Contestants show all the right moves as Carrick hosts festival of dance

Emily Quirke, Johnny Cronin School, won the age 16 open championship; Chloe Irwin 2nd, Jordan Academy; Toni Steele 3rd, Seven Towers; Faith Nicole Thompson 4th, Bentra School; Hannah Fitzimmons 5th, Wilson School.  INCT 25-724-CON  Photos and report by John Egan
Emily Quirke, Johnny Cronin School, won the age 16 open championship; Chloe Irwin 2nd, Jordan Academy; Toni Steele 3rd, Seven Towers; Faith Nicole Thompson 4th, Bentra School; Hannah Fitzimmons 5th, Wilson School. INCT 25-724-CON Photos and report by John Egan

Carrickfergus recently played host to the Ulster Championships of Irish dance organisation, Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa.

The event was organised by teachers Ruth McCalmont-Long, Marti Shields and June McCalmont of the Royal Tara Dance Academy.

Annie-Belle Nesbitt, Seven Towers, the age 5 winner.  INCT 25-723-CON

Annie-Belle Nesbitt, Seven Towers, the age 5 winner. INCT 25-723-CON

The renowned local dance school, which holds classes in Carrickfergus and Larne, was formed as a festival dance school over 40 years ago by June, an accomplished champion dancer of her time.

Now in its fifth year, the championship continues to grow in size and to attract dancers from all over Ireland, England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

This is an indication of the growing popularity of CRDM, a relatively new dance organisation. The next major dance event in the CRDM calendar is the All Ireland Championships, which will take place over four days from today (June 23) in Killarney.

Elland Collier, Jordan Academy, winner on the age 15 championship.  INCT 25-725-CON

Elland Collier, Jordan Academy, winner on the age 15 championship. INCT 25-725-CON

Taylor Robinson, Royal Tara, won the over 16 prelim championship.  INCT 25-726-CON

Taylor Robinson, Royal Tara, won the over 16 prelim championship. INCT 25-726-CON

Jordan Academy took the first four places in the age 13 prelim championship, with Sophie Lister Tinsley 1st, Jodie Baird 2nd, Jonathan McManus 3rd, Zoe Maxwell 4th. Abbie McCosh of Seven Towers came 5th.  INCT 25-734-CON

Jordan Academy took the first four places in the age 13 prelim championship, with Sophie Lister Tinsley 1st, Jodie Baird 2nd, Jonathan McManus 3rd, Zoe Maxwell 4th. Abbie McCosh of Seven Towers came 5th. INCT 25-734-CON