Mintlaw girls train to be dance leaders with YDance

The group of teenage girls who trained to become dance leaders last week.
The group of teenage girls who trained to become dance leaders last week.

Girls from Mintlaw Academy are among 14 teenage girls from North Aberdeenshire are who trained for an Award in Dance Leadership (Level 1) with YDance last week, at MacDuff Primary School.

The course was delivered through the YDance Active project which is offered to schools across Scotland, inspiring teenage girls to get active.

The girls involved from Mintlaw Academy, Alford Academy, Banff Academy, and Westhill Academy developed their leadership and communication skills, and were shown how to plan and deliver a quality dance lesson and a host of other skills that ensured they finished the course as qualified dance leaders.

Mintlaw students were Taylor Erridge, Heather Gerrard, Melissa Pennie and Jordan Ramsay.

The Level 1 in Dance Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups in dance activities, while under the supervision of their tutor/assessor or other suitably qualified adult.

Commenting on the project, Lisa Yip, YDance Active project co-ordinator said: “YDance Active has been running these courses since September 2012 and the response from the participants has been overwhelming.

“We can see them working together, developing these skills, growing in confidence and now they will have a nationally recognised qualification which will allow them to champion dance in their local communities”