Dancing her way to national success

SBSR Charleigh Butler highland dance winner
SBSR Charleigh Butler highland dance winner

A schoolgirl from Kelso is looking forward to wowing judges at a national championship after taking home a dancing award.

Kelso High School pupil Charleigh Butler recently won her pre-championships at the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance (STDA) championships at Glasgow.

Charleigh, who is aged 13 and has lived in Kelso since she was four, is a Lynella highland Dance School dancer, taught by Susan Grainger & Sharon Sim. She also gets extra lessons from Zoe Young.

She competed in four disciplines in Glasgow - the fling, the reel, the swords and the seanntriubhas.

She finished in third place in the fling, and that result, coupled with two firsts in the seanntriubhas and the reel, was enough to clinch her prize.

Proud mum, Diane, said that Charleigh’s practice was paying dividends: “Myself and my husband take her all over competing, every other weekend, to places like Aberdeen and Glasgow.

“Now, she’s set up for the championships in Newcastle, in June.”

Some of that practice includes dancing over real swords. “They’re not very sharp,” said Diane, “but once she did cut herself on them.

“Charleigh has always enjoyed dancing. She did do ballet but then she really liked this more.

“She’s already talking about going to competitions in Canada and other places abroad, she’s very excited.”

Diane added: “The competitions can be quite long days, but then it’s a good opportunity for the girls with the same interests to meet each other and get to know one another as well.”