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Ruby Treacy Brien, Katie Montgomery, Mayah Kennedy and Ali Hef­fer­nan at the Dowl­ing School of Dance re­union and cel­e­bra­tion of their 2016 World Cham­pi­onship win.

MEM­BERS of The Dowl­ing School of Dance moved their way to the top when they were crowned world freestyle cham­pi­ons at the An Comhd­hail World Ir­ish Danc­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Bray dance teacher Claire Dowl­ing and 40 of her Ir­ish dancers made the jour­ney to the com­pe­ti­tion in Kil­lar­ney and their par­tic­i­pa­tion cer­tainly paid off. Along with bring­ing home over 40 medals, the school picked up their sec­ond world ti­tle in the over 16 Freestyle cat­e­gory.

It was their en­ter­tain­ing dance drama that won the judges over on the day. The group of young dancers put a spin on pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show Strictly Come Danc­ing, com­plete with four judges, two hosts, five dancers and some celebri­ties. Five mem­bers of the dance troop took on new per­sonas as Bruno Mars, Niall Ho­ran, Mrs Brown, Michael Bu­ble and Bey­once and per­formed a med­ley of ball­room and Ir­ish danc­ing with their fel­low dancers.

The suc­cess­ful step for­ward co­in­cided with an­other im­por­tant event for Claire and mem­bers of The Dowl­ing School of Dance – the school’s 25th an­niver­sary. Claire estab­lished her dance school in the Bray and Enniskerry ar­eas 25 years ago and to cel­e­brate, the school held a world party and past pupil re­union in the Royal Ho­tel.

A large crowd came along to cel­e­brate the school’s achieve­ments, in­clud­ing many Le­in­ster ti­tles and two world ti­tles.

Many of Claire’s ex-pupils have de­cided to fol­low in her foot­steps and with the help of Claire, passed their Ir­ish danc­ing teacher ex­ams.

(Back, from left) Ber­gin Gray, Avril Byrne, Amy Tem­ple, Dolores Doyle, Jen­nifer Byrne, Os­car O’Broin, Lorna Newell, Anne Ryan, Sarah Jane Tem­ple, (mid­dle) Danielle Kennedy, Jen­nifer Ryan, Lauren Gilooly, Katie Newell, Joanne Con­way, (front) Aoife Tem­ple and Scott Tem­ple at the Dowl­ing School of Dance re­union and cel­e­bra­tion of their 2016 World Cham­pi­onship per­for­mance.

Claire Dowl­ing with Laura Fo­ley, Eimear McGrath and Cian Flood, who started danc­ing with her when they were aged four and have now grad­u­ated to be­come teach­ers them­selves.

Ben McGuin­ness, Cal­lum Walsh and Ryan Mur­phy.

Amelia Booth, El­lie McCormack, Bon­nie Loughrey and Kate McDe­vitt.

Rachel Ho­ran and Lara Har­ris­son.

Is­abelle Poveda, Jake Keogh and Gabrielle Byrne.

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