Edinburgh Eastern MSP, Ash Denham, visited the Debra-Ann Dancers at the Jack Kane Centre in Niddrie last week to congratulate them on their success in performing a fundraising dance across the Forth Road Bridge earlier this month.

The group, made up of girls aged between four and 20 years old, welcomed the MSP by performing a number of dance routines.

The practice session was one of the last before the group departs at the end of June to take part in a Highland Dancing competition in Canada.

Next year the dancers are also set to compete in the Highland Dancing Champion of Champions event in Brisbane, Queensland.

Ash Denham MSP said:

“I was delighted to meet Debra-Ann and her fantastic school of Highland dancers, who put on an amazing show when I arrived.

“It really wanted to come and congratulate the girls on their recent fundraising dance across the Forth Road Bridge and to hear about their upcoming trip to Canada to compete at the Scot Dance Canada Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“I wish the group well at the championships and I’m sure they’ll do Niddrie and Scotland proud!

“The group relies on fundraising to travel to national and international competitions so I would encourage constituents to donate to Debra-Ann’s School of Dance and to follow their success on the group’s Facebook page.”

Debra-Ann Brown added:

“The dancing group started at the Jack Kane Centre more than 40 years ago now and currently we have around 15 girls who train and compete, many of whom are the daughters of previous dancers in the group who hail from the Niddrie area.

“The recent event on the Forth Road Bridge was a fantastic occasion and the kids had an amazing day. It was a real family event where the girls’ parents and brothers and sisters came along too.

“It was really, really lovely for our local MSP, Ash Denham, to come to our practice session and meet the girls. The girls don’t get enough recognition so it’s nice whenever someone visits us to see how good the dancers are.”



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