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Leven Dance Academy Raises Funds to Support Their 10 World Cup Final Qualifiers

The Academy is now working hard to raise funds to ensure she can fulfill her dream of competing for Scotland on the world stage.

The 10 qualified dancers for the World Cup are Millie Simpson (6), Jaymi Biggerstaff (10), Abi Walker (12), Lucie-Luise Balfour (12), Brooke Allan (12), Iqra Asif (13), Danni Biggerstaff (13), Emma Brodie (17), Aleeza Aslam (17) and Stephanie Brewster (18).

They will face 61 other countries in the final in Spain – and dance teacher Amber Simpson is immensely proud of them all.

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The 10 World Cup Final qualifiers from Amber Barclay Academy of Dance, who are now involved in fundraising to enable them to compete in Spain.

Amber said, “These students managed to qualify in the Lyrical and Jazz dance styles, achieving incredible percentages in their sections, and I’m sure they will all make it to the finals.

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“For qualification, myself and the students held video dance auditions which were then returned and scored against the rest of the Scottish entries.

“Having to score 70 per cent or more the girls smashed it and I am delighted that 10 of our children can experience such an incredible event like this and represent their country as part of the Scotland team.

“Our youngest competitor is six-year-old Millie Simpson, who qualified with a lyrical solo in the Mini Division which is aimed at children aged 4-9. This small mark higher than many girls aged three years older than her!

“All the girls spend five or six days a week in the studio in preparation. They know it’s going to be tough, but they’re so dedicated and more than willing to work hard.

Amber, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors in Ballet and Contemporary Dance from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, opened her first classes in Levenmouth five years ago.

She now has her own dance studio in Leven where she teaches 22 private lessons, six lyrical dance lessons, three acrobatic dance lessons and various competition lessons every week. His school teaches children aged 18 months to 18 years and has about 100 students.

Amber regularly involves children in lyrical, jazz and acrobatic dance competitions, primarily at the World Federation of Lyrical Dance competition, and in the past year the dancers have achieved success at Scottish, UK and world level.

“Having such a successful year has given me, as a teacher, the courage to enter students for the Dance World Cup qualifiers,” Amber said. “It was always considered such a huge competition – ‘the Dance Olympics’ – but we are ready for it!”

The girls are taking part in a 24-hour “Danceathon” to raise funds, from 9 a.m. on Saturday March 12 to 9 a.m. on Sunday March 13, which will be streamed live on Facebook so everyone can watch them dance around the clock.

There’s also a thrift shop planned for Saturday 2nd April and Sunday 3rd April at Amber’s dance studio in Nairn Street, while some of the dads and granddads cycle sponsored from the Forth Road Bridge to Leven on same weekend. There is also a JustGiving fundraising page.

Amber also contacted local councilors to find out what help might be available, and local businesses to seek sponsorships or raffle prizes.

Amber said: “We know it’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re a team and we all want the best for our children.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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