Talented ballerinas take steps to success

Talented ballet dancers
Talented ballet dancers

Two girls from The Linda Lowry School of Ballet in Bearsden have won all of the top championship awards in Scotland for ballet this year.

Emma Jones (16), who is a pupil at Glasgow Academy and lives in Bearsden, won the Senior Scottish Ballet Championship at The British Association of Teachers of Dance Festival in Helensburgh earlier this year.

She followed this up with victory in the Senior Central Scottish Ballet Championship at the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance Festival in Dumbarton.

Meanwhile fellow dance student, thirteen-year-old Ellis Derrick, who is so dedicated that she travels all the way from her home in Bishopbriggs to classes in Bearsden five days a week, won The Junior Scottish Ballet Championship at The British Association of Teachers of Dance Festival in Helensburgh.

She also picked up a trophy in the Junior Central Scottish Ballet Championship and the Junior Central Scottish Song and Dance Championship at the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance Festival in Dumbarton.

Mrs Lowry said she was delighted with the girl’s achievement and all the hard work they have put in to get to such a high standard.

She said: “I thought the girls danced beautifully and their success was well deserved, I was extremely proud of them and with all the children from the school who took part winning numerous trophies, section and overall medals.

“It is testament to the hard work and dedication of both our dancers and our teachers that we had three girls in the Junior Ballet final.

“Sarah Dougall aged 12 from Milngavie who attends Douglas Academy was placed fifth and Caroline Jones aged 13 from Bearsden, and a pupil at Glasgow Academy placed sixth. We also had two in the Senior Ballet final. Isabella Zych-Watson (15) from Gartocharn and a pupil at Balfron High also placed 3rd.”

The Linda Lowry School of Dance was established in 1985 and is now renowned for delivering dance lessons of the highest quality. Classes are available from three-year-olds to student level, with youngsters attending one or two lessons a week either as a hobby or more serious study.