A TROU of dancers from Clydebank are expected to represent Scotland at a world competition later this month.
A group of 14 dancers from the Hunter School of Dance, based at Clydebank Business Park, qualified to represent Scotland at the Dance World Cup, one of the biggest competitions in the world.
The team initially qualified for the 2020 event, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition has been postponed to 2021.
The finals will now be held August 9-19.
Debbie Hunter Mills, principal of the dance school, told the Post, “We are a relatively new school and 2020 was the first time we auditioned for the Dance World Cup.
“This is the biggest competition we will ever participate in, with over 120,000 competitors from 62 countries competing.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than representing your country and this competition is really the Olympic Games of the dance world, that’s what everyone aspires to.
“The finals are usually held in a different country each year – 2020 was supposed to be Rome and 2021 was supposed to be Spain, but we’re instead in Telford this year, which is understandable given the current situation with Covid-19 .
“We qualified for a total of 79 dances, including solos, duets, trios and groups, and were honored to receive two special audition awards for the top rated routines from across the country.”
Debbie said the team have worked tirelessly to prepare for the competition and have remained strong in the face of adversity.
She added: “We were working really hard for the 2020 final when the lockdown hit and everything came to a halt.
“The girls were absolutely amazing and continued to work fully on Zoom and the online sessions to keep them training and staying fit.
“I cannot congratulate them enough. They remodeled entire houses and got rid of the furniture just to give them space to practice.
“For us as teachers it was very difficult and I can only imagine how difficult it was for the children as well.
“It’s so nice to see them regain that sense of camaraderie and teamwork that they have been missing for so long.
“As a teacher, you can’t ask for anything more.
“The youngsters at the school really admire the team that will compete in the Dance World Cup and it’s nice to see them have something to aspire to.
Hunter School of Dance would like to thank its sponsors for helping them participate in the competition.