Group dances to victory
Eric Baxter • Published 7 Dec 2012 15:00
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DAZZLING DANCERS: The trophy-laden members of Inverclyde dance group Dancemania.
A LOCAL dance group swept rivals off their feet to claim a series of major victories during a hugely successful year.
Dancemania Dance Group of Inverclyde is celebrating a very successful season and teacher Ann Marie Campbell told the Tele she was 'delighted' with her girls' achievements.
The steady stream of trophies and titles follows the group adding new dance styles to their hectic timetable, including lyrical and slow dance, with both proving popular.
Anne Marie said: "Lauren Kane and Gemma Campbell also successfully qualified as cheer coaches with the United States All Star Federation and they will be an asset to the cheer squad in the forthcoming season."
Dancemania's competitive classes are known as 'DM Diamondz' and this season their junior level two squad took a national title during a contest at the Kelvin Hall, while the youth section were runners-up.
Anne Marie said: "This was a fantastic achievement, as they only took up cheerleading 18 months ago. This season DM Diamondz will have four squads competing."
The Diamondz girls are fresh from making their way on the freestyle circuit this year with six teams - three in the adult section and three in the under-12.
Anne Marie said: "They competed in freestyle, hip hop and pom dance and were amazed when every routine secured first place. The students also took part in pairs and solos and every pupil was placed and the Diamond girls returned to Greenock with a total of 78 trophies."
A spectacular Dancemania/ Diamondz show ensured that the season ended in fine style, with a whole host of individual accolades picked up by the dedicated dancers.
Anne Marie said: "Beth McCowan was the winner of the Abigael Thomlinson Memorial Trophy for the Junior Star of the Show, Kaitlin Middleton won the Houston Memorial Trophy for Junior Smiler of the Show, Kennedie Allan took the Alex Straiton Memorial Shield for Smiler of the Show and Taylor McGachy won the Houston Memorial Shield for Overall Star of the Show."
Ann Marie today praised all of her pupils and their parents for their enthusiasm.
She said: "The parents and pupils put in so much commitment and dedication, and I really appreciate this as team work is essential throughout our classes."
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 07 Dec 12