Irish dancers achieved brilliant results in recent exams

DANCE: Sophie Slack, 6, and Kate Palmer, 7, were the youngest dancers from PCYC Irish Dancers to take part in exams on September 21, 2013. Photo Contributed
DANCE: Sophie Slack, 6, and Kate Palmer, 7, were the youngest dancers from PCYC Irish Dancers to take part in exams on September 21, 2013. Photo Contributed Contributed

A COMMITMENT to pursuing perfection has paid off for PCYC Irish Dancers, as the group reviewed results from recent examinations.

The 17 dancers sat 41 exams on September 21 and all achieved brilliant results and passed with flying colours, said dance instructors Kylie Ware and Shelley Penrose.

It was the first time Irish dancing exams had been held in Gladstone and the dance instructors thanked Colette Shields from the Claddagh School of Irish Dance for registering and mentoring the dancers, as well as hosting the exams.

Ms Penrose said that unlike Irish Dancing Feis competitions, the exams provided dancers with individual feedback and a written assessment of their performance.

Sophie Slack, aged six years and Kate Palmer, seven, were the youngest dancers to take the exams, overcoming nerves to each dance by themselves in front of an examiner.

Other dancers who took the exams were Piper McDade, seven years, Amber Brennan, Kasi Richardson, Jenai Taylor and Olivia Tudman, all nine years, Natalie Brandon, 11 years, Erin Murphy, 12 years and Sunni Dearden, 16 years.

Seven adult dancers also took the exams - Shannon McKinley, Melanie Goodman-Jones, Rebecca Mahy, Anita Rienks, Katrina Murphy, Kylie Ware and Shelley Penrose.

The PCYC Irish Dancers will be performing at the Beach Arts Music Festival on November 2 and at the PCYC Irish Dancers Annual Concert, being held on November 16 from 10.30am at the Gladstone PCYC.

Irish dancing is for all ages, with social and competition classes available.

For information phone Gladstone PCYC on 49723122 or email info@pcycirishdancers.com.