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Two local dancers gain top placings at prestigious event

The seventh Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance North American Conference and James L. McKenzie and Elspeth Strathern Scholarship took place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Moncton, N.B.

Seven dancers from the Holly MacDonald-Bent School of Dance and the Brenda MacKay School of Dancing were selected to attend this most prestigious event. The dancers had to perform a Trubute to JL MacKenzie, a solo choreography, take a written test and join in a master class.

The adjudicators for the weekend were Sheena McDonald, Gregor Bowman, Myra Miller and Candice Walker of Scotland and Ann Milne and Bill Troock of Canada.

Two of the dancers came home with top placings amongst 44 dancers from across North America in the junior section (ages 10- 13 from grades 1-3 grade examinations). Congratulations go out to all dancers who participated as it is an honour to get selected and in particular our two winners.

In the Master Class, Annika Murray was 1st and Ainslie Salter tied for 4th. In the written paper Ainslie came 5th. The Tribute saw Ainslie 1st and Annika 2nd and the final component was the choreography which Annika was 1st.

Annika Murray, 11 years of age of Greenhill, won the overall cup and scholarship and Ainslie Salter, 13 years of age of Stellarton, came 2nd representing their dance schools, Pictou County and Nova Scotia well.

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