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Highland dancers on a high

Monday, 7th July, 2008

Local highland dancers have once again proved they are loaded with talent after winning a swag of medals in Adelaide recently.

Seven students from the Joy Baldwin School of Dance collectively won 13 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals and other trophies at the annual SA Festival of Dance Championship.

They competed against dancers from South Australia and as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Sydney and Brisbane.

Janah Martyn won four gold medals in the beginner's level and was aggregate winner for the entire section. She won a special trophy for the

Highland Fling.Janah also won the Perpetual Trophy for Best Junior Dancer for the second year in a row.

Titus Maddern, who has just turned seven, won four bronze medals in the same section.In the 10 and Under 12 section, Laura Hogan won two gold, three silver and one bronze medal and was runner up in the aggregate. She also was awarded a special trophy for the Highland Fling.

Molly Gould won two gold medals and was aggregate winner in the Lilt and Flora.Zivana Picken won two silver and two bronze medals and was third in the premiership. She came second in the special Highland Fling.

In the 12 and Over, Grace Bennett won three gold and one silver medal and was winner of this age premiership, winning a trophy. She also won the special Highland Fling.Emily Barraclough won two gold, three silver and one bronze in this section and received a trophy for runner up in premiership. She came second in the special Highland Fling.

Their instructor Joy Baldwin said she was extremely proud of her students' achievements.

"I'm quite proud, especially since four were having a go at their first competition," she said.

"They were also the best overall level section school winners."

Mrs Baldwin said Broken Hill has been scooping the pool in this competition for 40 years.

She added organisers were also full of praise for the behaviour of the local dancers at the competition.

"They congratulated me on manner in which they conducted themselves and it's a credit to Broken Hill...and their teacher agrees!"

The team will now start preparing for further competitions, with the aim to compete in the Australian Champion of Champions next Easter.

Mrs Baldwin said the school is looking for new Highland dancers.

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