A 17-year-old dancer from Back has become the second island girl to be selected for the Scotland team, who’ll be heading to the dance and cheer world championships in Orlando, Florida.
Abbie Morrison, a pupil at the Nicolson Institute and dancer and coach with the island dance group North West Allstars, has been chosen for Scotland’s senior jazz dance team, as they rehearse for competition in Florida next April.
Like her own coach, Stornoway girl Kayleigh Nicolson, Abbie is now heading off to Glasgow every two weeks for team rehearsals. Kayleigh was selected for the national senior hip hop team in an earlier round of selection, meaning that the Isle of Lewis now has two dancers in the national team.
Both girls have been coached and supported by Kirstie Anderson of Isle Dance and the Hebridean Dance and Wellbeing Studio. Kirstie’s one of many asking for sponsor support and donations to meet the exceptional costs for the pair attending rehearsals on the mainland every two weeks.
Kirstie said: “This is the last - you're not going to have more and more requests for our girls going to Team Scotland. Abbie and Kayleigh have done an exceptional job and teams have been selected now, so please do give if you can!”
Like Kayleigh, Abbie has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her travel costs at https://www.gofundme.com/my-journey-to-worlds
On the page she says: “Super excited to announce that I have been offered a place on Scotland’s senior jazz dance team to compete at the world championships in Florida next April! Massive thank you to my coaches Kirstie and Kayleigh and also my family for making this all possible.
Please, if you can spare anytime at all to read my story it would be greatly appreciated.”
The picture shows Abbie with her coach and mentor Kirstie Anderson at a recent competition in Aberdeen.