SARAH Burgess has been highland dancing since she was seven years old.
The Mandurah resident hated her sisters’ highland dancing practice initially, but after she saw the costumes she decided she wanted to join, and the love for the dance grew from there.
She now shares her skill with others and has been teaching junior classes for the last eight years.
“It wasn’t until this year that I started teaching my own classes,” she said.
In 2010, Ms Burgess placed third at the Australasian Championships and fourth at the Auckland City of Sails Open Championship.
Ms Burgess has been involved with the Highland Gathering for a number of years, and while she is not competing this year, she will be supporting the highland dancing contingent at this year’s event.
In the future, she hopes to grow her dance school, encouraging more children to start the sport.
She is also hoping to sit her judge’s exam sometime in the next few years.
Ms Burgess will be performing highland dancing at the Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run on September 10.
The Highland Gathering features highland dancing and pipe band competitions, a medieval fair, a Scottish Clan village, meet and greet with Scottish dogs, a strongmen and strongwoman competition, a Scottish inspired tavern and food and a range of specialty stalls.
The Perth Kilt Run involves a fun run with participants donned in kilts.