Scotland calls for our flinging stars
HIGHLAND dancing is a rare specialty in Australian dance culture and takes a high level of skill to compete in.
The Clarence Valley is home to two of Australia's best young highland dancers who are deep in preparations to face the daunting task of competing against the world's best dancers in the home of highland dancing Scotland.
Nicole Cowling, 15, and Steffaney Treadwell, 14, are already packing their bags ahead of their busy tour of Scotland, which culminates with the world championships in Dunoon.
But the two teens may have to allow extra room for the trophies they won last weekend at the Moreton Bay Championships in Brisbane.
Nicole danced on Saturday, winning the Moreton Bay Pre-Championships before dancing again on Sunday in the 14/15 years age group championship alongside Steffaney.
Steffaney claimed second place in the 14/15 championship while Nicole placed a touch outside the top three dancers at fifth.
Steffaney's dance teacher Kristina Sanne will be accompanying the girls on their Scottish tour but said there was a little bit more fundraising to go before they were ready to depart.
"All the tickets have been bought, and the car has been hired, but it is just those extra costs that we haven't quite covered yet," she said. "It is great to be able to be with them on this journey because they are so driven and they love dancing."
The teenagers will be dancing at the Maclean Hotel (Top Pub) as part of the Tartan Day festivities on July 4 when there will be a major raffle to raise funds to help pay for the trip.
They are also hosting a disco and a bowling night at the Grafton Ten Pin Bowl on Friday, July 10.