Grangemouth twins dance their way to Canada double

Ava and Carmen with their prizes
Ava and Carmen with their prizes
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Twin sisters Carmen and Ava Judge are proving to be double trouble in the international dancing world!

The seven-year-olds travelled to Montreal to compete in the ScotDance Canada Championships – and walked away with a Highland Dance title each!

Judges loved the Judges; Picture by Michael Gillen (131646)

Judges loved the Judges; Picture by Michael Gillen (131646)

Mum Nadine, who runs McKechnie School of Dance, was there to cheer the girls on – along with their proud gran, Irene, who teaches them Highland.

Nadine said: “We went to the competition last year as well and while they’re keen and eager to dance we decided this was a good opportunity for them, and we could make a holiday of it too.

“It also gives them the chance to meet children their age from around the world.”

On the Thursday, the girls performed three dances, with Carmen winning the overall title, and Ava coming runner up in their age group.

Then on the Saturday they performed again, and this time Ava was the champion, with Carmen coming second.

They were presented with beautiful glass trophies which are theirs to keep, along with a whole bundle of medals – in total Ava won three first places, two seconds and a fourth, while Carmen won three firsts and three seconds.

Nadine said: “We were over the moon when they both won a trophy because there were so many really nice dancers there.

“We were all ecstatic because they do work so hard – it was especially nice for my mum because she teaches them.

“They really look after the children well out there, because it is Canada’s biggest championship – the equivalent to our Cowal games.”

There’s no rest for the girls now as all the biggest dance championships take place over the summer.

This week they’re performing a bit closer to home - Carmen and Ava will be joining hundreds of 
dancers from across the area to take part in the Zetland Festival in Grangemouth.