Traditional folk dancing is alive and kicking in Preston.
A troupe of ‘babies’ from the Preston Rossette Morris Dancing team have swept the board at a prestigious national competition.
The group of 50 girls, aged between four and seven, beat dozens of other teams to scoop the titles of Baby Troupe of the Year and Overall Troupe of the Year at the North of England Dancing Championships in Prestatyn.
The contest is the highlight of the dancing year, coming after a strict practicing program from March to October at St Joseph’s Church Hall in Rigby Street.
Team principle Debbie Davies, who won the leader of the year title with her daughter Natalie Davies, hailed the effort of the girls and their families.
She said: “The girls have worked really hard and they’re so well-behaved, it’s a pleasure to take them out.
“But a lot of the credit has to go to their parents, because it’s a big commitment when they have to take the girls to practices and have to give up their weekends for performances.”
She added: “There’s a lot of team spirit here and the girls learn about not letting other people down, and it helps them make friends.
“So even though it can be hard work, it’s worth it.
“It’s very rewarding to do so well and see the girls so pleased.”
Debbie has been running Preston Rosettes Morris Dancing since 2002 and has built up several teams of juniors and seniors who compete nationwide.
The only section who didn’t win a title at Prestatyn were the eight to 13-year-olds, however, they have another chance at the finals of Preston’s Got Talent on Friday, October 25 at Preston Playhouse Theatre in Market Street West.