Rhode dancers take Irish Dancing Championships by storm

TWO Irish dancers from Rhode danced their way to success at the WIDA European and World Irish Dance Championships recently.

TWO Irish dancers from Rhode danced their way to success at the WIDA European and World Irish Dance Championships recently.

23 year old Tracey Swaine took first place in the European Championships while eight year old Christian Taylor had huge success in his category.

Both are members of The Kevin Lyster School of Irish Dance and competed in the European & World Irish Dance Championships at the Estrel Berlin Arena in Germany over the Easter weekend.

The Berlin Arena was brought to tears at the prestigious Irish Dance Drama Gala World Final as the 15 strong group from the Kevin Lyster School performed a magical dance called ‘Enchanted Dance’ created by Kevin himself. The performace took the near 2,000 strong crowd and judges by surprise with its beautiful and emotional opening which developed into a fast paced dance piece bringing modern & traditional Irish Dancing together.

It was agreed by the crowd that something special had taken place in the Berlin Arena and after a split decision the group were announced in second place in the World Championship, which was a massive achievement for their first time to enter such a hotly contested competition which was won by Scoil Rince Celtus of Germany & Netherlands.

Kevin’s Dances also made a huge impact in the Irish Dance Figure Choreograph Competition also taking 2nd place in the World Championship after Narnia School of the Ukraine.

15 dancers from the Rochfortbridge based WIDA School travelled to Berlin along with their families and dance teacher Kevin Lyster to the ever growing and now most popular Irish Dance organisation in the World (WIDA) with up to 20 countries represented at the World Irish Dance Association’s European & World Championships. They came from Canada, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Russia, Siberia, USA, and England to name a few. No Irish Dance organistion has such a vast number of countries in its organisation.