Dance School Bring Home 21 Medals

By Claire Buckie

A group of 16 dancers from Falkirk have done themselves proud after winning a total of 21 medals at the European Festival of Dance and Performing Arts at Eurodisney in Paris last weekend.

The group of girls aged 9 to 16 from Central Scotland Ballet School travelled to Paris last Friday to compete in the competition which was held in Disney Land itself. The girls faced a tough competition as they performed solo and group routines in Ballet, Modern and Tap against other dance schools from all over Europe. The girls won 21 out of the 27 medals that were on offer and left their parents and teachers beaming with pride.

Central Scotland Ballet School principal Jacqueline Clark said: “The girls had an absolute ball, the weekend was fantastic and everyone is just so proud of them. They certainly set the standard for the other girls.”

The young dancers swept the board by winning medals in every category they performed, gaining firsts, seconds and third places. Teacher Samantha Clark said: “The girls have done extremely well, we are so pleased with all the hard work and the effort they put into their performances.” The troupe also took part in a workshop with Kylie Minogue’s choreographer, Tim Noble after which 16 year old Rebecca McPhee said: “I feel like I learned so much from the workshop with Tim. It was such a good experience.” Speaking about the weekend as a whole, Rebecca said that winning 3rd place for senior ballet was the best 16th birthday present she could ask for!

This is not the only success that this group of talented youngsters have experienced. In July 2006 they left passengers onboard cruise ship MSC Opera, which toured the Mediterranean, in awe of a spectacular Scottish routine and an energy filled upbeat disco routine. They impressed organisers so much so that they have been asked to travel again in Summer 2009. The group not only have their trip across the seas but in January they will take to the stage of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow to perform in Peter Pan and April 2009 they are to fly to Spain to dance with Ballet West and Guitart School of Performing Arts.

For such young girls they certainly seem to be aiming extemely high and by the look of things it is paying off. The dance school already has two of its former students, Vicki Paterson, 18 and Katie Deacon, 16, training as full time ballerinas at Central School of Ballet in London and with the way they are going there could be several more following in their footsteps.