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Celtic crew well decorated after competition

Lauren MacGill

The DanceWorks Celtic Dancers brought home over 50 medals from a recent Winnipeg competition. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

The DanceWorks Celtic Dancers brought home over 50 medals from a recent Winnipeg competition. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

After competing in Winnipeg, the Celtic dancers from DanceWorks have earned themselves a load of medals.

The DanceWorks Celtic dancers brought home over 50 medals from the CRN Competition in Winnipeg on May 26.

“It was a phenomenal medal count for us this year,” instructor Cathy Savage said. “This year the competition was a lot bigger, there were schools from Winnipeg and three schools from the States. There were up to 26 kids in some of the solo competitions.”

There are 18 dancers in the competitive group, and between them they brought home 53 medals in the solos and two second place, one third place and two recommendations in the team dances.

This was the Celtic dancers’ second year in the competition. “The girls were much more prepared and ready and knew what to expect,” Savage said. “There weren’t as many nerves. They did extremely well this year.”

The dancers range from grade 4 to 11 and come from Winkler, Morden, Carman, Somerset, La Riviere and Miami.

Jenna Weeks and Brianna Bruce have each been dancing for about four years now.

Weeks said the physicality was part of what drew her into the dance. “All you do is dance with your feet,” she said. “Your upper body doesn’t move.”

“I really like Irish dancing because of the movement,” Bruce said. “You’re always moving throughout the piece and dancing.”

The two have been training for most of the year, and said it was rewarding to see their hard work pay off.

“Our competition is our favourite thing to go to,” Weeks said.

“It’s a little bit nerve-wracking at the start, but once the medals come out you’re proud of yourself,” Bruce added.

Savage said you either love the dance or hate it. “I started Irish dancing when I was eight and then I started teaching in Morden about eight years ago,” she said. “You love it, you just can’t stop doing it. All the teachers at school say, ‘They’re always Irish dancing in the hallways.’ It’s nice to be able to bring that to this community.”

Classes run weekly from September to May, including a St. Patrick’s Day ceilidh, finishing off with a yearly recital. Savage said she is looking forward to next year.