Georgia reels in prizes
SHE may not particularly like the sound of bagpipes, but Georgia Lutton loves dancing to them.
The Highland dancer is already winning awards in her second year of learning to dance.
Just like the jewellery boxes with the pop-up ballerinas that dance to music when the lid is opened, Georgia, 8, jumps up and practises her moves all the time.
It's what has catapulted the beginner dancer to winning five first places, one second and a third at the Scotia-Moreton Bay Highland Dancing Competition at the weekend.
Georgia loves to dance and perform on stage. She has been learning Irish and Highland dancing for a little more than two years with teacher Fiona Randell at the Gympie School of Highland and Irish Dancing and performed the following dances; Lilt, Flora, Seann Triubhas, Strassbay and Reel, Fling and the Sword Dance to a high standard for her level of skill.
Georgia has competed in Queensland competitions for the past eight months with increasing success and needs only two more wins to make it to the next level of competition. The Scotia-Moreton Bay Highland Dancing Competition, held in Brisbane on Sunday and Monday, was Georgia's best result to date. She was overall winner in the beginners' 8-9 year age category.
Mum and Dad Gemma and Shane Lutton were not surprised Georgia won five out of seven events and a second and third place in her remaining two events. They say she listens carefully to direction, picks up choreography quickly and has a desire to do well. She also is committed to training twice a week for competitions, with the next one in Caboolture.
"She hopes to place highly in upcoming competitions so she can move on to the next level of novice," Shane said.
Georgia has high, but realistic expectations.
"I would like to one day dance in Scotland at the Edinburgh Tattoo," she said, adding that she was more than happy to be dancing for local events - for now.
"I like to perform on stage and make friends with other dancers.
"A girl in Grade 1 danced at school and it looked really interesting, so I decided to try it."