Congratulations to our 2020 Award Winners. All hard-working, dedicated and enthusiastic dancers who are much-deserved winners! They are:
Intermediate/Open Solo Dancer of the Year - Tyler Watkins; Runner-Up - Emily Murphy Beginner/Primary Solo Dancer of the Year - Jensen Walker; Runner-Up - Poppy Moore Most Conscientious Dancer - Abbie Gallagher; Runner-Up - Alice Keys Most Improved Dancer - Hannah Owens; Runner-Up - Aaliyah Taylor & Mikaela Maurer Most Promising Dancer - Claire O'Sullivan; Runner-Up - Taylah Mann Most Dedicated Dancer - Katherine Knauseder; Runner-Up - Lexie Roberts Newcomer of The Year - Elisa Philp Fidelmann Dancer's Award (voted by their peers) - Winner - Alice Keys; Runner-Up - Tyler Watkins
Encouragement Award Winners: 6Yrs & U - Isabelle Westall 7 & 8Yrs - Annabelle Parsonage 9 & 10Yrs - Marijana Barbir 11 & 12Yrs - Olivia Roberts 13 & 14Yrs - Sophie Russell 15Yrs & O - Matilda Goldie
Dancer of the Month
As our 2019 dancing year wraps up, we are thrilled to announce our OCTOBER & NOVEMBER“WATKINS ACADEMY DANCER OF THE MONTH” award winners! Our “OCTOBER DANCER OF THE MONTH” is ISABELLE IND & our “NOVEMBER DANCER OF THE MONTH” is CHLOE ELLIOTT.
Two of our younger dancers, both Isabelle and Chloe have shown a lot of enthusiasm this term.
ISABELLE made her Feis and Exam debut in October and we were so impressed with how she coped with the pressure of the two events – all on the same day! Isabelle was focused, determined and excited to be taking the next step in her Irish dancing. She went home with medals from the AIDA Queensland Premierships and she passed her first CLRG Grade Exam!
Her beaming smile is sweet and infectious and she is a keen worker at class. And at only five years of age, we know Isabelle has a great future ahead of her if she keeps working hard and enjoying her Irish dancing.
And our “November” winner, CHLOE, is new to Irish dancing and will make her stage debut in our end of year show, “Anything Irish Goes”, on Sunday December 1 at the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia.
Also only five years old, Chloe has thrown herself into our concert preparation with gusto! Learning new routines for the concert has been a big challenge for her but she has been willing and eager to learn and we have been really impressed with how she has remembered all of our instructions and her steps. She has been attentive and listens carefully to her teachers and we have seen a lot of improvement in her dancing. And she is excited for Concert Day!
Congratulations to both Isabelle & Chloe – we are very proud of both of you!
And massive thanks to Reel Celtic’s Anile Snelleskz for continuing to support our award & our dancers’ efforts. Thanks Anile for your generosity.
** There are shortcuts to happiness and dance is one of them!”