Slessor School excels at World Championships


Five Highland dancers from the Slessor School of Dance recently competed at the World Highland Dancing Championships held in Dunoon.

The three-day event formed part of the Cowal Highland Gathering with the Scottish National Championship taking place on the Thursday, the Scottish Championship and World Qualifying Events being held on the Friday, and culminating in the World Finals on the Saturday.

Caitlin Shepherd (9), Erin Strachan (11), Georgia Murray (16), Keeley Shepherd (16) and Duncan Slessor (27) were all very successful and achieved great results.

Georgia and Duncan even returned home with silverware.

Caitlin received championship points in both the Scottish National and Scottish Championships, Erin came 4th runner-up in the Scottish Championship while Keeley came 4th runner-up in the Scottish National Championship.

Georgia won the 16 Years Scottish National Championship and qualified for the World Junior Championship, while Duncan was 1st runner-up in the Scottish National Championship.

He also qualified for the World Adult Championship where he then received sixth place in the Highland Fling. It was a very emotional time, especially for Georgia, who decided to retire from competitions after her great success at Cowal.

Principal teacher, Jacqueline Slessor, said: “I am extremely proud of what my dancers have achieved.

“The standard of dancing is very high with competitors travelling from all over the world to compete at Cowal. To qualify for the World Finals is an amazing achievement itself, but to have two dancers qualify from the dance school is incredible.”