Dancers jump to aid of charity

Rowena with some of the performers who took part in the fundraising concert.
Rowena with some of the performers who took part in the fundraising concert.

A troupe of Deeside dancers have jumped to the aid of good causes by staging a fundraising concert.

Some 40 Highland dancers recently took to the stage of a packed Banchory town hall for the biennial Coutts School of Highland Dancing show, raising £1,400 for Deaf Action, Banchory Surgery and Cancer Research UK in the process.

This year’s event also celebrated the 40 th anniversary of the school which has been run by Rowena Brand (nee Coutts) since its creation.

A well-known face within the local community, Mrs Brand has also been involved in the annual Highland dancing competition at Banchory Show for many years and stepped down from the role earlier this year.

The concert was sponsored by Craig Thow Electrician and supported by various local businesses and individuals.

It saw pupils aged between six and 19 showcase their Highland dancing skills with a packed schedule of traditional dances and routines especially choreographed for the occasion. Some pupils also shared their skills on the violin thanks to musical slots.

The total raised was boosted thanks to a raffle, lucky programme draw and bake sale.

Commenting on the success of the event, Rowena said: “I am delighted that, once again, we have received tremendous support for our concert and that we have been able contribute to the work of such important causes.

“Concerts such as this are an excellent way of pupils sharing their learning with families and the wider community.

“I am very grateful to everyone who helped in so many ways make the evening another resounding success.”