Third time lucky for Ellon Highland dancer Rachel

Rachel Havlin with her pre-championship trophy
Rachel Havlin with her pre-championship trophy

It was a case of third time lucky for an Ellon dancer when she took first place honours at a competition.

Rachel Havlin entered the Tayside Confined and North East Scotland Highland Dancing Championship which was held in Arbroath on Sunday, June 30.

Previously, Rachel entered the competitions in Edinburgh and Aberdeen where she came third and second. But on her third attempt, the ten-year-old took first place and won her first pre-championship award.

Rachel’s mum, Shona Brown, said: “Rachel enjoys competing, it gives her confidence and doesn’t seem to bother her. It’s good exercise and it’s quite a social activity, expecially when we attend the local festivals.”

Next up for the Highland dancer will be the championship competitions.

Shona said: “It will be a lot harder as she progresses, but she goes to classes every week at the Rosaline Hendry School of Highland Dancing.”

Rachel moves into P7 after the summer holidays but she has been dancing since she was aged 4.

Shona said: “Rachel enjoys it as a hobby but says she would like to do it professionally when she’s older but who knows, all that could change when she goes to the academy.