Irish eyes are smiling after contest wins

By Abby Rugg

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Irish eyes are smiling after contest wins

Hannah Glenton, left, and Benjamin Curliss with their dance teacher, Katie Collins.

TWO Irish dancers on the Isle of Wight have been crowned national champions at the 2012 Celtic and European championships.

Hannah Glenton, 14, of Cowes, won the under-15 primary championship and Benjamin Curliss, ten, of Clarence Road, Newport, won the over-nine category.

They both belong to Ceri Irish dancers, a dance school operating in West Wight, Carisbrooke and Cowes, which took 17 dancers to the major Irish dancing event, held in Poole.

In total, 380 dancers competed from 23 schools from Ireland, Scotland and England.

The standard of dancing was so high many dancers needed to perform again so the adjudicators could select a winner.

In many cases, just one quarter of a point separated the results.

Other Island dancers, who won trophies in their groups, include Jorja Hinton, Hannah Sim and William Poucher.


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