Pupils from Brechin and Angus training for award in dance leadership

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Girls from Brechin High School were busy training for an Award in Dance Leadership (Level one) last week along with girls from other Angus high schools.

Around 36 Angus teens took part in the training event, which was run by YDance from Thursday until Sunday at Arbroath Academy.

Pupils from Brechin High were joined by students from Arbroath Academy, Forfar Academy, Monifieth High School and Webster’s High School.

The course, offered to schools across Scotland, is designed to inspire teenage girls to get active.

The course teaches the girls leadership and communication skills, how to plan and deliver a quality dance lesson and a host of other skills that will ensure they finish the course as qualified dance leaders.

The level one in dance leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups in dance activities, whilst under the supervision of their tutor/assessor or another suitably qualified adult.

This is one of over 30 Award in Dance Leadership courses that the YDance Active project has delivered since it began in September 2012.

Nearly 600 young dance leaders who can help facilitate and inspire dance activities for other young people in their school and communities have been created across Scotland as a result of the sessions.

Sarah Smith, YDance active training manager, commented; “We’ve been running these courses since September 2012 and the response from attendees has always been fantastic.

“Through their feedback, we can see just how much these courses really improve the girls’ confidence in their own ability.”

YDance Active is part of the Active Girls programme which is funded by SportScotland and in line with the Scottish Government’s Active Policy Framework.

The organisation is aimed at children and young people aged from three to 21 years in Scotland.