MORE than 140 Buchan pupils gathered last week to show off their dancing skills at the first ever Mintlaw network Dance Festival.
Pupils from eight schools in the Mintlaw network had been learning ballroom and Latin dances - the Tango and Merengue - and battled against each other to be announced overall winners.
Dance lessons were delivered to the pupils over a six-week period by dance instructor David Robinson, which were organised as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Active Schools programme.
The pupils took part in ‘Strictly’-style dance-offs where they were judged and whittled down to a final six for both dances.
The project is part of an ongoing drive by the council’s Active Schools team to provide children with new and exciting physical activity opportunities.
Active Schools co-ordinator Patricia Brown told the Buchanie: “The dance lessons have played a tremendous part in bringing the young people of central Buchan together. It also encourages the development of physical skills such as stamina, strength and co-ordination as well as developing confidence, team-work and self-esteem, but most of all, it is fun.”
Both winning dance couples were from Maud School, with Rebecca Morrison and Jordan Mowat being finalists for the Tango and Edward Rees and Daniela Phelan for the Merengue.
Headteacher at the school, Janet Hill, was delighted that the pupils’ efforts had been recognised.
“It’s fantastic that the primary 7 pupils done so well at the dance festival, we are very proud of them,” she said.
“The school saw them dancing this afternoon and they were all magnificent. The class are a great bunch of children and have done well in everything they’ve took part in this past year at school.
“They were all very enthusiastic about the project and it was a good part of the transition process for the pupils who will attend Mintlaw Academy after summer.”