World ti­tles ga­lore for Bree dance school!

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PADRAIG BYRNE

WHILE World Ti­tles aren’t too easy to come by, Wex­ford Academy of Ir­ish Danc­ing in Bree rounded off a suc­cess­ful year with no less than six World Ti­tles re­cently fol­low­ing the 2018 World Open Cham­pi­onships at the INEC in Kil­lar­ney. In ad­di­tion to the six solo World Cham­pi­onship ti­tles, the tal­ented group also man­aged to bring back five team cha­pi­onship ti­tles to Wex­ford, much to the pride of their fam­ily, friends and teacher Ca­tri­ona Leacy.

Conor Long man­aged to cap­ture the gents U21 belt, while his sis­ter Amy man­aged to see off some strong com­pe­ti­tion to the Ladies U18. First cousins and brother and sis­ter Erin and Cian For­tune brought home the Ladies U17 and Boys U11 ti­tles mak­ing it an ex­tremely proud week­end for the Long/For­tune fam­i­lies. This rep­re­sented Erin’s sec­ond World Ti­tle hav­ing won the U15 ti­tle in 2016, while Emma Mur­phy from Poul­peasty kept her win­ning streak go­ing in the wake of her Ir­ish Open Cham­pi­onship U14 win by adding the cov­eted Ladies U14 ti­tle. Cian also cap­tured the boys U11 Ir­ish Open Cham­pi­onship.

At 11 years of age Ciara Byrne from Cur­roughn­a­boola, Bree, had al­ready won four Ir­ish Open ti­tles and three World ti­tles not to men­tion the many re­gional and ma­jor ti­tles. Amaz­ingly she claimed her fourth World ti­tle and fifth Ir­ish Open ti­tle this year.

The Wex­ford Academy of Ir­ish Dance has carved out a won­der­ful rep­u­ta­tion over the years and they man­aged to ful­fil their po­ten­tial at the World Cham­pi­onships with the U13 team claim­ing the Mixed Ceili ti­tle and the Aosanach U16 team claim­ing the ladies Ceili ti­tle. In the Foirne com­pe­ti­tions, the school won a to­tal of three out of five com­pe­ti­tions, per­form­ing their own chore­ographed pieces and win­ning top marks from all five ad­ju­di­ca­tors in each com­pe­ti­tion.

There was a def­i­nite fly­ing of the Wex­ford flag as the U10, U13 and U16 teams danced to ‘A Trip to Puck Fair’, ‘Me­an­der­ing by the River Slaney’ and ‘ The Trea­sure of County Wex­ford’.

They ab­so­lutely nailed their per­for­mances and chore­og­ra­phers and teach­ers Kay Kee­ley, Sinead Long and Ca­tri­ona Leacy were over the moon.

In other com­pe­ti­tions, the school cap- tured 15 plac­ings in the solo com­pe­ti­tions which in­cluded two sec­ond plac­ings by Emily Slevin and Kasey Doyle while Cil­lian Dempsey, Aine Byrne and Ciara Mck­elvie all cap­tured third place Globes. Five more Ceili teams placed in what was an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful out­ing for the academy.

World cham­pi­ons, at back, Emma Mur­phy and Ciara Byrne; and front, Conor Long, Amy Long, Erin For­tune and Eoin For­tune.

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