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PE dancer the pride of South Africa

Mar 9, 2018
PE dancer the pride of South Africa

Miss Courtney Pearce (25) continues to make headlines as she dances her way into the record books!

Courtney represents the M.A.D Irish Dancing studio (McWilliams Academy of Dance) in Port Elizabeth.

During 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 lady to ever recall at Worlds! Essentially, this means that after the initial 2 rounds, her collective score placed her in the  top 50 competitors, who are then given the opportunity to dance one more item for the panel of adjudicators in the final round. Courtney came 47th out of 204 competitors in the ladies over 21 category and was awarded a prestigious recall medal.

At the SA Champs held in October 2017, she was crowned 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 2018! This is the 8th time that she has qualified for Worlds.

Courtney made history again when she attended the All Scotland Championships in October 2017 for the first time and became the highest placing South African female Irish dancer ever at an International competition, by placing 12th.

Courtney took part in the All Irelands Championships in February 2018 and achieved outstanding results! She came 10th in her soft shoe round and 14th in her hard shoe, earning an impressive overall result of 37th.

These are phenomenal achievements for a dancer from a developing country and her teacher Jennifer McWilliams and all the MAD dancers and parents are tremendously proud of her.