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Irish Dancing growing in Port Elizabeth - McWilliams Academy of Dance

May 21, 2019
Irish Dancing growing in Port Elizabeth - McWilliams Academy of Dance

McWilliams Academy of Dance says Irish dancing gaining a following locally

Port Elizabeth - Irish Dancing is gaining in popularity and numbers in Port Elizabeth and throughout South Africa.

"Hosting international judges does the sport a world of good, as they share their knowledge and expertise with all the studios throughout South Africa, which is a developing country in the world of Irish Dancing," said Vanessa Forbes from the McWilliams Academy of Dance studio in Port Elizabeth.

"One such international examiner and adjudicator is Mr Seamus O’ Se from Dublin, Ireland.

"Mr O’ Se is travelling the country, adjudicating Irish Dancing exams and competitions at all the various studios.

"The MAD dancers from McWilliams Academy of Dance, gave him a warm Port Elizabeth welcome on Friday, the 17th of May, when he adjudicated all their grade exams from preliminary to grade 12! The studio was awarded excellent results!"

She said that the next day, he adjudicated the PE competition, ‘Feis on the Bay’, which was held at The Savoy Theatre.

Three little ungraded dancers (Jenna Eaton, Holly McMurray and Maya Smith) competed in the under category 7 and were the stars of the day!

McWilliams Academy of Dance Chairlady, Vanessa Pearce, said: ”It is really heartening to see so many new dancers enrolling and falling in love with this amazing dance form!”

Winners at McWilliams Academy of Dance Pre-Championships

The junior PC’s (pre-championships) were won by the following dancers:-

  • Madison Morris won the Caitlin Tribelhorn Trophy for PC1,
  • Hannah Stiglingh won the Georgia Turner Trophy for PC2,
  • Emily Oosthuizen won the Nicole Tribelhorn Trophy for PC3, and
  • Ruth Jacobs won the Ashleigh Dyke Trophy for PC4.

The Special Senior Section was won by Miss Jenna Hayes (17) from Collegiate High School, who was awarded the Courtney Pearce Trophy.

Channaed Oosthuizen placed second and Lauren Thompson was awarded third place.

Mr O’ Se commended the MAD dancers, teacher (Jenny McWilliams) and parents on the high standard of dancing, as well as their enthusiasm, dedication and their exemplary behaviour!

"The studio are now preparing for their next big competition, the South Coast Championships, which will be held in Durban during July and will be adjudicated by three international judges from Scotland, Ireland and England," said Forbes.

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