A troupe of dancers had a taste of the showbiz life at the weekend as they took part in a top competition.
And the dream will continue a little longer after they won through to the national finals.
The 42 youngsters, from NRG Performers, took part in the ‘That’s Showbiz Dance Group of the Year’ Scottish heat at Portobello Town Hall on Sunday. In total, they entered five dances between them and three routines were chosen to go through to the finals in Blackpool in January.
And, all of those who entered were included in at least one of the dances which won through to the next round.
Teacher Louisa Ross said: “Myself and Sheila (Morrison, who also runs NRG) were both there and we had great support from the parents too. We just went along not thinking about winning, but just about giving the kids an opportunity because they all just love to perform.
“The standard was really high so we just couldn’t believe it when we got through. It was great that it worked out that everyone was in one of the winning dances.”
The winning dances were a pirates-themed number and a classical dance, performed by the junior dancers, and Monsters, performed by the senior students. The Pirates dance was placed second overall from all the entries as well as receiving an adjudicator’s award, while the Monsters performers picked up a prize for best costumes. All three received the highest marks in their sections.
Louisa added: “The atmosphere was lovely all weekend, We’d never done this competition before so it was great to try something new and different. It was great to meet people from lots of other dance schools too. We’re looking forward to the finals too it will be a great weekend.”
Further heats are taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, before the grand finals at Blackpool Opera House. As well as competing, the dancers will have the chance to take part in workshops with industry professionals. The first placed team will win £1000 cash.