Bute to host Highland dance festival next weekend

Some of the Bute Highland dancers who won trophies at the Argyllshire Dance Festival in Dunoon on April 9. The Bute Highland Dance Festival this year is on Saturday, April 23.
Some of the Bute Highland dancers who won trophies at the Argyllshire Dance Festival in Dunoon on April 9. The Bute Highland Dance Festival this year is on Saturday, April 23.

Preparations are well under way for one of the highlights of the year for local Highland dancers - the Bute Highland Dance Festival.

Taking place this year at Rothesay Joint Campus, due to the closure of the Pavilion for major renovation work, the event - on Saturday, April 23 - will see young dancers from all over Scotland compete in Highland and National dancing disciplines in an event always enjoyed by dancers, teachers and parents.

The adjudicators this year are Linda Rankin from Beith, Linda Nixon from Dalry and Mary Wilson from Campbeltown. Why not come along and enjoy the experience - and support the young competitors?

The festival’s organising committee would like to thank George Hanson Building Contractors for their generous financial support for this year’s event.

* Several Bute dancers warmed up for next weekend’s festival with excellent performances in the Argyllshire Festival in Dunoon last Saturday.

Eilidh McTaggart took three first places and four second places in her beginners’ age group section, finishing as joint winner, and was also winner of the trophy for the special fling.

Harry Aiken won the beginners’ trophy in his section and also won the National dancing category for his age group, while Summer Leonard won the runner-up trophy in her section.

Blane Colman and Mollie Aiken were joint winners for their section, while Mollie won the national trophy for her section, and Jennifer Murray won the runner up trophy for the novice section.

Medal winners also included Amelia Whitelaw, Sophie Mclachlan, Amy Jardine, Matilda Aiken and Elena McMillan, while Chloe Aiken won the runner-up trophy for her section.

The highlight of the year for local dancers, the Bute Highland Games, takes place this year on Saturday, August 20, with the Argyll and Bute, Scottish and world championships at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon the following week.