Despite having to move up an age category, North Island highland dancer Abigail McCorquodale was happy with her placings at the recent Queen Mary ScotFest Highland Dancing Championships in Long Beach, California.
McCorquodale and her teacher, Teresa Charlton, attended the February 15 competition, and due to the age split at the championship McCorquodale had to dance in the under 12 years championship group, with older dancers than the nine-year old usually faces in her usual 9 & under age group.
“They don’t have as many young dancers in the US,” said McCorquodale, “The competitors in my group were from Ontario, and around the U.S., including Washington and California.”
McCorquodale scored well, earning a 3rd place in both the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance, and 6th in the Seann Truibhas and the Strathspey and Highland Reel, to earn a 4th runner-up position overall in the Championship.
“It was a great way to start the season,” said McCorquodale.
A number of Team Charlton Highland Dancers from the North Island will be travelling to Vancouver to compete in the BC Open Highland Dancing Championships in March.