Nedlands dancer picks up Crystal Boot Award


Champion Media Group’s Betty Drummond, host of the Crystal Boot Awards, with Nedlands award winner Alison Johnstone.
Champion Media Group’s Betty Drummond, host of the Crystal Boot Awards, with Nedlands award winner Alison Johnstone.

A NEDLANDS dancer has made waves on the international stage, picking up WA’s first honour at the Crystal Boot Awards.

Alison Johnstone took out the best intermediate dance of 2017 category at the line dance awards in Blackpool, England, along with co-choreographer Joshua Talbot.

“The feeling was simply unbelievable and I was shaking,” she said.

“The Crystal Boot Awards are a huge event in the dance world annually, dancers and instructors from around the globe vote for their favourite dances throughout the year.”

Ms Johnstone and Mr Talbot, based in NSW, created their award-winning dance to Perfect by Ed Sheeran over a weekend in 2017.

Alison Johnstone coming home to a warm welcome at Perth Airport.

“I knew we had a gorgeous dance, but then of course you release it and wait to see if any instructors take it up,” she said.

“We were quickly in the top 10 most viewed dance in the world charts and that has remained almost weekly since its release.”

Ms Johnstone has been teaching dance for 30 years, and founded Nuline Dance so she could explore line dance beyond the country stereotype.

“Good on those clubs that choose to teach bootscooting, but that’s never really been me,” she said.

“We simply dance to almost everything.”

Ms Johnstone encouraged anyone thinking about venturing in to line dance to give it a go, and choose a club which caters for their level and preferred style.

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