McCarthy School of Dance receives donation to help families access competitions


A DANCE school in East Renfrewshire is set to receive a £1,000 donation from a local homebuilder, to help families compete in UK-wide competitions.

Family homebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel has donated funds from its Building Communities Fund to the McCarthy School of Dance to help local families participate in competitive dances.

Founded by sisters Claire and Jenny McCarthy, the dance school runs classes in Clarkston and Giffnock, offering classes in a variety of styles for people aged 5-19.

In addition to recreational dancing, the school has a competitive arm, called MSD, where dancers compete in Pom, Hip Hop and Lyrical categories at competitions across the UK.

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Jenny McCarthy said: “Mactaggart & Mickel’s donation will be of great help to the parents of our dancers and we are extremely grateful for their contribution.

“It will be the first time many of our dancers have attended some of the UK’s biggest competitions, so it will be a brilliant experience for them to show off their hard work and help them achieve their ambitions.

“The world of competitive dance is extremely expensive and with the donation from Mactaggart & Mickel, we are on the verge of making it accessible to everyone.”

Mactaggart & Mickel has a long history of supporting local organizations and projects that improve the lives of people living in the communities where they build homes.

Principal Joanne Casey said: “The McCarthy School of Dance brings joy to so many families in the East Renfrewshire area, many of whom live in our Whitecraigs development.

“We are thrilled to be able to make a positive difference for the school and the parents of children who compete in national competitions.

“This initiative showcases their skills and celebrates the talent the region has to offer.”


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