Impressive haul of prizes for Montrose dancers

The dancers with their prizes.

The dancers with their prizes.

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Pupils of the Noreen-Marie Geddes school of dancing had a successful season at highland dancing competitions around Scotland and abroad.

Carlie Donald and Nicole Hutcheon, both nine years old, took part in their first ever highland dancing competitions last year.

They both competed in the beginners section, to move up a section they must collect six stamps on their beginners cards by gaining a 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

With ease they managed to collect six stamps at six competitions which means they can now move up to the Novice section.

Between them they had a total haul of 150 medals and 10 trophies - a fantastic achievement for their first season. Both girls have been dancing at the school since it first opened in 2012, they were four years old when they started classes.

Emma Smith competed in the Novice section and also achieved six stamps at six competitions. She was the overall trophy winner at each of her competitions.

A memorable moment for Emma was competing at the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance at Disneyland Paris; she picked up six gold medals and was the overall winner.

Emma will now move up to the Intermediate section.

Emma joined the school in 2014, she had previous dance experience when she lived in New Zealand.

Jaime Dima also had a very successful season. She competed in the Intermediate section, she gained her six stamps at six competitions and was trophy winner at every competition.

She will now move into the Premier category which is the top section in Highland Dancing.

She is training for her first Pre-Championships in April, which will be held at the Granite City Championships in Aberdeen.

Jaime has been with the school since it first opened, she was 10 years old when she started Highland dancing.

Noreen-Marie said: “This was an outstanding achievement by Carlie, Nicole, Emma and Jaime. They have practiced very hard in and out of class.

“I’m sure they will continue to practice just as hard in their new sections, they are an inspiration to all my young students at the dance school.”

THe Noreen-Marie Geddes school of dancing is based in St Cyrus and Hillside, Montrose and offers students classes in Highland, National, tap and modern.