Then came the biggest Highland Dancing competition in the world – the World Championship finals - with dancers from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the USA pitting their skills against the best the UK has to offer.
In the end, it was Scotland’s Ellie Dalrymple from Tranent who emerged victorious in the World Juvenile (Under 16) finals, followed by Elise Cheyne from Ontario with Cyan Macleod, who had come all the way from Victoria in Australia, coming in third. The trophy for best Scottish Juvenile Dancer went to Ellie and best Overseas Juvenile Dancer to Elise.
In the World Junior (Under 18) championship, last year’s Juvenile winner Erin Blair from California just held off the challenge of Scotland’s Michelle Gordon from Huntly (2nd), with Sophie Dunn from Ontario coming third.
The best Scottish Junior Dancer was Michelle, with Erin picking up best Overseas Junior Dancer.
The biggest cheer of the day came when the results of the Adult World Championships were announced.
Last year, Ontario’s Marielle Lesperance pipped Rebecca Thow – originally from Aberdeen but now living in Alberta – to the title.
This year the pair were again inseparable, with both winning two of the four disciplines and coming second in the other two.
However, when the individual dance points were counted, it was Rebecca who came out top. Marielle had to settle for second, with Scotland’s Candice Walker third.
Rebecca is also taking home the Mary McHarg Quaich for best Overseas Adult Dancer. The cup for best Scottish Adult Dancer went to Candice.
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