MERRY BUNCH: PCYC Irish dancers Erin Murphy, Piper McDade and Olivia Tudman dressed in their competition solo dresses following the north Queensland Premierships in June 2013.
MERRY BUNCH: PCYC Irish dancers Erin Murphy, Piper McDade and Olivia Tudman dressed in their competition solo dresses following the north Queensland Premierships in June 2013. Contributed

Dancers set to bring jig to Gladstone Multicultural Festival

THOUGH there is little Irish heritage in the PCYC Irish Dancers group, the talented group still possesses a merry jig in its performance.

In celebration of multicultural week, the cultural dance group is set to put on a spectacular show at the 2013 Gladstone Multicultural Festival at the marina on Sunday, August 4.

Dance co-ordinators Shelley Penrose and Kylie Ware are passionate about the group, which continues to bring them back each year to volunteer with the dancers.

"Starting with dancers as young as two, we enjoy the benefits of watching them grow up into beautiful dancers," Ms Ware said.

Irish dancing is a specific style where dancers jump and leap in the air, performing effortless, graceful moves while keeping their arms still and close to the body.

Ms Ware said Irish dancing was split into soft shoe dances, hard shoe dances and ceili dances.

"Ceili refers to team dancing which is great fun, whereas soft shoe and hard shoe are danced as individual dances," she said.

"Shelley and I choreograph dances for local performances including our annual concert.

"We particularly like to challenge our dancers by choreographing 'themed' dances using modern or alternative music."

The group is set to compete in the Mackay Eisteddfod in October.

This year, the girls will be showcasing new dresses at the upcoming festival.

"It's not like any other type of dancing we have done before. It is challenging, but still a whole lot of fun," Ms Ware said.



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