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Stuart Gillespie

Nearly 200 Stewartry schoolchildren gather at Dalbeattie Learning Campus for Day of Dance

Nearly 200 children from primary schools across the Stewartry took part in a Day of Dance at Dalbeattie Learning Campus.

Teams from Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas, Gelston and Crossmichael, Hardgate, Springholm, Borgue and Auchencairn had the chance to show off the Scottish country dances they have been learning.

The dances have been taught by Active Schools staff, schools staff and some wonderful volunteers using the Jigs and Reels resource created by the Scottish Schools Group – a branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society.

Nine dances were performed during the morning, all compèred by Jane Riddet, a key member of the Scottish Schools Group and a member of the Active Schools and community sport coaching team. She even managed to get all staff taking part in the Virgina Reel.

Pupils enjoying the dancing. (Bobby Geddes)

She said: “Seeing so many schools using the Jigs and Reels resource to learn these dances is fabulous and our aim is to see all schools with this resource and continuing to teach these traditional dances to all young children – another fantastic event in the Stewartry that I was able to attend.”

Learning campus sports leaders ensured the event ran smoothly and particular thanks wewnt to senior sports leader Shannon who piped the pupils around the hall during the ceremonial opening.

There was also support from the Castle Douglas branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, with both David Foreman and Sheila Crosthwaite keen to witness the development of country dancing in schools.

Getting into the swing of things. (Bobby Geddes)

Mr Foreman said: “The pupils’ enthusiasm to the dances was just tremendous and what you were hit with first was the sheer volume of people in the room all dancing together with smiles on their faces. It was so encouraging to see.”

Chairman of the council’s education and learning committee, Councillor Jeff Leaver, said: “This energetic event showcases the real enthusiasm and skill our pupils have for Scottish country dancing and more importantly allows all schools and all pupils the opportunity to come together and perform inclusively.

“To increase numbers performing to almost 200 in two years really highlights the appetite and enthusiasm for Scottish Country Dancing in our Stewartry schools have.”

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