More than a fling


Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE -

SARAH Burgess has been high­land danc­ing since she was seven years old.

The Man­durah res­i­dent hated her sis­ters’ high­land danc­ing prac­tice ini­tially, but af­ter she saw the cos­tumes she de­cided she wanted to join and her love of dance grew from there.

She now shares her skill with oth­ers and has been teach­ing ju­nior classes for eight years.

“It wasn't un­til this year that I started teach­ing my own classes,” she said.

In 2010, Burgess placed third at the Aus­tralasian Cham­pi­onships and fourth at the Auck­land City of Sails Open Cham­pi­onship.

Burgess has been in­volved with the High­land Gath­er­ing for sev­eral years and while she is not com­pet­ing this year, she will be sup­port­ing the high­land danc­ing con­tin­gent at this year’s event.

In the fu­ture, she hopes to grow her dance school and en­cour­age more chil­dren to start the sport. She is also hop­ing to sit her judge’s exam some­time in the next few years.

Burgess will per­form high­land danc­ing at the Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing and Perth Kilt Run on Sun­day.

The High­land Gath­er­ing fea­tures high­land danc­ing and pipe band com­pe­ti­tions, a me­dieval fair, a Scot­tish Clan vil­lage, meet and greet with Scot­tish dogs, a strong­men and strong­woman com­pe­ti­tion, a Scot­tish in­spired tav­ern and food and a range of spe­cialty stalls. The Perth Kilt Run in­volves a fun run with par­tic­i­pants donned in kilts.

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Sarah Burgess will dance at Sun­day’s High­land Gath­er­ing.

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