Falkirk dancers win top titles at British championships

Dancers Matilda Jackson (9) and Rebecca Hutchins (16)
Dancers Matilda Jackson (9) and Rebecca Hutchins (16)
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Dancers Rebecca Hutchins and Matilda Jackson are celebrating after taking top titles at the British championships in Blackpool.

Rebecca (16) was runner up in the senior ballet championships, while nine-year-old Matilda came third in ballet and sixth in modern.

The competition was an emotional one for former Falkirk High pupil Rebecca, as this was her last one ever - she’s now heading to London to study a three-year diploma in musical theatre at the Urdang Academy.

Rebecca said: “From 80 dancers, the best six are chosen to dance in the final. I was over the moon. It was great to finish on a high, but it was really emotional too.”

Rebecca, of Larbert, is no stranger to top titles – she was named British Ballet champion back in 2010, and has a whole host of trophies from her years at McKechnie School of Dance.

She’s now preparing to leave mum Frances, dad Alan and big brother Christopher behind for her new adventures.

She said: “I am really excited because I’ve always wanted to go to Urdang. My mum is so nervous, but she knows it’s for the best. I’m moving down at the end of August and I’ll be staying with a host family –there are 20 other people from the course staying in the same place so that’ll be good! I think deep down Christopher will miss me – he’ll enjoy the peace and quiet too though.”

This was Wallacestone Primary pupil Matilda’s first trip to the British Championships so she was delighted to make two finals. Matilda, who lives with parents Arlene and Darren and little brother Fletcher in Reddingmuirhead, dreams of following in Rebecca’s footsteps to London.

Arlene said: “Rebecca is Matilda’s hero. It was really nervewracking watching her dance, and there were some really talented dancers there, but it was a great experience.”