Champion dancer has Scottish dream

Rosa Sangster is ranked No 1 in New Zealand after winning the under-18 New Zealand Highland and...
Rosa Sangster is ranked No 1 in New Zealand after winning the under-18 New Zealand Highland and National Dancing Championships in Invercargill at the weekend. Photo by Peter McIintosh.
New Zealand's No 1 under-18 Highland and national dancer at the age of 14, Rosa Sangster still has a big dream to fulfill.

The Queens High School pupil aims to be performing in Scotland by the time she is 20.

Rosa won the 2009 under-18 title in Invercargill at the weekend against 41 competitors from throughout the country.

Of the 10 categories in which she competed, she won four, was runner-up in four and gained a fifth and sixth.

The aggregate of results made her the youngest under-18 champion in the 100-year history of the competition.

Rosa said she was surprised at her success.

"I was pretty ecstatic," she said.

"I went down there to get in the top 10.

''I wasn't dreaming of beating the older girls.

"Now, the pressure will really come on, because every time I go out and dance, people will watch me.

"I've got a reputation to live up to now."

Over the coming months, Rosa will compete in the under-16 New Zealand Highland and National Dancing Championships in Ashburton in July, complete her Dancing Association of New Zealand advanced grade dancing exam later in the year, and compete in the under-16, under-18 and over-18 categories of the 2010 New Zealand Highland and National Dancing Championships in Blenheim.

Her short-term ambitions are to retain some of her titles, and build on her portfolio of success in the hope she will be asked to participate in the Edinburgh Tattoo within five years.

Rosa, who started dancing when she was 4, spends, on average, about two hours a day practising.

"Winning competitions like this makes all those hours rehearsing all worthwhile," she said.

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