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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Wave of talent at Maryport dance festival

The 34th annual Queen of the Solway Dance Festival began in Maryport on Wednesday.

The event attracted more than 100 entrants from Cumbria and the North East.

Local dancers came from Mulgrew School of Dance and Rumney Greaves in Maryport, Lakeland School of Dance at Branthwaite, Cockermouth’s Diva School of Dance and Claire Ferguson’s Workington dance school.

Among the competitors were Georgia Smith and Scarlett Hill, both three, of Mulgrew School of Dance, who were performing solo for the first time.

Georgia, of Seaton, attends the school alongside her older sister Imogen, five.

Theresa Rodney, of Mulgrew School of Dance, said: “It’s lovely when the little sisters get involved. We have got a lot of children who are younger siblings. It’s nice when they all come as a family because we’re all like a big family really.”

Demi Stoddart, nine, of Maryport, dances with Rumney Greaves and came first in the Greek B section on day one of the festival, scoring 84.

She said: “I like dancing with my friends. It’s good learning new steps.”

Her mum, Susan Ismay, said: “She started as a hobby and she just loves it. It gives her something to do and she loves everybody she’s at dance school with.”

Florence Mulgrew, founder of Mulgrew School of Dance and one of the festival organisers, said: “We run the event for the love of dance and the love of the kids. They’re learning all the time and they’re learning discipline. It’s the best discipline the children can have.”

The festival takes place at the Wave Centre in Maryport until tomorrow.

Spectators can attend for £5 or £4 for pensioners.

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