Dancers place in V.I. games

North Island dancers place in Highland competitions.

Kristen Clair and Madison Grenier of Port Hardy each claimed overall aggregate trophies in Highland dancing at the recent Vancouver Island highland games in Cumberland.

Clair won the overall trophy in the beginner 10-over division, and Grenier won the beginner 7-9 division. It was the first aggregate win for both dancers.

The two were part of a larger delegation from the North Island.

In the Primary division, Paisley Barolet of Port McNeill placed first in the Pas de Basques and Highland Fling, and second in the Pas de Basques and Highcuts.

Emma Harrison of Port Hardy placed second in the fling, the lilt and the flora in the beginner 7-9 division. She also earned third in the Strathspey & Highland Reel and placed fourth in the sword dance.

Grenier was first in the division in fling, sword and lilt and added a third-place showing in flora.

Clair was first in fling and lilt and second in the reel and flora in the beginner 10-over division en route to her aggregate title. Kaleigh Clair and Lucinda Janse of Port Hardy also competed in the division, and Kaleigh placed sixth in the lilt.

On May 18 the 151st Highland Games were held in Victoria.

Abigail McCor-quodale of Port Hardy competed in the Premier 11 & under division.

McCorquodale placed third in the Highland Fling and the Irish Jig, fourth in the Seann Truibhas and the Strathspey and Highland Reel, and second in the Sailor’s Hornpipe.