Two North Island dancers have placed among the top five overall in their divisions, the best showing ever by North Island dancers, at the B.C. Highland Dance Association Closed Championships.
Emily Walker of Port Hardy, and Xandryn Frost of Port McNeill, both 8, competed in the 7 to 9 years category in the annual event, held May 12 in Port Moody. Georgia Walkus of Port Hardy also travelled to the event and competed in a difficult 10 to 11 years Championship group.
Walker placed sixth in the Highland Fling, fourth in the Sword Dance, 6th in the Seann Triubhas, and second in the Strathspey and Half Tullouch. She was awarded the third runner up position overall in the 7-to-9 championship.
Frost placed fourth in the Highland Reel and fifth in the Seann Truibhas. She was awarded fifth runner up overall in the 7 – 9 Championship.
North Island dance instructor Teresa Charlton noted that these are the highest placings ever achieved by North Island dancers.
About 15 dancers at various levels will travel from the North Island to Edmonton to dance at the week-long competition held as a part of the Canadian Scotdance Championships in July.