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Dozens turn out for Thurso Highland dance festival


By Gregor White

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Winners in the festival's intermediate and premier categories.
Winners in the festival's intermediate and premier categories.

The Thurso Festival of Highland Dancing was an impressive affair when it was held at Keiss Hall last month.

Run by the Mina Mackay School of Dance on Saturday, June 15 competitors came from across the Highlands and Orkney to take part.

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Judges for the event were Rosalie Miller, from Edinburgh, and Rebecca Fairbairn from the Lanarkshire area.

Piper for the festival was Jack Manson, from Thurso.

The beginner and novice trophy winners.
The beginner and novice trophy winners.

A total of 92 dancers competed, from the age of four years old and up.

As well as trophies for each section the festival saw the presentation of a nunber of overall trophies as well.

The Overall Beginner Dancer title went to Alanna Campbell, from Thurso, and Casey Macdonald of Forss.

Primary dancers at the event, all aged four to six years old.
Primary dancers at the event, all aged four to six years old.

The competition’s Overall Novice Dancer was named as Katrina MacArthur, from Dingwall.

The Overall Premier Dancer of the day was Carly Harrold, from Wick, while the dance school that had re-ceived the most points at the end of the competition was named as the Elise Lyall School of Dance, which is also based in Wick.


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