World Championship success for young street dancers of Dance Revolution

Dancers from the Dance Revolution school in Clonmel who competed in the Worlds X Street Dancing Championships. Back from left: Rebecca Neill, dance instructor, Robyn Hill, Zoe Burke, Craig Power, Alex Bradshaw, Kyle Allen, Evan Murphy, Sean Kenny, Jean Morrissey, Nicole Dunphy. Front: Cian Breen, Callum Butler, Adam Coffey, Ben Coffey, Robbie Millie.
A Clonmel dance school has returned from the Worlds X Street Dancing Championships in Scotland laden with trophies.

A Clonmel dance school has returned from the Worlds X Street Dancing Championships in Scotland laden with trophies.

Fifteen dancers from Dance Revolution based at the Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex in Clonmel dazzled judges at the UDO world championships in Glasgow with their hip hop and break dancing skills.

They were among 3,500 young dancers from 33 countries who competed in the Championships that ran from August 28 to 30.

In the solo competitions, Craig Power from Carrick-on-Suir was third in the U-12 beginners category; Callum Butler from Cashel was 6th in the U-10 beginners contest and Evan Murphy from Clonea-Power was 5th in the U-14 Intermediate level category.

The other prize winners were six year-old Ben Coffey from Cahir and nine year-old Cian Breen from Fethard, who were sixth in the U-10 doubles contest.

In the group events, the 10-member “House of Madness” team danced their way into the semi-final of the Over-18 competition while the five-strong “Mad Stars” troup reached the U-10 group semi-final.

Dance Revolution founder Rebecca Neill said their dancers previously won lots of All-Ireland competitions but this was the first time any of them competed in the world championship.

They first of all had to make it through the qualifying heats in Dublin, and in the run up to the World Championships the Dance Revolution team put in long hours rehearsing.

Ann Marie Power, mother of Craig Power, was one of a group of parents who travelled with the dancers to support them at the championships. She said Craig, who celebrated his 12th birthday on his return from Scotland, was delighted with his success. The Carrick CBS Green School student has been an avid dancer since the age of six and attended the “On Your Toes” school in Clonmel before joining Dance Revolution.

Rebecca paid tribute to the parents who supported their children at the championships and fund-raised for the trip to Scotland.

And she said she was so proud of all her young dancers.

“I told them before we went to Glasgow that they were going to the World Championships for the experience, that it was a bit of fun and winning was a bonus. I was overwhelmed with their achievements.”

The 15 Dance Revolution dancers’ next big challenge is the European Street Dance Championships in Germany next May.