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Ready to dance . . . Young Highland dancers (back, from left) Winnie Conlan (9), Lucy Mavor (10), Olivia Mavor (12), Katie Murphy (10) and Georgia Fraser (9), and (front, from left) Lily Murphy (8), Bailey Pearson (7), Ava Goodall (7) and Gemma Aker (9) look forward to the Heart of the Highlands show at the Oamaru Opera House on Thursday. PHOTO: DANA GOODALL

Oamaru dancers get a rare opportunity to take part in a touring show tonight.

Heart of the Highlands is a national dance show that will be presented by the touring Highland Dance Company of New Zealand at the Oamaru Opera House.

About 30 students from the Kimberley Mavor School of Dance will feature in the show.

Dance teacher Kimberley Mavor cannot wait to see some of her students on stage with the professionals.

“It’s very exciting,” she said.

Mrs Mavor was particularly excited about one of her younger students who would perform at the show.

“It’s great timing for this little 9-year-old boy, Nishan Ormandy, who will get the opportunity to dance with them,” she said.

“He’s actually doing an item with the blokes. He is really practising his routine.”

Mrs Mavor said this would be the first time the company had performed in Oamaru.

“I’m just so rapt that it’s coming to Oamaru,” she said.

“Highland dancing is really strong in this area, and it’s great that we don’t have to travel. For once, it’s coming to us.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and it’s exciting because who knows what ideas we might pick up for our show on November 25?”

Mrs Mavor started Highland dancing when she was 4, and has dabbled in virtually every aspect of the art.

“I’ve done numerous things – danced, competed, taught, judged, and taught at workshops throughout the country.”

Recently, she completed two years of training to become a Highland dance examiner.