Tartan Week Festivities Kickoff on GingerNewYork TV Show in New York City
Scottish American Supermom & Volunteer Firefighter Cynthia Wright, Scottish Highland Dancer Anna Fitzgerald & Bagpiper John Loiacono Celebrate the Upcoming Tartan Week Events on GNY. MNN TV Studios, Friday, March 22, 2019, Spectrum 34 & HD 1995, 2pm.
In addition to her interest in the Celtic scene, Cynthia is an extra for various television dramas and movies filmed around the tri-state area. Ms. Wright is also a regular model for various photographic studios and clothing lines.
In her spare time Cynthia Wright is a active volunteer firefighter, an accomplished seamstress, a devoted mother of two, and enjoys traveling the world. (http://www.cynthiawright.net and Instagram @chickityboo)
Anna Fitzgerald: is a Certified Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. As an active competitor and teacher, Anna instills a love for tradition and strength in her students. She began dancing over 20 years ago in North Carolina, originally as a student in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. After watching many of her relatives compete in Highland Dance, Anna grudgingly gave it a try, only to discover what would become a life-long passion.
Advancing quickly through the competitive levels, Anna has been a Premiere Highland Dancer for nearly 15 years. While earning her Masters Degree from The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre in Hartford, CT, Anna became an active member of the Callanish School of Celtic Arts as a Dancer and Assistant Teacher. The Callanish School has a deep connection to its community, and it was there that Anna began using Highland Dance and Scottish Tradition to engage in outreach programs throughout the state of Connecticut.
Anna was the 2014 recipient of the Eunice Baird Whittlesey Memorial Scholarship, which enabled her to move to New York City to continue her Post Graduate studies at Mannes College The New School for Music. Currently, Anna remains an active competitor and is a Dancer with and the Performance Coordinator for Shot of Scotch, New York City's Premiere Scottish Highland Dancers, which she joined in 2014. She continues to perform outreach programs throughout New York and Connecticut and teaches Highland Dance to students of all ages and skill levels as the founder of the New York City School of Scottish Dance. (www.nycscottishdance.com)
John Loiacono, Bagpiper: John has been piping since 1992, beginning at age 12. Throughout the years, he has played bagpipes at countless events, including weddings, funerals, graduations, dinners, tournaments, promotions, concerts and an airshow! He learned with and is now an instructor in the St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band, Kearny, New Jersey. He has played with Oran Mor Pipe Band of Albany, NY and Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band of Boston, MA, both Grade 1 Pipe Bands. He is also a Grade 1 Solo Competition Piper. He has competed at the Worlds Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland 3 times in Grade 1 and and twice Grade 3. He also apprenticed with MacLellan Bagpipes to produce handmade Bagpipes for two years.
For More Information:
Official Website: http://nyctartanweek.org/
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