Teenagers take to the dance floor to teach

YDance dancers
YDance dancers

A total of 53 teenage girls from across North Lanarkshire recently completed a qualification to teach dance classes.

The youngsters, including girls from Kilsyth Academy, trained for the Award in Dance Leadership (Level 1) with YDance - part of the Sctive Girls programme funded by sportscotland.

It’s a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups in dance activities, whilst under the supervision of their tutor, an assessor or other suitably qualified adult.

The course is also designed to developing their leadership and communication skills, how to plan and deliver a quality dance lesson and a host of other skills that will ensure they finish the course as qualified dance leaders.

Sarah Smith, YDance active acting project coordinator, 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”

The YDance Active project has delivered over 60 Award in Dance Leadership courses since it began in September 2012, with over 7,400 participants in Day Dance Workshops in 28 local authorities across Scotland - over 1,300 of which have achieved an Award in Dance Leadership.