Spring in their step

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Six­teen young dancers from Kerry School of Ir­ish Danc­ing have hit the in­ter­na­tional stage and re­turned tri­umphant.

Mila and Char­lie Pratt, Olivia and Jess Ludgate, Sa­man­tha Tait, Shan­non Hul­lett, Joa­hanna Scott- Ro­driguez, Alex Cramp­ton, Kira Tomil­i­son, and Jeremy Bur­rell placed re­spectably in their danc­ing di­vi­sions at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Oireach­tas on the Gold Coast in May.

Most of the young dancers fin­ished in the top 10, and Shan­non Hul­lett was 20th and Joa­hanna Scott-Ro­driguez 22nd.

Milla and Char­lie Pratt, Alex Cramp­ton, and Kira Tomil­i­son said it was ex­cit­ing to be part of an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and that they were proud of how they per­formed.

Mother and daugh­ter duo Sharon and Kristina Craig, who run the school, said the dancers came away with re­ally good re­sults.

‘‘We placed very high as there were about 40 other dancers in each age group.

‘‘It was a re­ally good ef­fort and shows that we’re get­ting bet­ter,’’ Kristina Craig said.

‘‘ For many of them it was their first time over­seas. They were all re­ally ex­cited and we’re re­ally proud with how they went.’’

Each dancer took part in two solo per­for­mances and if they were re­called by judges, per­formed again.

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Kerry School of Ir­ish Danc­ing are work­ing to­wards a com­pe­ti­tion in Christchurch next month, as well as the New Zealand Ir­ish danc­ing cham­pi­onship in Oc­to­ber.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Top in their class. Alex Cramp­ton, rear. Kira Tomil­i­son, left, Milla and Char­lie Pratt, right.

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