Dancing duo on a high


Scottish highland dancers Rebecca Adamson and Victoria Goode are travelling to Melbourne to dance in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Picture: Will Russell                d449108
Scottish highland dancers Rebecca Adamson and Victoria Goode are travelling to Melbourne to dance in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Picture: Will Russell                d449108

Rebecca Adamson (25), of Mt Hawthorn, and Victoria Goode (19), from Helena Valley, will join 48 others at Etihad Stadium to perform five shows of Scottish highland dancing from February 12-14.

Both women learnt the traditional dance at a young age in Kalgoorlie and continued when they moved to Perth.

“I studied jazz, tap and ballet but when I came to Perth for university I had to decide what to keep going with and with highland dancing you get a lot of opportunities to dance and travel,” Ms Adamson said.

“(Highland dancing) has taken me to Switzerland, the Netherlands and around Australia.”

Now on the international Scottish highland dancing judging panel, Ms Adamson said she would retire from competitive dancing after the Melbourne event.

“You don’t get an opportunity like this in Australia,” she said.

“Usually highland dancing is individual but you all get to work together for this.”

Ms Goode, who hopes to continue with competitive dancing, said they trained three times a week ahead of competitions.

“It’s so unique – no one does it,” she said.

“I watched the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland once and I thought, ‘I will dance in it one day’.

“You set a lot of goals for yourself; if you’re improving every time you dance, that’s a goal you’re meeting.”

Ms Goode has travelled to Scotland, Canada and US for dance competitions.

A rigorous application process is required for dancers to perform at the 66-year-old event.

The pair fly to Melbourne this week.