Well done to Lacie Clarke, one of our talented 4th-class girls who came second in the Ulster Irish dancing championships. Ms. Shevlin who is pictured with Lacie is currently doing her teaching practice in the school and was the lead dancer in Lord of the Dance. She traveled the world dancing but thinks Bridgend N.S. is the best place she has ever been to. She was very impressed with Lacie’s dancing and says she has a bright future if she sticks to it. Well done Lacie. We asked Lacie to write a small diary on her dancing career as we hope that she will inspire the next generation of dancers in our school.

My name is Lacie Clarke and I have been doing Irish dancing since I was 5 years old. My teacher’s name is Edel Concannon and Leona McLaughlin. I dance for the Conncannon/McLaughlin school in Derry. I go Irish dancing 3 nights a week and I practice most nights at home.

Last Friday, I danced at the An Chomdhail/ Ulster Championships at Armagh City Hotel. There were 36 dancers in my competition. I came first in the heavy jig and second in my reel. I was second overall in the championship. There were 5 judges and one of them gave me 100 points. i was so happy as this was my first Ulsters with 5 judges looking at me.

I love Irish dancing and last year I went to see Lord of the Dance with my mammy and Edel my dance teacher. My favourite dancers are  Niamh Shevlin (one of our teachers)and Cassidy Ludwig. When I am older I would love to dance in Lord of the Dance or Riverdance.

Irish dancing is a really good sport because even though we are competing against each other I am friends with all the other dancers and we have so much fun together.


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