Search

Dancer earns spot at world Irish dancing championships

PUBLISHED: 18:52 25 February 2020 | UPDATED: 16:03 26 February 2020

Abi Bunn, 20, from North Walsham has qualified for the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships which take place in Dublin in April. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Abi Bunn, 20, from North Walsham has qualified for the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships which take place in Dublin in April. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Archant

A young dancer is drilling her steps as she prepares for the Irish dancing world championships.

Abi Bunn in action during an Irish dancing competition. Picture: Feis PhotosAbi Bunn in action during an Irish dancing competition. Picture: Feis Photos

Abi Bunn, from North Walsham, has been a member of the O'Connor & Hennigan Irish Dance Academy since it opened in Norwich in 2015, and is the first from the school to reach the finals.

To qualify, for the event in Dublin in April Abi had to dance her way through the regional competition in Coventry.

The 20-year-old remembers watching Riverdance as a child and said she has been "hooked ever since".

Abi said: "I am so excited but a little nervous for the World Championships in Dublin as its going to be the biggest and toughest competition I've ever competed in. I never thought I would get to this level let alone qualify for the worlds.

Abi Bunn, 20, from North Walsham has qualified for the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships which take place in Dublin in April. Picture: Neil DidsburyAbi Bunn, 20, from North Walsham has qualified for the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships which take place in Dublin in April. Picture: Neil Didsbury

"I just hope to dance my best and have two clean rounds with no mistakes.

"I would love to qualify for the second day but it will be a tough competition, just qualifying for the worlds is a dream come true for me.

"To be the first dancer from our Norwich class to dance at the Worlds feels amazing."

Abi is taught by former four-time world chapion Mandy Hennigan who travels from Essex to Norwich to hold weekly classes and said she could not have done it without her.

Abi Bunn, 20, from North Walsham has qualified for the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships which take place in Dublin in April. Picture: Neil DidsburyAbi Bunn, 20, from North Walsham has qualified for the CLRG World Irish Dance Championships which take place in Dublin in April. Picture: Neil Didsbury

The academy also has branches in Essex, Herfordshire and Berkshire and is the only CLRG - the world body for competitive Irish dancing - registered school in Norfolk.

Abi added: "With only one dance class a week I have to make sure I practice, drill my steps and workout every day. We also try to travel once or twice a week to extra classes in Hertfordshire.

"I would absolutely love to see more people Irish dance. The dance school actually runs an adult ceilidh class which is perfect for beginners to get a taste of Irish dance. It's really fun and is a great form of exercise. It would be great to see more people in Norfolk taking it up.

"The best thing about Irish dance for me are the lifelong friends you make both in class and from all over the country. And the music."

Abi Bunn in action during an Irish dancing competition. Picture: Feis PhotosAbi Bunn in action during an Irish dancing competition. Picture: Feis Photos

If you would like to take up Irish dancing classes are held in Norwich on Sundays at Cadge Road Community Centre. There is also a beginners class at North Walsham Community Centre on a Monday.

Email mandyhol@hotmail.co.uk for more information.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press