Mhairi Gorman is a highland dance champion.
Mhairi Gorman is a highland dance champion. Trevor Veale

Highland dancer top of her game

IT’S certainly not the most popular genre of dance but for local teen Mhairi Gorman, traditional highland dancing is the centre of her world.

And the plucky 13-year-old member has every reason to be obsessed by it.

The student of Coffs Harbour’s Jacaranda Highland Dancing Studio won the Premier Championships and placed third in the Eastern Australian Highland Dancing Championships.

“I am really happy about it, not a lot of people do highland dancing here in Coffs, so it’s good to compete to see how you perform,” she said.

Mhairi first became involved in the sport after seeing a newspaper article about it that intrigued her.

“I saw a picture and story of highland dancers and thought it looked like fun,” she said.

“That got me going and I have been doing it for five years now.”

Obviously an exceptional talent, Mhairi has also been to Scotland twice to dance and plans to make a career out of it.

“I love it and I have a determination to get better,” she said.

According to her instructor, Kristina Sanne, highland dancing is the second most difficult dance discipline in the world after Cossack.

“We’re very proud of Mhairi and she works very hard to be as good as she is,” Ms Sanne said.

Mhairi and her fellow dancers will be competing at another event in Brisbane this weekend and Gosford the weekend after that.



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