a TALENTED Montrose dance troupe has been highly placed in a national competition after just two months together.
An all-girl street dance group, Turbulance, formed in December to enter Montrose Academy’s talent show - which they won!
Buoyed by their success the girls, aged between 13 and 16, decided to try their luck against wider competition and entered the Maximum Dance Scottish streetdance competition, which was held recently in Dundee.
Up against dance crews from across the country, the girls were placed second in the Under-18 Newcomers’ category. They also had two successful duet groups.
Choreographer Devon Simpson, who put together the troupe’s routines for both the talent show and the Caird Hall competition, said they had done better than imagined they would.
A student on the University of East London’s BA Dance: Urban Practice degree course, Devon travelled up from London in January to help them polish their performance during their weekly rehearsals.
She said: “They hadn’t danced together before the talent show but just after they won they decided to take it a bit further and try out for their first competition.
“We hadn’t expected to do as well as we’ve done as we were up against lots of groups from all over Scotland. We’re shocked but very pleased.”
The experience seems to have whetted their appetites for competition and the girls now have their collective sights set on the UDO Scottish Street Dance Championships, which will be held in Glasgow in May. They will also perform during the High Street concert Saturday, May 26, as part of Montrose Music Festival.