PE Irish Dancers off to Glasgow for international competition


Eight dancers from the Port Elizabeth-based Irish dancing group, the McWilliams Academy of Dance (MAD) are getting their costumes ready for the 2016 World Irish Dance Championships.

The competition, which runs for eight days annually, will take place in Glasgow, United Kingdom from the 20th to the 27th of March 2016.

MAD dance teacher, registered with the Irish Dance Commission, Jennifer McWilliams, expressed her excitement over the increased number of the qualifiers than previous years.

“We are extremely excited. This is a major accomplishment [for us]... last year we had four qualifiers,” McWilliams told RNews.

MAD was formed in 2010 with only two dancers, the group now consists of 27 registered dancers, who are mostly females.

Having members qualify for the World Championship is not something new for MAD, as some of their dancers represented the group in Canada in 2015.

“In April this year, Courtney Pearce, Siobhan Moore and Jenna Hayes took part in the World Championships which took place in Montreal,” said McWilliams.

McWilliams added that she gets inspiration from the successful Irish shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.