A winning trip for Grangemouth dance trio

Anthea Bundy won a haul of awards in Canada
Anthea Bundy won a haul of awards in Canada

A trio of Grangemouth dancers swept the boards at a Canadian Highland dance competition,

Anthea Bundy (17) and twins Ava and Carmen Judge (both 6) travelled over to Edmonton, Alberta to take part in Scotdance Canada - one of the most prestigious competitions in the Highland dancing calendar.

Anthea, who will be attending Knightswood School to study musical theatre in August after leaving St Mungo’s, scooped so many awards, she couldn’t get them all home!

She said: “I was really pleased with my performance and had a great time at the competition. I competed at it in 2006 but they change the venue every year and so I got to see another part of the country. It was set in a mall so I also got to do some shopping in between competitions, very handy!”

Anthea, who studies dance at Delma Wilson in Forfar, won the Highland, national, championship and the jig and horn pipe under 18 competitions and was awarded best overseas dancer title and the best dancer in the series.

“There were so many medals and trophies I couldn’t fit them all in my suitcase. Luckily a few of the Canadian dancers are coming to Scotland next month and said they would bring the rest over with them.”

The teenage dancer will compete in the World Highland Dancing Championships next month. After being placed second last year, despite being one of the youngest competitors in the under 18 section, she hopes to win the 2012 event.

Carmen and Ava Judge impressed at the contest, with Ava winning two titles in the six years and under category and coming second on another and Carmen scooping two seconds and a third - placing them in the top two for their age group.

Proud mum Nadine, who runs McKechnie School of Dance in Grangemouth with mum Irene McKechnie, said the girls did incredibly well.

“Highland dancing is really popular in Canada and America and some of the best competitors in the world come from there. They were up against some brilliant dancers and I’m really pleased with how they were placed.

“Scotdance Canada is one of the biggest events in Highland dancing so it was lovely for my mum, who teaches them in Highland, to see her granddaughters win against such strong competition.”