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  • Northside East

Northside dancers have the whole world at their feet 

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 1:00pm
Northside dancers have  the whole world at their feet 

Members of the Keep It Lit Crew pictured with their coach Donna Moran from Blanchardstown. 

Northside dancers have  the whole world at their feet 

Members of the Keep It Lit Crew pictured with their coach Donna Moran from Blanchardstown. 

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THERE was cheers and tears of joy as Jordan Nguyen was crowned World Street Dance Champion 2017 in Glasgow last month.  

Jordan was among 110 dancers and supporters from Fit Kids/Fit Teens Dance Schools in local areas including Blanchardstown, Clonee, Finglas, Swords and Skerries  who travelled to the event. Teens from approximately 30 countries battled it out over four days to claim the coveted title. 

Speaking after his victory, Jordan (17) said: "Winning first place was honestly the best feeling in the world. Being able to represent my country against so many other countries was such an amazing experience. This moment can never been taken away from me.

“If it wasn't for the support of my parents, Donna Moran (my instructor since I was young), and all my fellow Fit Kids/Fit Teens dancers and instructors, I wouldn't have been able to get on to that stage and dance my heart out. That, and all the hard work and training made this happen.” 

Not only did Jordan triumph, but Fit Kids/Fit Teens also brought home many awards. Onai Tafuma was ranked sixth in the world for Adult Solos, Tomi Akingba and Sidas Bagavicius were ranked fourth for Adult Duos, Hannah Krzywda, Aine Carolan, Anthony Rattigan and Beko Mguga were also finalists. In the Crew section both the Caution Crew (U-10 years) and Keep It Lit (U-16 years) also achieved finalist awards. The crews comprised children from many local areas while the Battle Crew also made it to the top four in the world and were thrilled with their success. Blanchardstown instructor Rachel Murphy couldn't be more proud.

"The children and instructors have worked so hard and were so proud to represent their country,” she said. 

“It was extremely competitive and the standard was through the roof. They were wonderful ambassadors. We are overwhelmed by the lovely letters of support from TDs and Councillors, the media and public.”

CHAMPION: Jordan Nguyen pictured after his stunning victory in Glasgow. Members of the Caution Crew pictured with their coach Jamie Boylan, from Blanchardstown.    

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