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Local Irish dancers start year on a high note

By Jesica Slabbert - Mar 8, 2019
Local Irish dancers start year on a high note

The year started off with a bang for the ladies of the McWilliams Academy of Dance (M.A.D), as they participated in their first local dancing competition for the year on 2 March at Edgemead in Cape Town.

Nine ladies from M.A.D put their best foot forward and had the honour of representing the Eastern Cape. These girls from Port Elizabeth performed brilliantly, raking up a total of 13 gold medals and five silver medals between themselves.

Dancers Courtney Pearce and Nicole Wright also won their ‘reel’ trophy dance!

The next competition that the MADS are preparing for, is the World Championships, to be held during April 2019 in the USA!

Local Irish dancers prepare to compete in America

During the 2018 South African Championships, ten amazing young dancers from M.A.D qualified to represent South Africa at the World Irish Dancing Championships to be held in the USA during April 2019.

Six of the dancers; Tammy Forbes, Courtney Pearce, Josie Opperman, Lauren Thopmson, Jemima Opperman and Janna Hayes, competed at the All Ireland’s Irish Dancing Championships that were held at Killarney, Ireland from the 17th to the 23rd of February 2019:

For many of them, this was the first time that they represented South Africa in an official capacity and it was the result of many months of hard work and perseverance. Another MAD dancer, Sarah Sharp (15), also took part. This was her second international competition.

“All Ireland’s is the second most important major championship in the world and it is truly a wonderful opportunity for dancers from a developing country such as SA, to share the stage with the best dancers in the world,” said M.A.D teacher and owner Jenny McWilliams.

“The sport can only go from strength to strength when we are given these amazing platforms from which to grow! The MADS are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them for representing their country with distinction and grace.”

The next competition that the MADS are preparing for, is the World Championships being held in North Carolina next month with five of their dancers taking part.

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