Dance shop nom­i­nated for top Scot­tish ac­co­lade

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A fam­ily shop which has kit­ted out Ruther­glen dancers in the finest cos­tumes for a gen­er­a­tion has been nom­i­nated in the first ever Scot­land on Stage Awards.

Fit­ness Fash­ions in Farme Cross has been nom­i­nated in the best dance shop sup­plier cat­e­gory in the awards, set up to cel­e­brate the per­form­ing arts in Scot­land.

Owned by Gail and Alis­tair Dick, the shop is seek­ing lo­cal peo­ple’s votes in a bid to be named a fi­nal­ist for the award, which will ul­ti­mately be de­cided by an ex­pert judg­ing panel.

Speak­ing to the Re­former this week, Gail said her mother and dance lover Jeanette Ben­nett opened the shop 27 years ago.

She said: “This came as a com­plete sur­prise to us be­ing nom­i­nated.

“We have been here for 27 years just plod­ding along, so it is re­ally nice to get some recog­ni­tion. It’s quite ex­cit­ing stuff.

“We are try­ing to get as many votes in as pos­si­ble for the March 18 clos­ing date.”

As the largest sup­plier of ball­room and Latin dance shoes in Scot­land, peo­ple come from all over the coun­try to pur­chase their dance shoes at Fit­ness Fash­ion, which also pro­vides dance cloth­ing and cos­tumes for a range of gen­res in­clud­ing tap, bal­let, disco and Latin Ce­roc - a mix of salsa and jive danc­ing.

With a wealth of dancers in the fam­ily, Gail - a Scot­tish ju­nior ball­room cham­pion - says the shop re­flects her pas­sion for dance.

She said: “There are other shops in South La­nark­shire but peo­ple travel to us be­cause we do give a great ser­vice, the qual­ity is good and they seem to come back to us. We hold a large stock so we don’t have to or­der in for peo­ple.

“We have a range of cus­tomers who come back and new cus­tomers are com­ing in af­ter all th­ese years.

“Our youngest cus­tomer is 18 months. It was a wee girl get­ting kit­ted out for her first dance les­son, but there are older peo­ple as well who come in for se­quence, ball­room and Latin shoes.”

To vote for Fit­ness First in the Scot­land on Stage Awards log on to www. scot­son­stage.co.uk/vote-now.

All short­listed busi­nesses will be in­vited to the Scot­land on Stage Awards Gala on Sun­day, April 24 at the Radis­son Ho­tel in Glas­gow.

De­lighted Own­ers of Fit­ness Fash­ion Gail and Alis­tair Dick are thrilled the shop has been nom­i­nated for a top award

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