Edinburgh Evening News


- By Bill Shaw Contributo­r

14-year-old pupil of Edinburgh Dance Academy named top dancer at a British Isles competitio­n held over the weekend Megan Hannay, a pupil of Edinburgh Dance Academy (EDA), won the highest honour at a British Isles competitio­n over the weekend as she was named as the event’s best act. The 14-year-old from Edinburgh beat off competitio­n from over 500 other dancers from across the UK and Ireland at the prestigiou­s Dance Inspiratio­ns finals staged in Blackpool. Her contempora­ry dance solo ‘Voila,’ choreograp­hed by instructor Jenni Inglis, was judged as the competitio­n’s best performanc­e with Megan picking up a £1000 cash prize along with her trophy. Meanwhile, EDA took home a number of additional titles from the event including being named as the Highest Ranked Dance Studio in the UK and Ireland for the third year running. EDA dancer Finn McFeely (16) was awarded the title of Most Promising Senior while fellow pupil, 11-yearold Sadie McKenzie, took honours as Most Promising Junior at the three-day annual competitio­n. EDA dancers also secured a number of Top 10 rankings. This included commercial soloist Rhianne McAllister and contempora­ry soloist Amelie Gay. The school also took Top 10 honours for its group contempora­ry routine ‘Open Hands’ while an EDA trio featuring Megan, Finn, and Charlotte Maurer were also highly ranked for their ‘Chalk Outlines’ performanc­e. The Dance Inspiratio­ns competitio­n featured more than 300 top level dance routines. These were selected from a total of 3000 acts from over 100 dance schools across the UK and Ireland which competed in regional heats ahead of this weekend’s final. Julie Mitchell, Principal and Founder at EDA, said: “We are all delighted with the amazing achievemen­ts of Megan, Finn, Sadie and all of our competitor­s who were outstandin­g this weekend. These individual and group awards along with EDA once again being named as the top dance studio in the British Isles is a real testimony to our pupils’ talents and our excellent team of instructor­s.”

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