BALLARAT has come out on top at this year’s Victorian Scottish Union Highland Dancing State Championships.
The competition, held in Warrnambool last month, saw Ballarat’s dancers win six out of nine possible awards.
Eleven-year-old Sharni Plover, from the Ballarat Highland Dancing Society, took out the Paterson Shield for under-12s for the second year running, while Bessie Penhall took out second place.
The under-16s VSU Medal runner-up was Monique Plover, while Lashae Plover was awarded third place.
Begonia City Highland dancer Lucinda Doodt won the adult section’s Jean Schrank Cup, while 10-year-old Molly Haintz was awarded third place in the learners section.
Ballarat Highland Dancing Society teacher Christine Plover said this year’s results were the best ever.
“Ballarat cleaned up. It was the first time so many dancers have come in with a win,” she said.
“All year we travel around Victoria and dance everywhere, and we train for months and months for the state championships.
“This was a result of lots of hard work and practice.”
A total of 18 Ballarat dancers competed in this year’s championships, which brought together competitors from every region in Victoria.