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Dancers do Huntly proud in America

By Sarah Roger

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Huntly dancing duo live out their American dream and take home Highland Dancing titles and prizes, including overall champion.

Georgina Andrew from Huntly and Molly Smith from Cairnie, who are both 20, performed with Highland Echoes Dance Company at the Appalachian Theatre in Boone, North Carolina, and competed in part of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

Both dancers attend Brenda Gordon School of Dance, where Molly's aunties Laura and Sarah-Ann, along with her gran Brenda, are her teachers. The talented family are very proud of their latest winners.

"We are extremely proud of both girls," commented dance teacher Laura Smith. "They had a wonderful experience performing at four shows with a live band along with a group of dancers from all over America and Canada."

At the Grandfather Mountain Highland games Molly won first place champion in the adult 18 and over section in the Atlantic International Championship and overall champion of the entire competition. This is Molly's first championship win and she received three large trophies and money prizes.

Georgina won fourth runner up in the same section.

Molly said: "It was an amazing feeling winning the championship. It's something I've really hard for over lockdown.

"It was such a nice, relaxed atmosphere at the championship as it was held outdoors at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. I'm so lucky to have been able to visit such a beautiful part of the USA."

Molly has no plans to slow down now that this adventure is over.

"I'm going to continue competing every weekend at Highland games, championships and displays.

"I'd love to compete abroad again."

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