Ben­bec­ula’s danc­ing stars shine

The Oban Times - - Districts -

DANCERS from Ben­bec­ula’s Lorna Laird School of Ir­ish Danc­ing en­joyed suc­cess at a re­cent na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Nine dancers from the Uists and Ben­bec­ula com­peted in the World Ir­ish Danc­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Bri­tish Na­tion­als in Corby on Oc­to­ber 22 and 23.

Com­pet­ing against more than 400 dancers from all over the UK and Ire­land, the dancers re­turned to the is­lands with 85 medals and ev­ery sin­gle dancer qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cham­pi­onships in Kil­lar­ney, Ire­land.

The nine dancers are: Amelia Mor­ri­son, 8, from Iochdar; seven-year- olds Beth and Elise Mor­ri­son, and Olivia Peplin­ska, 8, from Ben­bec­ula; Carly Mackay, 10, and Orfh­laith MacP­hear­son, 15, from Ben­bec­ula; Kayreen Ma­cLeod, 16, of North Uist; Lau­rita Ivanova, 16, and Mhairi­ann MacInnes, 18, both from Ben­bec­ula.

‘For a small school that doesn’t have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­pete reg­u­larly in com­pe­ti­tion, the chil­dren did fan­tas­ti­cally well rep­re­sent­ing the is­lands at a na­tional level,’ said Lorna.

The danc­ing school hopes to se­cure spon­sor­ship to en­able them to travel to Kil­lar­ney for the World Cham­pi­onships in April 2017.

Lorna and the dancers would like to thank Stòras Uib­hist for their help with fund­ing, Tagsa Uib­hist for help­ing with the trans­port and the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their con­tin­ued sup­port at var­i­ous fundrais­ers through­out the year.

Lorna is ex­tremely proud of her dancers and looks for­ward to the chal­lenges ahead and the prepa­ra­tion needed for the run up to the World Cham­pi­onships next year.

The suc­cess­ful dancers.

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