Days of dance reel in the schools

Kirkinner SGGY 190313 7
Kirkinner SGGY 190313 7

The 2013 Wigtownshire Primary Schools Days of Dance Festival was held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in the Douglas Ewart High School and Stranraer Academy respectively.

Boys and girls from primary one to primary seven took part at various stages. During the four daytime sessions the children danced “Rabbie’s Reel” (one they had prepared at school) followed by some step practice taken by Mrs Strain.

The children then went on to learn two new dances and performed them to a good standard. The first, called “Galloway Lads and Lassies”, was composed by Mr Willie Little especially for the Days of Dance. The second, from the new Graded Book of Dances, was called “The Red Nose Jig”. This was chosen by Mrs Strain as most of the children had been fundraising to celebrate Red Nose Day the previous Friday.

The children danced really well. Even the little primary ones, who came along on Wednesday morning, managed to complete all three dances. The children were a credit to their schools.

Seven teams took part in this year’s festival competition held at the Douglas Ewart High School on Tuesday evening. Once again Mr Little, RSCDS, Castle Douglas, had very kindly agreed to adjudicate, with Mrs Lynn McShane as his scribe for the evening.

At the end of the competition it was Wigtown A Team, dancing “The Granville Market”, just easing out Whithorn, who danced “The White Cockade”, into second place by one point. The third choice of dance was “The Ferry Louper. The live music was provided by Ewan McGowan and Ian Kirkpatrick from Dumfries.

Thanks to Mr Little for adjudicating our competition and Mrs McShane for scribing. A huge thank you to all the teachers and staff who helped and worked so hard with the children both on and prior to the days and to the children who danced so well and tried their best, making the Days of Dance so successful. Thanks also to the staff of the DEHS and Stranraer Academy who were most helpful.

Once again the organisers are indebted to their main sponsors, the Newton Stewart and District Round Table and the Machars Lions. Thanks also to all the local Scottish country dance classes and businesses, such as Simpson’s the Baker, Stranraer, who supported this event.