Falkirk’s Tartantastic set for the jive of their lives

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Schoolgirls are busy polishing their dance steps before the biggest performance of their young lives.

The nine-strong Tartantastic team will be heading to the bright lights of London this weekend to take part in Dance Proms 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tartantistic  from Stenhouse School of Dance are heading to London this weekend''Picture: Alistair Pryde

Tartantistic from Stenhouse School of Dance are heading to London this weekend''Picture: Alistair Pryde

All pupils of the Stenhouse School of Dance in Falkirk, the youngsters are performing at the glittering venue after winning the public vote for the opportunity to dance alongside performers from all over the world.

Aged from nine to 14, they have been practicing their ‘Get Up’ routine at Bannatyne’s gym in Falkirk, courtesy of manager Paul Gregory, who allowed them to use the facilities free of charge.

They are following in the footsteps of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Judy Murray and her partner Anton du Beke, who have also been tripping the light fantastic at the Central Retail Park gym, using it for practice sessions.

Stenhouse teacher Lisa Ambrose said: “Everyone is really excited, but also very proud to be representing Scotland as the only Scottish dancers taking part, and also helping to put Falkirk on the map.”

She revealed that to get the girls used to dancing in a huge space, she had taken them to The Falkirk Wheel and the Helix Park, where they danced in the shadow of the Kelpies.

Lisa added: “The Royal Albert Hall is such a huge venue that they’ve never danced in anything like that before.

“There are about 28 of us going down, which includes mums, dads and other family members. Everyone is delighted that we have been successful at our first attempt to take part in Dance Proms, which is a really prestigious event attracting dancers from all over the world.”

Lisa will also be meeting up with one of her best friends, Maggie Bell, a former Stenhouse pupil who now lives in Tenerife. Members of her dance school will also be performing at the landmark 
venue.