. :^]

And the tribe was so named in honor of Scota, legendarily an Egyptian queen.

Quite the tangle of historical humanity on that island, ain't it, lol?

22 posted on 10/03/2013 10:34:43 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin

Is she bonny?


23 posted on 10/03/2013 11:28:35 AM PDT by Oratam (Thank you St. Jude!)
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To: BenLurkin

A lot of today’s kids would consider ethnic dancing “uncool”, unless the “eth” was non-whiteEuopean. Then it’s WAY cool!


24 posted on 10/03/2013 1:00:18 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: ReconViper 1
My people are Celts and were there before the Scots arrived.

So you were probably considered one of the ancient or original clans when Scotland was formed ?

25 posted on 10/03/2013 1:35:26 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
And the tribe was so named in honor of Scota, legendarily an Egyptian queen.

A Pharaoh's daughter from what I have read.

26 posted on 10/03/2013 1:37:53 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: justa-hairyape; RegulatorCountry

And she was named Scota for her Scythian ancestry, and to honor the ruling Scythian dynasty in Egypt.


27 posted on 10/03/2013 3:19:02 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: OldNewYork
Never heard there was a Scythian dynasty ruling Egypt. Very interesting. From what I read the Scythian king's son had been bitten by a snake and he took his son down to Egypt to see Moses. His son was cured by Moses who told them they would find an Island that had no snakes. Of course that all sounds like folklore or just legendary stuff. Supposedly the Scythian King married Scotia the Pharoah's daughter and then went on their quest to find the island.

At any rate, the ancient Scots composed quite a few lineages. The Irish Dal Riada, the Picts, the Vikings and also some Celts from England.

28 posted on 10/03/2013 4:01:11 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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