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Local competitors do well at nationals


WINNIPEG – Two Pictou County highland dancers received nine medals from the national championships last week.

Annika Murray of Greenhill and Emma Hines of Durham competed in the Scotdance Canada Championship Series 2016, held in Winnipeg July 6-10. They were part of the 19-member team from Nova Scotia.

Both girls attend the Holly MacDonald-Bent School of Dance, and qualified for Scotdance as provincial champions in their age categories.

Murray is the 10 and under 12 Nova Scotia Champion, representing the province for the fourth straight year. Hines is the 16 and under 18 Nova Scotia Champion, representing the province for the sixth year.

Murray finished in sixth place in her sword dance in the championships, one of only four in the province to do so. She also placed third in the Lilt, fourth in the Jig and sixth in the Earl in the Premier 11 years group at the Premier National Competition on July 9.

Hines placed sixth in the Fling and fourth in the Sean Triubhas in the Premier 16 years division in the Premier Highland Competition on July 7. In the Premier National Competition on July 9, she finished with a seventh place in Lilt and eighth places in both Jig and Earl.

This year’s championship series involved a total of 556 dancers registered from across Canada, the United States and Scotland.

Annika Murray of Greenhill and Emma Hines of Durham competed in the Scotdance Canada Championship Series 2016, held in Winnipeg July 6-10. They were part of the 19-member team from Nova Scotia.

Both girls attend the Holly MacDonald-Bent School of Dance, and qualified for Scotdance as provincial champions in their age categories.

Murray is the 10 and under 12 Nova Scotia Champion, representing the province for the fourth straight year. Hines is the 16 and under 18 Nova Scotia Champion, representing the province for the sixth year.

Murray finished in sixth place in her sword dance in the championships, one of only four in the province to do so. She also placed third in the Lilt, fourth in the Jig and sixth in the Earl in the Premier 11 years group at the Premier National Competition on July 9.

Hines placed sixth in the Fling and fourth in the Sean Triubhas in the Premier 16 years division in the Premier Highland Competition on July 7. In the Premier National Competition on July 9, she finished with a seventh place in Lilt and eighth places in both Jig and Earl.

This year’s championship series involved a total of 556 dancers registered from across Canada, the United States and Scotland.

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