Hailee Pearce dancing her way to the top

The hard work is paying off for Penola highland dancer Hailee Pearce.

In her first year in the 12-15 year age group, 12-year-old Hailee has just added another championship title to her collection.

As a junior in the 11 years and under level, the Margaret Cleves trained highland dancer secured six championship wins in events throughout South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria.

Hailee's highland dancing skills have continued to shine through into the 12-15 year section, winning the championship title at the recent City of Port Adelaide Championships in Adelaide.

Hailee won the 12-15 year championship event with a first place in the Sword Dance, Seann Truibhas and Highland Reel, as well as a 3rd place in the Highland Fling over a large group of 14 competitors from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Hailee also won the premier 12-15 year title.

Fellow Margaret Cleves student Abbey Freebairn also upheld the same high standard of dancing, winning runner-up in the same section. Abbey gained the 12-15 years championship runner-up title with a 1st in the Highland Fling, and a 2nd in both the Seann Truibhas and Highland Reel. Abbey also placed runner-up in the premier 12-15 year title.

In the Barrier Reef Highland Dancing Championship held in Townsville earlier in the month, Hailee was runner-up in the 12-13 year age group, Abbey was runner-up in the 14-15 year age group, and Correa Bachman finished 3rd overall in the 11 years and under section.

To maintain her highland dancing skills and fitness level Hailee attends three highland dancing lessons a week, a private training and two fitness personal trainings on top of her own home training two times a day.

Hailee has set her sights on dancing in Scotland at the World Highland Dancing event in two years' time. Being the youngest of the 12-15 year age group has not deterred her from continuing to work hard on her highland dancing skills and the results are displayed in her continued success.