Stenhousemuir dancers head to London dance proms

The Tartantastic team from Stenhouse School of Dance who will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in November''Picture: Michael Gillen
The Tartantastic team from Stenhouse School of Dance who will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in November''Picture: Michael Gillen

Delighted young performers from Falkirk are heading to London later this year to have a starring role in a dance 
extravaganza.

The youngsters from Stenhouse School of Dance will take part in Dance Proms 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, November 2.

And the 10 schoolgirls, aged from nine to 14, who make up the Tartantastic team, will be heading to the bright lights thanks to family, friends and supporters.

On Tuesday they learned they had received the most votes from the public after reaching the final three shortlist.

Teacher Lisa Ambrose said: “We’ve had a long wait since the voting closed but we were delighted to learn that we received half the votes cast and are going to London.

“Everyone is really excited as 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.”

The youngsters, who will perform ‘Get Up’, have been working hard practising their moves and, when the new session starts in August, the focus will be on ensuring they don’t put a foot wrong when they take to the stage in the landmark venue.

Along with dancers from schools and companies across the UK, the Falkirk girls will be sharing the stage with performers from Malta, Israel and Tenerife.

However, those from the Spanish company already have a local connection as it was set up and is run by Maggie Bell, a former Stenhouse pupil who now lives in Tenerife.

Lisa added: “I was best friends with Maggie at St Mungo’s High School and we have always kept in touch. She is a former member of Falkirk Youth Theatre and eventually went to Paris to dance with the Bluebell Girls.

“We’ve been setting up links between Stenhouse and Bell Theatre and Dance Company and I’m shortly going out to help her with a project there.

“It’s amazing to think that we will both have dancers sharing the same stage.”

Dance Proms hasn’t been the only good news for the dance school this week as it was also revealed that they are through to the final of the competition to find Scotland’s Best Dance Act which takes place at the SECC in August.