A GIBRALTARIAN dancer took the plaudits after her performances at the recent international dance festival on the Rock.

Amy Wink won both the Best Female Dancer of the Festival and the M.O. Productions Sussex Award at the 16th Gibraltar International Dance Festival.

The festival saw just under 200 world-class performers from England, Gibraltar and Italy and Spain dazzle the judges.

14-year-old Marek Pisanu from Italy took home the overall prize, the M.O. Productions Bursary Award, while Yoel Ferrer from Spain won the Best Male Dancer of the Festival.

Following in Amy’s footsteps, young Gibraltarian Ella Hurtado won the Most Promising Infant.

The organiser of the festival, Seamus Byrne, was enthusiastic about its growing importance internationally.

“We had nearly 200 dancers from four countries making this year even more special than usual,” he said.

“We are attracting more and more people every year and we are confident of more names joining us from abroad in 2019.

“These are our aims so that it becomes a major tourism event for Gibraltar.”

A sign of the festival’s increasing stature could be seen by the appointment of British dance legend Chris Hocking as adjudicator.

Hocking is the Vice-Chair of All England Dance and performed in Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show and The King and I during his glittering career.

“The work starts now for 2019 and we have to make sure it just gets bigger and bigger,” said Seamus.

“We have already had interest from dancers from Portugal and Slovakia and we are optimistic once we get dancers on board they will keep coming back.

“The standard of dance in Gibraltar is very high and the festival provides a vital stepping stone for our dancers who want to travel abroad to compete.

“It provides a platform for our young people to improve and receive professional advice from proper judges.”