Teenagers step for dance course

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More than 30 teenage girls from East Dunbartonshire have been training for an award in dance leadership (Level 1) with YDance at Kilmardinny Arts Centre.

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

The girls involved from Bearsden Academy, Bishopbriggs Academy, Douglas Academy, Lenzie Academy, Kirkintilloch High School, St Ninians High School and Turnbull High School will be developing their leadership and communication skills, how to plan and deliver a quality dance lesson and lots of other skills that will ensure they finish the course as qualified dance leaders.

The Level 1 in dance leadership is a nationally recognised qualification and it is one of over 60 award in dance leadership courses that the YDance Active project has delivered since it began in September 2012.

Over 1000 young dance leaders who can inspire dance activities for other young people in their school and communities have been created across Scotland as a result of the sessions.

Lisa Yip, YDance Active Project Coordinator, said: “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.”

YDance Active is part of the Active Girls programme which is funded by Sportscotland and in line with the Scottish Government’s active policy framework.