Dancers Smash It at the All-Ireland international

By Aideen O’Flaherty

DANCERS from a Tymon North-based dance school took home seven trophies from the All-Ireland International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) Championships this month, while two groups of hip-hops dancers from the school came in first and second place at the Soar British Street Dance Championships last month.

The Smash It Dance Academy, which started with weekly hip-hop classes in 2015, now has over 100 fledgling dancers and the academy has grown to hold classes four days a week covering different dance disciplines including ballet, musical theatre and jazz.

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SUCCESS: Smash It Academy enjoyed success at the IDTA Championships and (right) their U-12 team at the British Street Dance Championships.

On Sunday, April 7, 75 students from the Smash It Dance Academy competed in the hip-hop and musical theatre sections, by performing a lyrical piece, of the All Ireland IDTA Championships in the Green Isle Hotel in Clondalkin.

The group managed to take home a total of seven trophies, including two first place trophies, three second place trophies and two third place trophies.

The dance academy’s two hip-hop crews also saw success with their performances at the Soar British Street Dance Championships in Wales last month, with the Under-12 team coming second out of eight teams, while the Under 16-team placed first at the championships.

Dionne Lawlor was the dance school’s 16-and-over British Champion for Solos, and Olivia Rooney and Amy Maher were crowned the 14+U Double British Champions.

 

Nadia Wilson, the owner of the Smash It Dance Academy, told The Echo that, for the dancers, winning in these championships “gives them a lot of confidence”.

“They learn new skills and they work together as a team. It makes them a lot closer, and they support each other.

“Smash It Dance Academy has a great bunch of hard-working kids who are all like family to each other.”

For more information, follow Smash It Dance Academy on Facebook and Instagram.

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