THESE twinkle-toed Greenock school pupils were a step ahead as they triumphed at the Music Festival.

Eight talented teams from Ardgowan Primary competed in the Scottish country dancing competitions at the annual event.

All their hard work paid off as four teams took home major trophies - including the P6/7 girls Ailsa team who won the Major Mitchie trophy.

Also winning silverware was the P5/6 mixed team who took home the William Gordon trophy and the P5 girls Arran team who claimed the Clune Park trophy.

The P5 mixed team won the RSCDS West Renfrewshire Cup plus the Robert McNab trophy for best performance at this year's festival.

They were presented with the prize after performing at the Grand Final concert on Saturday evening.

Helen Cunningham, voluntary Scottish country dance teacher at the school, said: "All the dancers worked extremely hard, especially in the two weeks leading up to the event in January and showed great dedication and commitment.

"The whole school including the staff and parents were so supportive.

"The young people attend weekly classes throughout the year with the focus on fun and exercise.

"It was a very special and proud afternoon at the town hall."

Pupil Isla Cunningham, said she enjoyed learning Scottish Country dancing.

The 11-year-old said: "It was a shock to win especially as we were dancing against lots of other schools."

Fellow pupil Nathan McDonald said he was thrilled to be part of the winning mixed team.

He said: "I was nervous at first but when we actually started, I didn't feel nervous.

"It felt good to win."

Ben Duffy, 10, added: "I like the music and the rhythm of the dance.

"The reason I took part was because Mrs Cunningham was my mum's Scottish country dance teacher too when she was at school."