Dancers’ quick steps to a successful season

This colourful picture shows  dancers from the Anne McIlroy School of Dance displaying the trophies they won over the 2017 Season. Photo is courtesy of Martin Dougan
This colourful picture shows dancers from the Anne McIlroy School of Dance displaying the trophies they won over the 2017 Season. Photo is courtesy of Martin Dougan

Dancers from the Anne McIlroy School of Dance in Rothesay have been proudly displaying the trophies won during the 2017 season.

Their amazing collection includes trophies from Cowal and Bute Highland Games, Bute Dance Festival, British Association of Teachers Dancing and The Scottish Teachers’ Alliance Festivals as well as trophies from many Highland Games and competitions.

Anne McIlroy, who has run the school for 60 years, was full of pride for her dancers.

She said: “Congratulations go to the dancers for their hard work and dedication, and I must mention the support given by their parents.

“They have surpassed themselves. There were a lot of them competing last year and they won more trophies.

“I think that’s the most we have won in a season. Last year was a fantastic year. They have done really well.”

Meanwhile, Dan Edgar of Argyll and Bute Trust presented Anne with a cheque for £500 towards the School of Dance and Bute Highland Dance Festival. Anne added: “Mr Edgar said to me ‘I don’t care what you spend it on, as long as it’s not at the pub’!

“The girls are going to get a workshop and that will pay for a teacher. We are holding our Highland dance festival this month so the money will go towards that also. It’s very costly to hold. The festival has been running for about 30 years and it gets bigger all the time.”

The Bute Highland Dance Festival takes place on April 28 in Rothesay Joint Campus.