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Bridging the lines between song and dance, Nikki Hessner of Spokane is framed by the Athena Park Gazebo fence as she practices for piping while dressed in her Highland Fling outfit. Hessner competes as a beginning dancer in this year's Caledonian Games and also as a Grade 4 piper.

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