Tasmanian Highland dancers "highest standard in the country"

HIGHLAND FLING: Madison Sefton competes in the Launceston Competitions highland dancing premiership for under 13 and 16s at Annexe Theatre on Saturday. Picture: Paul Scambler

HIGHLAND FLING: Madison Sefton competes in the Launceston Competitions highland dancing premiership for under 13 and 16s at Annexe Theatre on Saturday. Picture: Paul Scambler

Tasmania highland dancers are reaching the highest standard in the country, Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing adjudicator Donna Chalmers says.

Ms Chalmers judged the highlands dancing premiership at the Launceston Competitions at Annexe Theatre on Saturday.

The 70 competing dancers were of a high standard, she said.

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The under 16s were at “the highest standard in the country”.

Ms Chalmers had watched the competition develop during the past eight to 10 years and was pleased to note increasing student numbers had not meant a lower standard.

Tasmania teachers were able to teach good basics, which dancers could then expand upon, she said.

A proper highland dance required footwork precision and stamina.

“They need stamina to perform the whole dance, so they don’t look too tired at the end,” Ms Chalmers said.

“It’s a bit like an athlete who runs 400 metres. You can’t run the first 200 metres then walk the rest.”

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