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1 June, 2021

Outstanding dance affair

Two of the biggest competitions on the North Queensland dancing calendar were held in Townsville on the weekend, the Barrier Reef Highland Dancing Championships and the North Queensland Irish Dancing Premierships.

A local contingent of students from International Dance Affair attended these events with outstanding results.  The Northern Heather Highland Dancing Titles were held on Saturday with Amy Williamson being crowned the overall winner of the Novice Level Title. Lily Williamson received fourth place in the Intermediate Title and Lilly Forslund gained fourth place in the Beginners Title.  The three dancers gained a total of 13 top three placings.

 The Irish dancers hit the stage on Sunday and they also received fantastic results in the premier events with Chelsea Danastas on top of the podium, winning the Senior Open Premiership and Elizabeth Mortimer winning the Beginners Premiership 11 years and over.  Runner-up dancers were Elise Harrison (Beginner,s eight years), Amy Williamson (Primary 12 years and under) and Kaydee O'Brien (Intermediate 13 years and under).  

Mischa Anastasi, Katelyn Shepherd and Abigail Manning received third places in their respective age groups and Abigail McCormick gained fourth place.  Dancers Isabella McCormick, Millie Mousey, Rebekah Harris and Marika Zarzecki received Highly Commended awards in their respective Premiership age groups.

 International Dance Affair dancers had incredible results in the Team Dancing events too, with their dancers taking out overall first place in the Under 10, Under 12 and Open Age categories.

 The Irish dancers received a total of 21 first placings, 23 runner-up placings and a further 39 top placings.

 International Dance Affair Highland and Irish dancers are going from strength to strength and can't wait to perform in the next competition which will be hosted by IDA on June 12 and 13 at the North Mackay State High School hall. Dancers will be coming from Cairns to Brisbane to compete in the Title, Premiership and supporting events.

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