A young Leven Highland dancer has added to her already groaning trophy cabinet with a Disney tinged win at the a gathering of Scottish Highland dancers in Paris.
Six-year-old Georgia Ferguson danced her way to the top spot last weekend in an international competition, surrounded by the magic of Disneyland® Paris.
Scoring the overall Highland Trophy in the under seven category, she was overjoyed to perform and to win.
“To say she was very happy is an understatement,” said Lee Ferguson, Georgia’s dad. “She was completely overjoyed. She just absolutely loved the experience and she loves dancing. It was a brilliant weekend.”
The usual joy surrounding the run-up to the comeptition was shrouded by the devastating Paris attacks on November 13.
As the city and the world reacted and rallied in response to the terrorist shootings in the French captial, Disneyland Paris made the decision to re-open the park.
“The build up to the event was trying,” said David Bridge, managing director of Take Us 2 The Magic, event organisers. “All things considered the event operated perfectly, everything was in place, remained in place and and it worked superbly.
“All those who attended the Gathering were wonderful. All the dancers were a credit to themselves, their parents, their teachers and the world of Scottish highland dancing.
“It was a little bit of magic amidst the tragic events.”
Georgia, a pupil at Mountfleurie Primary School was encouraged by her dance teacher at McKay School of Dance to consider competing and she, her brother James, her mum Cheryl and dad Lee, reassured by the Foreign Office, travelled to Paris to showcase her skills.
“We did have some reservations about attending but Georgia had been looking forward to the competition and working hard towards it for over a year,” Lee explained.
“The competition itself - which initially was to be held in Paris - had been relocated to within the Disneyland® Paris resort for safety and as a result of this we felt confident enough to travel to the event.
“We are glad that we did attend and did not let the events of the previous week stop us as it proved to be an amazing opportunity filled with wonderful memories for both Georgia and ourselves.
“We were very well looked after by the organisers of the event and by Disney as well during our visit.
“She has been competing for about two years now. Despite her age she is used to performing at Highland Games, competitions where audiences can range from 50 people to 300 and more, so she was not phased by the crowd at all.
“She has always loved dancing and after we enrolled her in classes at McKay’s dance school - she just took to it massively and continues to love it.”