Alexandra Rickert will be competing in her first highland dance competition this weekend.
Alexandra Rickert will be competing in her first highland dance competition this weekend. Candyce Braithwaite

Highland fling is just the trick

ALEXANDRA Rickert has only been dancing a few months but come Sunday she will be competing in her first highland dancing competition.

The eight-year-old will be one of many at the Inverness Highland Dance Studio competition.

Scottish highland dancers will flock from all over the State to compete.

Alexandra said she was excited about the event.

"I started dancing because it looked really fun," she said.

"I'm really excited, I love dancing.

"So far I've learnt two dances and I'm starting to learn a third one."

Principal of Inverness Highland Dance Studio Marlene McBean said they were expecting up to 100 performers.

The competition will be held on Sunday, beginning at 8.30am at Warwick West State school.

"From 8.30am beginners will be dancing," Mrs McBean said.

"After lunch will be the senior dancers."

Dancers range across many different experience levels, including children as young as four, and performers up to 60 years.

There is a small entry fee into the competition but Mrs McBean promises there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained.

"We encourage locals to come along and support the event," she said.

"There will be live pipers playing, as well as the dancers.

"It's a great opportunity for those who love dancing, costumes or even have a Scottish heritage to have a fun day out."

Mrs McBean said previous events had been well supported by the community.



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