Star solo for Morgan Bamford in her tattoo debut

Last updated 05:00 04/08/2014

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New Plymouth's world champion highland dancer Morgan Bamford is a star performer at the Edinburgh Tattoo.

Bamford, 21, opens the tattoo every night with a solo performance choreographed especially for her.

She is also involved in several other items as part of the Commonwealth team of dancers, her father Mark Bamford said.

"It is a big honour for her to be asked to lead the Commonwealth team, especially with the Games on over there."

The tattoo started last Friday and goes until August 23. It has an estimated television audience of 100 million.

Bamford, the current highland dancing world champion, had not been involved with the tattoo before, he said.

However, she has now retired from competition and will not defend her title at the world champs at Cowal in Scotland at the end of the month.

Instead, she will be there supporting a pupil from Waipukurau who travels to New Plymouth for lessons, Mark Bamford said.

With 90 pupils, Morgan Bamford's teaching of highland dancing and acro, a combination of dance and acrobatics, is a fulltime job.

In Scotland she will sit her international judging exams, which will make her one of the most highly qualified highland dancers in New Zealand. Over 13 years Bamford has won every major title at the Cowal Highland Games and last year took out the top award when she was the first person to win every class.

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