New dance competition for Western Isles

Dance teacher Sharon MacKinnon with the school's competition's impressive silverware on display, thanks to sponsorship from a number of local businesses.
Dance teacher Sharon MacKinnon with the school's competition's impressive silverware on display, thanks to sponsorship from a number of local businesses.

THE Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing are introducing another new Highland Dancing Competition to the Western Isles which will take place on Saturday, March 9th, in the Bayhead Bridge Centre, Stornoway.

After hosting their first ever competition last August and achieving a great response from both local and mainland Dancers, the Mackinnon Dancers decided to set up another Competition, meaning they will now run two annually.

They have again been lucky to have local businesses show their support to the School by donating the large amount of trophies required for the winning competitors.

Mackinnon Dancers are extremely grateful for these donations and would like to publicly thank the following companies for their kindness: MacKinnon’s Bakery; Sandie Maciver; Bayhead Bridge Centre; Dochas Dancers; Cameron’s Chip Shop; Stornoway Painters & Decorators; Colour Centre; Groundtracks; Thai Cafe; The Kitchen Centre; Salon Nan Eilean; MacAulay Askernish; Engebret Ltd; Macleod & Macleod Butcher; Coffee Pot; GDK Signs; Toy World; Stornoway Memorials; K J Macdonald Chemist; and Lewis Crofters.

They would also like to thank Harris Tweed Textiles, Carloway Mill, for their generous donation of lovely Harris Tweed to the School which will be used annually at both the Mackinnon Festival Competitions for the Trophy & Judges tables, as well as being on display at other events organised by Mackinnon Dancers throughout the year.

Dance teacher Sharon is excited to be in the position of her School being able to host two Competitions annually, as they are costly to run and very time consuming to organise.

She said: “It is a great opportunity for the Highland Dancers to have more and more competitions on their doorstep as it is expensive to travel to the mainland to compete.

“They shouldn’t have to miss out on the Competition side of dancing just because they live on an Island.”

Sharon added: “It is good to see local businesses helping to make this possible for them and their generosity is appreciated by everyone.”