Portarlington ladies dance up a storm

Irish dancers from Scoil Rince Lar Na Tire who were successful in their competitions recently
Scoil Rince Lar Na Tire students recently enjoyed great success at a national Irish dancing competition.

Scoil Rince Lar Na Tire students recently enjoyed great success at a national Irish dancing competition.

This was the first feis for many of the younger dancers who started last February as beginners.

Dancers ranging in age from two-and-a-half years old up to over 20 years of age scooped up top ranking in five championships.

These talented dancers were Kayla Stone, Nicola Sheridan, Kerrie Dunne, Stephanie Deegan and Susan Burke. In the solo events the class also had great success winning 32 first places and returning home to Portarlington with 56 prizes in tow.

Part of CRN, the school teaches children of two-and-a-half up to adults who attend classes twice a week in Lyles Dance Studio in Portarlington. The students are taught by Irish champion dancers Caithriona Greene and Anita Kenny.

The class is looking forward to their Irish Open Championship in May 2014 and also hope to travel to Glasgow in February to compete in the Scottish Championships.

The region also on the day presented the U21 Craobh Grad champion with a memorial cup in honour of the school’s late class member and dancer Lisa Bracken. Missed by her whole class Lisa Bracken was a big part of the school’s dancing family.

Teacher Caithriona Greene said: “We will always teach our dancers to love dance as much as she did. Lisa was a beautiful high spirited dancer who came to class and competitions throughout her long battle with cancer and her treatments, her dedication to her dancing was second to none. She lives on in the class and we will always keep her close.”