Local dancers make history at world champs in Dublin

2017-04-26 06:02
From left are Courtney Pearce, Jennifer McWilliams and Siobhan Moore.Photo:SUPPLIED

From left are Courtney Pearce, Jennifer McWilliams and Siobhan Moore.Photo:SUPPLIED

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FOUR dancers from the McWilliams Academy of Dance (M.A.D) studio in Port Elizabeth took part in the recent Irish Dancing World Championships in Dublin, Ireland.

The dancers are Courtney Pearce, Siobhan Moore, Michaela Flood and Jenna Hayes.

Pearce (24) made history when she became the first South African lady to ever recall at Worlds. This means that after the initial two rounds, her collective score placed her in the top 50 competitors, who are then given the opportunity to dance one more item for the panel of adjudicators in the final round.

Courtney came in 47th place out of 204 competitors in the Ladies Over 21 category and was awarded a prestigious recall medal.

“This is a dream come true! This is the 10th year that SA dancers have been competing at Worlds and it’s an incredible honour to be the dance teacher of the first female to ever make it to the recall round,” said Jennifer McWilliams, owner of the M.A.D studio.

Moore (20) also made headlines when she was the only South African dancer to be awarded the Aisling Award, which is given to the highest placed dancer, per age category, from a developing country.

The M.A.D studio is tremendously proud of all four dancers who helped put Irish Dancing in South Africa on the map.

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