James McCorkindale’s dancers round off successful season

Most of the members of James McCorkindale School of Dancing among a sea of silverware from the 2019 season.
Most of the members of James McCorkindale School of Dancing among a sea of silverware from the 2019 season.

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The members of the James McCorkindale School of Dancing gathered on Monday for a photograph with the plethora of shields and trophies they won in 2019.

Days before, on Saturday December 7, the Highland dancers put on two sold-out shows, titled Celtic Heritage, to celebrate the end of the 2019 season.

Southend’s Dunaverty Hall was the venue for both performances, one at 2pm, followed by afternoon tea, and the other at 8pm, after which there was a licensed bar.

Among the dances which were performed on Saturday was Life in the Scottish Coal Mine, the dance which won the school second place in the group choreography event and $750 at the United States Highland Dancing Championships in Las Vegas in July.

All 13 dancers who made the ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to America were placed in the individual Highland competitions, taking home an impressive 16 gold medals and four overall section trophies.

Among the school’s other highlights was Cowal Highland Gathering, where nine members took home trophies, making it the school’s most successful trip to Cowal ever.

At the August competition, Linzi Cameron won the Islay Trophy for first place in the Argyll Championship, adult section; Solana McMurchy won the DA Martin Memorial Cup for first place in the Argyll Championship, 12 and 13 years; Taylor McMillan won the Gerald and Mary Simmons Memorial Trophy for first place in Intermediate, 13 years and under; Korri McMillan won the Isa and Duncan Lauder Memorial Trophy for first place in Novice, nine years and under; Emma Johnston won the Corrigal Black Trophy for first place in Beginners, eight years and under; Emma Millar won the Christina McGeachy Trophy for second place in Novice, 10 to 13 years; Ellie Gorman won the Achamore Shield for second place in Novice, nine years and under; Sophie Galbraith won the Bincow Cup for third place in the Argyll Championship, 11 years and under; and Lisa McKellar won the JoAnne McGeachy Trophy for fourth place in the Argyll Championship, 14 and 15 years.

There are currently about 60 dancers in the group, some of whom train as often as four times a week.

After their photograph on Monday evening, James presented each dancer with a selection box which they will hopefully enjoy during a well deserved break before they resume their training for the forthcoming season on January 6.