Young dancers prove they’re the reel thing at Irish contest

The McGuinness School of Dancing ' 'Photo: first row, left to right: Poppy Pritchard, Amy  Duggan, Hannah-Jane Lunny, Archie Pritchard, Emily Dougal, Katie Richardson, Kirstin Blake'second row: left to right Georgia Blyth, Caitlin Johnstone. Ella Berney-Smith, Pat McGuinness, Robyn Marley, Anna Thompson, Megan McGuinness
The McGuinness School of Dancing ' 'Photo: first row, left to right: Poppy Pritchard, Amy Duggan, Hannah-Jane Lunny, Archie Pritchard, Emily Dougal, Katie Richardson, Kirstin Blake'second row: left to right Georgia Blyth, Caitlin Johnstone. Ella Berney-Smith, Pat McGuinness, Robyn Marley, Anna Thompson, Megan McGuinness
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A GROUP of Northumberland dancers crossed over the Irish Sea to display their skills.

The 12 girls and one boy, aged six to 11, who attend the McGuinness School of Irish Dancing, took part in a competition in County Derry, Northern Ireland.

They competed against accomplished Irish dancers in solo and team events.

The Northumberland contingent, with some of them coming from Morpeth and Stannington, received many medals in the solo dances, ranging from gold to bronze and including commendations.

The team won silver medals in both the Under and Over 10s Team Dance Faeries in the Glen.

Members also came away with cups and trophies for special awards in Most Pleasing Six to Nine-year-olds, Most Promising Nine to 11 years and Encouragement Awards in both age groups.

Pat McGuinness, who teaches the dancers, said: “They practised a lot leading up to the competition and their hard work really paid off. We are all very proud of them.

“In addition to the competition itself they enjoyed meeting other dancers and watching the dancers from Ireland and are looking forward to going back next year.”

The children and their parents have been working hard all year at raising the funds to help pay for the trip.

This ranged from bag packing in supermarkets to cake stalls, along with donations when they appeared at local events and functions.

It consolidated a busy year for the group, which has performed at Whitley Bay Playhouse, Kirkley Hall, the Northumbrian Gathering and at a St Patrick’s night event run by the WI in Widdrington Station.

The McGuinness School of Irish Dancing will hold its own end of year festival at Stannington Village Hall on Saturday, between 9am and 4pm. Spectators are welcome.