GLORY: PCYC Irish dancers Chloe Prior, Nicole Casey, Katie Murphy and Gabrielle Emerick with their haul of trophies from their first competition.
GLORY: PCYC Irish dancers Chloe Prior, Nicole Casey, Katie Murphy and Gabrielle Emerick with their haul of trophies from their first competition. Contributed

Citys Irish dancers win prizes

FOUR young Gladstone Irish dancers felt the rhythm when they travelled to Mackay last weekend to compete in the Irish Dancing Feis.

The four PCYC dancers brought home a huge haul of trophies and placings in their first competition for the club.

Gabrielle Emerick was the youngest competitor and first to take the stage.

She performed three dances and won first place for the Novice Trophy Reel (10yr & under), second for the Beginners Trophy Dance Reel (8 & 9yrs) and third for the Beginners Light Jig (8yr & under).

Gabrielle said Irish dancing was a lot of fun.

“It makes me happy. I used to get nervous but I don’t anymore,” Gabrielle said.

The club took home a clean sweep in the Novice Trophy Reel (11yr & over) with Chloe Prior taking first, Nicole Casey second and Katie Murphy third.

Chloe has been dancing for nine years and used to compete in England.

“When I’m on stage I only think about the dancing and it makes me feel good,” Chloe said.

Katie also received a fifth place for the Beginners Trophy Dance Reel (10yr & over) while Nicole Casey came second for the Beginners Trophy Dance Reel (10yr & over) and third for the Beginners Light Jig (9yr & over).

Katie said she had wanted to do dancing since was little.

“I love being on stage. It makes me feel both nervous and excited,” Katie said.

Nicole said she loved all the people involved in dancing.

“I don’t get nervous or scared either. I feel good,” said Nicole.

Chloe Prior was first in the Beginners Trophy Dance Reel (10yr & over), second in the Beginners Light Jig (9yr & over) and fourth in the Beginners Single Jig (all ages).

Chloe will now move up to the Primary level for her reel.

Dance teachers Shelley Williamson and Kylie Ware were very proud of their students’ efforts.

“With over 60 students we hope to interest a few more to have a go at the next competition in October at the Mackay eisteddfod,” Kylie said.

“We would like to thank Collette Shields of the Claddagh School of Irish Dance in Mackay for registering and mentoring our dancers.”

Contact Gladstone PCYC for information about Irish dancing.



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