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Eastwood dance their way to fitness!

A group of four senior girls at Eastwood High School are leading the way by motivating girls to be active through dance.

Eastwood Dancers Eastwood Dancers Eastwood Dancers The girls, who are all in S4, were all involved last year in a one-day dance workshop delivered by Ydance and organised by ERCL Active Schools and are now leading weekly dance sessions in their school.

Ydance is the national dance organisation for young people and for a number of years have worked closely with Active Schools and East Renfrewshire's high schools, helping to deliver leadership workshops for senior girls. It was at that workshop Kirsten Burningham, Heather McKie, Rachel Tait and Ellie Marshall were selected, due to their outstanding performances, enthusiasm and commitment, to go on to complete a week long course during the summer holidays and each gain their Ydance Level 4 dance leadership certificate, a nationally recognised qualification.

Through offering these training courses at a heavily subsides ed rate, the girls agreed to use their new qualifications to deliver dance within Eastwood High and with the support of the PE department and Active Schools, they have now formed a lunchtime dance club which boasts over 40 attendees so far! Kirsten, who is also a Young Ambassador in the school, definitely leads by example when it comes to encouraging her peers to take part in physical activity.

The girls are now keen to encourage as many of the girls as possible to join local dance clubs and are working towards entering a team into the East Renfrewshire Schools Dance Championships in March 2017.

To find out more about dance activities across East Renfrewshire, please contact Barry Cook, Team Leader - Active Schools on 0141 570 7330 or email

I love teaching people to dance and it's something I look forward to every week. I would love to continue teaching dance when I leave school.
Kirsten Burningham, S4 pupil


Created 5 December 2016

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