Dancers kick up their heels

With over 160 dancers competing in all levels,the competition was tough

On Nov. 5, a group of dancers from the Campbell River Highland Dance Association made the journey down island to compete in the 17th Annual Duncan Competition.

With over 160 dancers competing in all levels, including some Provincial champions and top ranked National competitors, the competition was tough for the local girls.

Breagh Kobayashi had a stellar day which included four medal performances, first – Strathspey and Highland Reel, second Seann Truibhas and two third place finishes in the Sword dance and the Highland Fling in the Novice 14 and over category.

Kobayashi is striving to reach the Intermediate level and all the hard work is starting to pay off with results like this.

Davan McEachren can breath a sigh of relief as a strong performance in the Beginner 9 Years old Strathspey and Highland Reel netted her the Gold Medal and a long awaited move up to the Novice category. Her practice in the studio has paid off and I’m sure with continued hard work the results in the higher level will continue to roll in.

Another dancer enjoying a fine day was Emily Hill, competing in the tough Intermediate 12 & over group, Hill high cutted her way to two third place finishes in the Fling and the Sean Truibhas.

She will be soon moving up to the top Premier level and the top finishes should keep on coming with the effort she puts in on a weekly basis with her teacher.

The local dancers are all excited about a two week tour of Scotland which is upcoming this summer.

They will not only get to travel the old country, but will also compete in three competitions while in the birthplace of Highland dancing.

This will be an experience none of them will ever forget.

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