Local Highland dancers jump for joy...

Pupils of the Noreen-Marie Geddes school of dancing in St Cyrus had a successful season at highland dancing competitions.

Pupils of the Noreen-Marie Geddes school of dancing in St Cyrus had a successful season at highland dancing competitions.

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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 first, second or third. 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. She 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, and 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.

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