Dance group flies the flag for Filton at UK championships

A children’s dance group from Filton has become the runner up in a prestigious national competition.

North Bristol Independent Colour Guard is an American style dance team who perform musical routines which incorporate spinning flags and other equipment as part of the choreography.

The team comprises of girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 14 and rehearses at Shield Road School in Filton.

Each year, they compete in the Winter Guard United Kingdom competition circuit, travelling to contests around Britain, culminating in the WGUK championships in Worcester, where they perform and compete alongside groups from all over the UK, Ireland and several countries across Europe.

The Filton based group, which was established in 2019, initially suffered as a result of the pandemic but has rebuilt itself over the last couple of years and 2024 has undoubtedly been its most successful year ever.

The team danced to music from the Disney stage show “Newsies” which tells the story of the news boys strike on the streets of New York in 1899.

Never placing outside of the top three at any competition this season, they scored an incredible 86.6 points at Worcester, meaning that they took home a silver medal.

Guard Director, Bridget Coulter said: “It’s been an incredible achievement for all the children, many of whom had never tried colour guard before this year! They’ve had the time of their lives performing this show and have made friends and memories which will last a lifetime.

“They all worked so hard and all of us, staff and parents, are so incredibly proud of them.”

North Bristol Independent are currently recruiting children for next season. For more information, please phone or message 07889 409012.