Amanda Kost-Ryan competed at a highland dancing competition in Tasmania taking out 5th and 7th place.
Amanda Kost-Ryan competed at a highland dancing competition in Tasmania taking out 5th and 7th place. Contributed

Dancers take on champs

THE people of Hobart bore witness to the talent of Warwick dancers Amanda Kost-Ryan and her mother Sandra Ryan as they took part in a highland dance competition during the Easter break.

Champion of the Champions Championships of Australia is a biennial competition that brings dancers together from as far as Scotland and the United States.

Amanda placed fifth in the restricted premier five step sailor's hornpipe and seventh in the premier four step blue bonnets.

Sandra Ryan participated in the event for the first time and said she enjoyed the experience.

"It was very exciting, but a little nerve-racking and I am extremely proud of my daughter," Mrs Ryan said.

"I'm excited to keep dancing and improving."

Principal of Inverness Highland Dance Studio Marlene McBean said she was thrilled with her students' performances.

"Sandra competed at this level for the first time which is fantastic," Ms McBean said.

"I'm really proud of Amanda with this competition, particularly in the blue bonnet because that is against the top dancers and means a lot."

She said she was always looking for more dancers to join her classes, and anyone with an interest should phone her on 0419 653 017.

"It's a style of dance anyone can be involved in and it promotes fitness, confidence and poise," Ms McBean said.



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