STARS: Cadence Ware, Piper McDade, Jenai Taylor, Olivia Tudman and Natalie Brandon competed in the State Irish Dancing Championships this month.
STARS: Cadence Ware, Piper McDade, Jenai Taylor, Olivia Tudman and Natalie Brandon competed in the State Irish Dancing Championships this month. Contributed

Irish dancers show off fancy footwork at state level

SPRAY tans, bouffant hair and bouncy dresses all featured in the State Irish Dancing Championships in Caloundra earlier this month.

Five Irish dancers from Gladstone competed in the event and did exceptionally well in every category.

Volunteer instructor Kylie Ware said the competition was tough but the girls rocked their performances.

"The girls remained confident throughout the whole event - they worked really hard and we are really proud," she said.

"They all danced beautifully, had fun and forged new friendships along the way."

The girls competed in age group categories from seven years to 12 years.

Each competitor performed three dances including the hard shoe round, the soft shoe round and a set dance round.

Replica Irish dancing balloon dolls were made by Happy Faces - Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos to celebrate the girls' success and hard work throughout the year.

Irish dancing classes are held each Saturday at the Gladstone PCYC.

For information phone 4972 3122.

State Irish Championship results:

  • Seven years and above: Cadence Ware - 14th
  • Nine years and above: Piper McDade - 11th
  • 10 years and above: Olivia Tudman - 7th, Jenai Taylor - 11th
  • 12 years and above: Natalie Brandon - 19th


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