By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Two young Queenstown dancers have new silverware for their mantelpieces after recent success at the Central Southland Piping and Dancing Comp, held in Winton.
Grace Reid, 9, collected the trophy for the under-14 restricted sword dance, while Ava Roberts, 8, won the U14 novice highland fling.
Teacher Carleen Dalton says two other local dancers, Lillianna Badenhop, 8, and Anikka Viittakangas, 8, also brought home prizes from the competition, which bodes well for the highland dancers’ exams in May and two upcoming national champs.
Dalton says the 109th annual Highland and National Dancing champs will be held in Dunedin over Queen’s Birthday weekend, and the New Zealand Highland and National Dancing champs will be in Oamaru in July.
‘‘[We’re] trying to get to one, or perhaps both, if we can.’’
Additionally, the NZ Academy of Highland Dancing conference will be held for the first time in Queenstown this September, after being cancelled last year due to Covid.
It’ll include the prestigious Solo Seal event, the highest vocational graded exam, and a special performance by the NZ Highland Dance Company, which has never before performed in the resort.