Local Irish dancers win big at national champs

2019-10-09 06:01
Pictured from left are Jemima Opperman, who came fourth in the 12–14 years category, Jenny McWilliams (owner and teacher), Shanna du Plessis (third place in 11 years and under category) and Jenna Hayes, who obtained second place in the 16-17 years category.             Photo:SUPPLIED

Pictured from left are Jemima Opperman, who came fourth in the 12–14 years category, Jenny McWilliams (owner and teacher), Shanna du Plessis (third place in 11 years and under category) and Jenna Hayes, who obtained second place in the 16-17 years category. Photo:SUPPLIED

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AT the recent 14th annual South African Irish Dance Championship which was recently held at Beaulieu College in Kyalami from the September 27–29, dancers from McWilliams Academy of Dance (M.A.D) made Port Elizabeth proud when three of their dancers were crowned SA champions in their respective age groups.

Nine of their dancers also qualified to represent South Africa at the 50th Irish Dancing World Championships, which are due to be held in Dublin, Ireland, from April 5-12, 2020.

Every single M.A.D championship dancer featured on the podium and were placed within the top four of their respective events.

Two junior dancers, Megan Walker and Lara Fowlds, won their pre-championship competitions.

This year’s SA Championship was adjudicated by Dara O’ Shea, Marie Casey and Katie Maguire,

The M.A.D dancers are now enjoying a well-deserved rest, after which they will begin with preparations for the upcoming World Championships.

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