Dancers aim for championship glory
STEFFANEY and Courteney Treadwell faced a tough decision: dance at Maclean's Highland Gathering, or compete against the best dancers in the country in Australia's biggest highland dancing tournament.
The girls decided to put themselves up against the best, and will be in Adelaide on Sunday to compete in the Champion Of Champions Championship.
For highland dancing in Australia, it doesn't get much bigger than the Champion Of Champions Championship.
The tournament is held every two years, and attracts dancers from all over Australia.
Their dance instructor, Jacaranda Highland Dancers' Kristina Sanne, said it was a hard decision to make.
"For the girls to miss a gathering, it doesn't feel right because it's a big family tradition so it will be hard for them to miss it," she said.
"The gathering holds a big spot in our hearts, but in the end they've got this drive to be the best they can and wanted to go up against the best in the country and see how good they are."
It will be the first time for Courteney to compete in the championships, and the second for Steffaney, and Ms Sanne said the nerves have already kicked in.
"It's a big event for them, even from a teacher's perspective it's pretty scary," she said.
"Both girls have worked hard in the lead up to the event, practising two times a day five days a week, so we've put in the hard yards. As long as they do their best and put in 100% I'll be proud, and they'll learn a lot from the experience."
The sisters are in good form leading into the championship, and have competed in two tournaments already this year, with Steffaney claiming a third and a second, and Courteney taking home a first and sixth in their respective age divisions.
Steffaney has recently returned from a six week trip in Scotland, where he received two medals at the World Championships, and Ms Sanne said competing at the Champion of Champions Championship will be another goal crossed off the list.
Ms Sanne said both girls plan on travelling to Scotland to compete in the World Highland Dancing Championships in August.
"I'm sure they will do the local Scottish community proud in Adelaide," she said.