Local dancer makes history around the world

2018-03-07 06:01
Courtney Pearce has produced phenomenal achievements in her dancing career and her teacher Jennifer McWilliams, together with her parents and all the MAD dancers, are tremendously proud of her. Photos:SUPPLIED

Courtney Pearce has produced phenomenal achievements in her dancing career and her teacher Jennifer McWilliams, together with her parents and all the MAD dancers, are tremendously proud of her. Photos:SUPPLIED

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LOCAL dancer Courtney Pearce (25) continues to break new ground for a South African competitor in the world of Irish dancing.

In April last year she took part in the Irish Dancing World Championships in Dublin, Ireland and made history when she became the first South African woman to ever be “recalled” at the competition.

Essentially, this meant that after the initial two rounds, her collective score placed her in the top 50 competitors, who were then given the opportunity to dance one more item for the panel of adjudicators in the final round.

Pearce, who represents the M.A.D (McWilliams Academy of Dance) Irish Dancing studio in Port Elizabeth, was placed 47th out of 204 competitors in the ladies over 21 category and was awarded a prestigious recall medal.

At the SA Championships held in October last year, she was crowned the SA champion in the senior ladies section and also qualified to represent South Africa at the World Championships to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in March this year.

This is the eighth time that Pearce has qualified for the World Championships.

She made history again when she attended the All Scotland Championships in October last year for the first time and became the highest placing South African female Irish dancer at an international competition by placing 12th.

Pearce’s latest achievement was last month when she took part in the prestigious All Ireland Championships and achieved outstanding results. She was placed 10th in her soft shoe round and 14th in her hard shoe, earning an impressive overall result of 37th place.

“These are phenomenal achievements for a dancer from a developing country and all the McWilliams Academy of Dance dancers and parents are tremendously proud of her,” said Pearce’s dance teacher, Jennifer McWilliams.

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