Highland dancers are set to jig it out at Disneyland Paris

Morrison school of dance who are heading to Disney Paris.
Morrison school of dance who are heading to Disney Paris.

A group of girls from Newton Mearns and Clarkston are jumping for joy as they prepare to leave for Disneyland, Paris.

The group, all members of the Morrison School of Dance, run by Aurea Morrison for the past 14 years will be travelling this weekend to take part in an international gathering.

The 15 girls are finalising both their routines, and working out what to take and what can be left behind.

The weekend event means that the girls and their parents and friends have been hard at work fundraising for nearly two years in order to raise enough money to make the journey.

The International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance, offers highland dancers of all ages and levels of ability an amazing opportunity to compete and showcase their skills in the magic of Disney.

Ann Boyle, one of the parents said: “We have been fundraising for the past two years to help with costs. The hotel is costing each girl £320 and a further £160 for the flights, so they’ve had to go all out to raise this not insubstantial amount.

“We have bag packed and put on displays in Tesco. We have held family ceilidhs and coffee afternoons where the girls also showcased their dancing.”

Aurea Morrison, principal of the school told The Extra: “I’m so proud of these girls!

“Over the last two years they’ve fundraised during every minute of their free time and danced their socks off. Their hard work and dedication has been admirable and they are a huge credit to themselves and their parents for the amount of effort they have put in.

“I know it’s not been easy scraping together the money needed, but they’ve risen to that challenge, just like they do with everything they do and I wish them all good luck for what will be a hugely exciting and rewarding experience in Paris.”

The girls will be flying out of Glasgow on Friday afternoon and are due to return on Monday afternoon, following a specially organised character breakfast with Mickey, Minnie and all their friends.

One of the highlights of the trip for the 400 or so dancers who are taking part, some from as far afield as Canada Australia and New Zealand, will be the showcase illuminated parade along Main Street USA, where the girls will once more put their dancing talents on display for all to see.