Burntisland dancers step in time to land Disney awards

The girls show off their trophies and medals with dance teacher Andrea McDonald. Pic: Michael Booth
The girls show off their trophies and medals with dance teacher Andrea McDonald. Pic: Michael Booth

A group of dancers from a Burntisland dance school travelled to Paris to take part in a unique event where they scooped an armful of trophies and medals.

Highland dance pupils at the Andrea McDonald School of Highland Dance took part in the annual International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance, now in its fourth year, held at Disneyland Paris last month.

Dancers aged between six and 17-years-old from the school showcased their talent along with 300 other performers from all over the world including America, Canada and Northern Ireland.

Having already taken a small group of dancers to the festival in 2011, teacher Andrea decided to return this year with her class.

She said: “We applied to take part in the overall event but we had to audition to take part in the big parade.

“We had to film a dance piece and send it off to Disney for them to approve which was quite nerve-wracking,” Andrea continued.

“It was great to be chosen to take part in the parade although it was only open for those over the age of eight.

“The girls had to dance over the cobbles and tram tracks for about 25 minutes and they really did amazingly well.

The dancers put their skills to the test by performing Highland dance routines choreographed to a number of Disney songs.

The girls also took part in the parade down the main street of the theme park where spectators had lined the street to watch the unique event take place.

For their efforts, the talented students took home nine of the unusual trophies adorned with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in total.

They scooped awards including a choreography trophy for their routine to the Mary Poppins hit song Step in Time, over all and runner up trophies at beginner, novice and intermediate levels.

The girls also took home a collection of over 70 medals shaped like the well-loved Disney mouse.

And Andrea is hugely proud of her class and what they all acheived at the highland dance festival.

She said: “The girls all did so well in Paris and I am so incredibly proud of them all for all the hard work that they put in.

“They all took part in a number of different fundraising events beforehand to help pay for the journey themselves which was great.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience for them to take part in,” Andrea continued.

“Getting the chance to perform to such a large crowd in such a unique setting with the famous Disney castle in the background was just fantastic for the girls.

“I just can’t say how proud I am of them, the whole thing has been such a great experience and we all had so much fun which is what is important,” she added.